A file photo of French Armenians
taking part in a commemoration ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of
the Armenian genocide (Getty)
French parliament has passed a law banning the denial of the Armenian
“genocide” and other crimes classifiable as being against humanity.
unanimously passed amendment states that the “denial or trivialization”
of events such as genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes or
slavery will result in state pursued legal action, the Independent reported on Sunday.
According to the new law, denying the Armenian genocide could result in up to one year in prison and a 45,000-euro fine.
officially passed the Armenian genocide act in 2001, and first tried to
ban its denial in 2012, but failed over claims made by the
Constitutional Council, which said it would hinder freedom of
Despite the fact that
it still requires approval by France’s Senate, the supporters of the
act hope that it will be implemented before the beginning of 2017.
people carry torches during a march in commemoration of the 101st
anniversary of the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman forces in 1915.
say up to 1.5 million Armenian Christians were systematically
slaughtered in eastern Turkey through mass killing, forced relocations
and starvation, a process that began in 1915 and took over several years
during World War I and the break-up of the Ottoman Empire.
rejects the term “genocide” and says 300,000 to 500,000 Armenians, and
at least as many Turks perished between 1915 and 1917, in what the
Turkish government sees as the “casualties” of World War I. Only a few
countries, including France and Russia, officially recognize the events
In June, the German parliament also approved a resolution recognizing the killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide.