Turkish parliament condemns French Armenian genocide denial bill Joshua Pantesco at 10:45 AM ET
[JURIST] The Turkish Parliament [official website, in Turkish] on Tuesday passed a resolution condemning a French bill [text, in French] that criminalizes any refusal to characterize the WWI-era mass killings of Armenians [ANI backgrounder] in Turkey as genocide, but did not take any further retaliatory action. The bill passed France's lower house [JURIST report] last week but still needs approval by the French Senate and President Jacques Chirac to become national law. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, meanwhile, has urged the French Senate to reject the bill [press release; AP report] as a violation of free speech principles.
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