Thursday, October 12, 2006

Mr Pot, meet Mme Kettle

France's lower house of Parliament has passed a Bill that would criminalise the denial of the Armenian genocide of 1915. The Turks have caused outrage in the EU with politically motivated trials of writers who dare to mention the inconvenient deaths of 1.5m fellow citizens at the hands of their Ottoman forebears.

I touched on this subject in my speech in Istanbul on Saturday. Turkey could not become a party to the first protocol to the Council of Europe's Cybercrime Treaty, which requires signatory states to criminalise genocide denial. My conclusion however was that no state should create such thought crimes, but should instead fund academic historians to expose the claims of Nazi revisionists and Turkish nationalists alike.

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