Committee of the French Senate has bungled the Armenian genocide bill
Law Committee of the French Senate has not approved the text of the bill on imposing criminal penalties for denying the genocide of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in 1915. Most committee members considered the proposed version "unconstitutional".
23 senators, belonging to the relevant committee, voted for rejection of the bill. Nine senators voted against, eight abstained. According to the head of the Committee, the law of Jean-Pierre Syuera may violate the constitutional rights of citizens, including the freedom of speech.
According to Agence France-Presse, Turkey has highly appreciated the position of the Senate Committee. Press Attache at the Turkish Embassy in France Engin Solakoglu has welcomed the step of the Committee which "has clearly expressed its position, arguing the unconstitutionality of the legislative initiative".
"We expect that common sense will win in the Senate on Monday", the representative of the Turkish diplomats noted, speaking on the upcoming review of the document at the joint session of French Senate.
However, according to the observers, the most of senators are likely to approve the proposed text on Monday, even despite today's decision of a legislative committee. The ruling party and the opposition have already achieved the agreement on the need for such a law", the Vesti reported.
The vote on the bill will be held on January 23. Earlier, December 22, 2011, the lower house of France approved the bill. It implies a fine of up to 45 thousand euros and about one year in prison for denying the genocide.