Greek Cyprus criminalizes denial of ‘Armenian genocide’

Greek Cyprus’ President Nicos Anastasiades, left, and President of Greece, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, prepare to shake hands at the presidential palace following a meeting in the capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Monday, March 30 , 2015. AP Photos/Philippos Christou

Greek Cyprus has made it a crime to deny the Ottoman Turks committed genocide against Armenian Turks a century ago, a move likely to rile its old rival Turkey as peace talks on the ethnically-split island remain stalled.

The Greek Cypriot parliament passed a resolution on April 2 penalising the denial of genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes, modifying existing legislation, which required prior conviction by an international court to make denial a crime.

“Today is a historic day,” parliament speaker Yiannakis Omirou said, as quoted by Reuters. “It allows parliament to restore, with unanimous decisions and resolutions, historical truths”…

  • ontario john

    They must be all islamophobes. Everyone knows the religion of peace wouldn’t do such a thing.

  • Microaggressive

    Disgusting choice to criminalize expressed thoughts

    fuck them

    • winniec

      This is the 100th anniversary of the Genocides. All countries need to join in condemning it and demanding acknowledgement by Turkey.

  • Minicapt

    Someone will have to draw a picture for Erdogan.


  • winniec

    Now the Greeks should clean their own house and admit their genocide against the people of Macedonia. Both countries must pay reparations.

  • winniec

    The last sultan declared that the genocides of 3 million were the ‘greatest stain’ on the history of Turkey. (…’greatest’)

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    re: denial of Armenian Genocide

    I was running errands today and drove past an Armenian church in Scarborough, at Victoria Park and Huntingwood, with a large banner on their front lawn that reads…..

    ‘Armenian Genocide 1915 – 2015
    The truth shall set you free.’

    Good for those at the church for their ‘in your face’ approach to deniers of the Armenian Holocaust.