YEREVAN (Sputnik) — On Friday, lower house of the French Parliament approved an amendment to the bill titled "Equality and Citizenship" initiated by the French government, which stipulates a punishment for the Armenian Genocide denial.
"According to the document, the law "Equality and Citizenship" will be amended to provide for the criminalization of denial of genocides and crimes against humanity, including the denial of the Armenian genocide. We hope that the Senate will also approve the bill and that it will become a law. Thus, France will make another important and significant step in the prevention of genocide and crimes against humanity," Nalbandian said.
Around 1.2 million Armenians were killed or starved to death by the Ottoman Empire during and after World War I. Turkey has repeatedly denied accusations of committing mass murder of Armenians, claiming that the victims of the tragedy were both Turks and Armenians.