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Parliamentary question - E-002841/2019Parliamentary question
E-002841/2019

    Has the Armenian genocide been established by a final decision of an international court?

    Question for written answer E-002841-19
    to the Commission
    Rule 138
    Derk Jan Eppink (ECR)

    In paragraph 24 of the Order of the Court of First Instance of the European Communities of 17 December 2003 in Case T‐346/03, Krikorian and others (see paragraphs 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11, 12 and 24), reference was made to ‘the refusal by the Turkish Government to acknowledge the [Armenian] genocide …’.

    In paragraph 24 the Court did not make reference to ‘the refusal by the Turkish Government to acknowledge the alleged [Armenian] genocide …’.

    In the Court of Justice judgment of 29 October 2004 in Case C-18/04 P — see paragraphs 2, 3 and 6 — the appeal against the Court of First Instance order was dismissed. The bold words of the Court of First Instance and of the Court of Justice should be compared with the very cautious terms used by the European Court of Human Rights (see ECHR, Grand Chamber, 15 October 2015, Perinçek v. Switzerland, paragraphs 48, 102, 138, 159, 234, 253, 271 and 286).

    In the Commission’s opinion, has the Armenian genocide been established by a final decision of an international court within the meaning of Article 1(4) of Council Framework Decision 2008/913/JHA of 28 November 2008 on combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law?

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