x

Society

Armenian Genocide Denial Criminalized

NICOSIA — Cyprus’ Parliament has legislated to criminalize the denial of the massacre of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago.

Parliamentary speaker Yiannakis Omirou says that through a unanimous vote, lawmakers can make denial of any historically proven massacre a crime.

Omirou said after a meeting with his Armenian counterpart April 2 that Cyprus was the first country to raise the issue of recognizing the Armenian genocide at the U.N. General Assembly in 1965. The event is widely viewed by scholars as the first genocide of the 20th Century.

Turkey however, denies that the deaths constituted genocide, saying the toll has been inflated, and that those killed were victims of civil war and unrest.

Armenians mark the centenary of the killings on April 24.

RELATED

NICOSIA — Thousands of workers in Cyprus, including government employees, teachers and builders walked off the job Thursday for an island-wide, three-hour work stoppage to protest what they claim is employers’ backpedaling on a deal for inflation-linked pay increases.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.