lundi 27 avril 2015

Dunja Mijatović (représentante de l'OSCE) critique la loi pénalisant la "négation" des "crimes de guerre" (pas ceux des Grecs, bien entendu) dans la Chypre grecque

Cyprus bill to criminalize denial of war crimes muzzles free expression, says OSCE Representative

VIENNA, 9 April 2015 – OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović expressed concern today that the Parliament of Cyprus approved a measure criminalizing the denial of war crimes.

The bill, adopted on 2 April, penalizes the denial or the gross degradation of war crimes recognized as such by the Parliament through a unanimous decision or a unanimous resolution.

Those convicted face prison terms of up to five years and a €10,000 fine.

“While fully acknowledging the humanitarian intentions of this bill, I believe that this measure raises serious concerns about compliance with international freedom of expression standards,” Mijatović said. “The authorities should have taken into consideration the right to openly discuss questions of a sensitive and controversial nature as one of the fundamental aspects of freedom of expression which distinguishes a tolerant and pluralistic democratic society from a repressive regime.”
Mijatović said criminalizing debates on history, even including false and offensive statements, is not conducive to a better understanding among people, communities and authorities of OSCE participating States.

Mijatović also said that prohibitions on particular statements related to the culture and history of different nations and regions would subordinate international free-speech standards to fragmented national strategies on the regulation of speech and expression and make worse the attempts to reconcile and ultimately seek justice for victims. Free speech and free media are essential in this process, she said.

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media observes media developments in all 57 OSCE participating States. She provides early warning on violations of freedom of expression and media freedom and promotes full compliance with OSCE media freedom commitments. Learn more at, Twitter: @OSCE_RFoM and on
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Voir également : Le nettoyage ethnique des Chypriotes turcs par les Chypriotes grecs (1960-1974)

Conflit chypriote : 500 Chypriotes turcs disparus en 1963-1974

Chypre, 1963 : le bain de sang de la "Semaine noire"

Quelques rappels sur l'intervention turque à Chypre

Turhan Feyzioğlu : "Chypre, la Grèce et le rêve de l'Enosis"

Jean Savard, "avocat de la défense"

Chypre : "Nul ne peut nier qu'il n'ait existé quelque chose d'irrationnel, de passionné, dans le choix du camp grec."