Dare I ask the obvious question? — How is this “Islamophobia?”
(Trend) — The adoption of the law criminalizing the denial of the so-called “Armenian Genocide” is a sign of Islamophobia in France, Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu told Trend on Tuesday.
“This law contradicts three fundamental principles of democracy — equality, freedom and brotherhood. It is a sign of growing Islamophobia,” Ihsanoglu said.
He called the law unacceptable, non-complying with historical facts and demonstrating double standards.
After a nearly eight-hour debate, the French Senate adopted the bill. Some 127 senators voted in favor, while 86 senators voted against on Jan.23.
MPs from the French president’s Union for Popular Movement (UMP) party, which has the parliamentary majority, proposed the bill aimed at criminalising the denial of the so-called “genocide” to the legislative committee of the National Assembly in early December.