French Parliament Member Valerie Boyer, who spearheaded last year’s effort to pass a bill criminalizing the denial of the Armenian Genocide, visited Tsitsernakaberd today to pay tribute to the memory of the Armenian genocide victims.
“I am very touched to be in Yerevan for this occasion. It is an absolute necessity for the Armenian Genocide to gain international recognition. Recognition is a question of dignity and honour, not only to recognize the past but also to reinforce ideals of human rights which are of great importance to the world we live in today,” Valerie Boyer said.
After successful passage of the bill in the French Parliament last December, on January 23, the French Senate passed the bill criminalizing the Armenian Genocide.
Later, the French Constitutional Council ruled that the bill was unconstitutional.