ISTANBUL, Turkey (A.W.)—On Dec. 29, the Committee Against Racism and Discrimination (Istanbul Branch, Human Rights Association) sent the following letter to French MP Valerie Boyer, the author of the bill criminalizing the denial of the Armenian Genocide in France, in which it condemned the threats she’s received since the bill passed on Dec. 22. That day, the same group issued a press release and initiated a signature campaign calling on all Turks to unite against genocide denial, instead of the French Parliament.
Dear Ms. Valérie Boyer,
We have learned from the press with deep regret that your website has been hacked and you have been receiving outrageous insults and threats from nationalist-racist Turks because of the bill criminalizing the denial of Armenian Genocide that you proposed to the French Parliament.
We, as the Committee Against Racism and Discrimination, at the Istanbul Branch of the Human Rights Association, Turkey, declare before the world that we condemn and protest this display of racist and sexist violence and hate crime committed against you.
Being the human rights defenders of a country that has directly witnessed how closely both nationalism and racism are intertwined with sexist violence, we know very well the crime committed against you and consider it to be committed against ourselves.
Believing that the denial of crimes against humanity such as genocide means complicity in the crime itself, we would like you to know that we stand by you and deeply share your rightful indignation against this act of violence because of the bill you prepared against the denial of genocide.
Human Rights Association
Committee Against Racism and Discrimination