Italy’s parliament approves bill criminalizing Holocaust denial
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Italy’s parliament approves bill criminalizing Holocaust denial

New law would only apply to claims when ‘there is a real danger of their dissemination’

Holocaust survivors walk with others through the main gate of the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz in Poland, on January 27, 2016 (AP/Czarek Sokolowski)
Holocaust survivors walk with others through the main gate of the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz in Poland, on January 27, 2016 (AP/Czarek Sokolowski)

Italy’s Parliament approved a bill making spreading Holocaust denial illegal.

The bill, which adds to an existing anti-racism bill, was approved Wednesday evening by the lower assembly of the Parliament, the Chamber of Deputies, by a vote of 237-5, with 102 abstentions.

The new law would go after those who deny genocide or crimes against humanity, using the definition by the International Court of Justice, the German news agency DPA reported. Those convicted could face prison terms of two to six years.

The measure punishes ideas “based entirely or partly” on negationist ideology only when “there is a real danger of their dissemination,” according to DPA.

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