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International Holocaust Remembrance Day: Commission calls on Member States to criminalise denial of crimes against humanity

Tuesday 28 January 2014
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A new report published by the European Commission on 27 January finds that most EU Member States have not yet correctly implemented EU rules designed to tackle racist and xenophobic hate crimes. Member States unanimously adopted the 2008 Framework Decision on combating racism and xenophobia through criminal law, yet national laws in a number of countries remain inadequate.

In particular, national provisions against denial, condoning or grossly trivialising certain crimes – such as crimes against humanity – remain inadequate in 20 Member States.

Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner, in a speech on the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, said: "Today, we have achieved peace between nations in the European Union. Yet another challenge remains: to continue the quest for tolerance within our own societies. Nobody should ever have to experience hate speech or hate crime. So today I am calling on all EU Member States to take action to fully transpose the EU Framework Decision and make sure it is applied on the ground."

Click here to read the Press release

Click here for the report

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