The government wants to make it a crime to “deny genocide”


Published October 21, 2021 at 10:37 pm

Domestic. The government appoints a parliamentary committee to decide whether it should be punishable to deny the Holocaust and “other genocides”, “crimes against humanity and war crimes” and more. This was announced by Minister of Justice and Migration Morgan Johansson at a press conference on Thursday.

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During Stefan Löfven's so – called Holocaust Forum in Malmö last week, the government gave promises to international parties about new restrictions on Swedish freedom of expression.

– We are now appointing this committee to investigate a special crime is to be introduced for the denial of the Holocaust. It was one of Sweden's commitments at Malmö International Forum to commemorate the Holocaust and fight anti-Semitism, says Morgan Johansson.

But it is not just the Holocaust that it may be illegal to question.

The European Commission has also expressed views on the Swedish implementation of EU legal provisions on the criminalization of “public apology, denial and flagrant reduction of genocide and certain other crimes”.

The committee is instructed to take a position on whether special criminal liability should be introduced for “public apology, denial or flagrant degradation of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes as defined in the Charter of the International Criminal Court, crimes against peace, war crimes and crimes against humanity as defined in the International Military Tribunal, having regard to the possibilities for restriction contained in the Racism Framework Decision “.

S tefan Johansson, Justice of the Supreme Court, will chair the committee. The report must be submitted by 20 April 2023.