This House believes that Holocaust denial should be a criminal offence
The Holocaust is considered one of the most heinous acts in human history and is accepted as one of the largest “crimes against humanity” ever witnessed in contemporary human history. The Holocaust refers to the extermination policies carried out by the Nazi government of Germany (1933-45). This was a deliberate policy of extermination of certain groups, including Jews, people of Jewish ancestry, the Roma (eastern European travelling people), Communists, homosexual people and the mentally handicapped. Over six million people were estimated to have been executed by the Nazis in the holocaust. Holocaust denial is the rejection of important facts about the holocaust or the holocaust as a whole. Holocaust deniers assert that the Holocaust is a Jewish conspiracy manufactured by the allied forces in order to extract restitution from Germany and/or to justify the creation of the state of Israel. Many deniers believe that if they disprove one fact about the holocaust, they can therefore discredit the entire occurrence of the Holocaust as a whole.
Holocaust denial is a criminal offence in seventeen countries and in recent years has been proposed in European Parliament by Germany to become a criminal offence all across the EU.
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