After nearly six years of deliberations, the European Union has adopted a uniform policy regarding punishment of racism, Holocaust denial and prejudice.
Ministers of Interior and Justice from 27 countries decided that deniers of genocide – including the Holocaust – are to be jailed for one to three years. Parliaments of the individual member states have yet to ratify the proposed legislation.
Under the suggested law, EU countries would agree to punish anyone who incites violence and hatred towards a person or group because of their race, color, religion and ethnicity. Nazi symbols will not be banned by the EU, although member states France, Belgium, Germany, Austria and Spain classify their use as a criminal offense.