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May 2009 - Motion by the CHA membership on the European Framework Decision - Censorship and Xenophobia
 
The General Members' Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association wishes to register its deep concern over the Council of the European Union’s Framework Decision; specifically the provisions calling for criminal penalties to be imposed on those publishing works of history deemed to be racist or xenophobic by administrative tribunals in the position to initiate legal proceedings.


Historical scholarship, like all scholarship, is subject to peer review; that is, it is subject to the judgement and criticism of members of the particular scholarly community of which the researcher is a part. If another body seeks to influence its course by the threat of legal sanction the result will be the distortion of research and the intimidation of researchers.


Any limitation on freedom of research or expression, however well-intentioned, violates a fundamental principle of scholarship: that the researcher must be able to investigate any aspect of the past and to report without fear what the evidence reveals.


For these reasons, the Canadian Historical Association urges the Council of the European Union and its member states to consider the serious implications of the Framework decision for freedom of research and expression and temper the implementation of it accordingly.

May 2009 - Motion by the CHA membership on the European Framework Decision - Censorship and Xenophobia
 
The General Members' Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association wishes to register its deep concern over the Council of the European Union’s Framework Decision; specifically the provisions calling for criminal penalties to be imposed on those publishing works of history deemed to be racist or xenophobic by administrative tribunals in the position to initiate legal proceedings.
Historical scholarship, like all scholarship, is subject to peer review; that is, it is subject to the judgement and criticism of members of the particular scholarly community of which the researcher is a part. If another body seeks to influence its course by the threat of legal sanction the result will be the distortion of research and the intimidation of researchers.
Any limitation on freedom of research or expression, however well-intentioned, violates a fundamental principle of scholarship: that the researcher must be able to investigate any aspect of the past and to report without fear what the evidence reveals.
For these reasons, the Canadian Historical Association urges the Council of the European Union and its member states to consider the serious implications of the Framework decision for freedom of research and expression and temper the implementation of it accordingly.
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