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Duda signs controversial law on Institute of National Memory in Poland

The bill foresees criminal punishment for denial of the Volyn Massacre of the 1940s and bans the propaganda of the 'Banderite ideology'
08:35, 7 February 2018

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Polish leader Andrzej Duda has signed the bill with amendments to the law about the Institute of the National Memory in Poland. They stipulate criminal responsibility for denial of the Volyn Massacre of the 1940s and forbid the propaganda of the 'Banderite ideology' (Banderites are the far-right Ukrainian nationalists; currently, those who follow the ideas of Stepan Bandera, the founder of this movement in western Ukraine in the first half of the 20th century, - 112 International).  

The Polish President will then pass the law to the Constitutional Tribunal.

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Previously, Ukrainian MPs urged Duda to abstain from signing the document.  

As 112 International reported, the Senate of Poland adopted a law on the National Memory Institute of Poland, which criminalizes the denial of the crimes of Ukrainian nationalists against the Poles. Polish Sejm on January 26 adopted the bill, providing the criminal penalty for public accusations of Poland of crimes during Holocaust, of helping Nazi Germany, of military crimes or crimes against humanity. The bill forbids to use the combination of words “Polish death camp” when describing concentration camps that were on the territory of Poland. Any citizen of the country, including foreigners that breached the law will have to pay a fine or imprisoned for up to three years.

Related: US calls Poland to re-evaluate law on National Memory Institute

Amendments to the bill also provide for criminal liability for the denial of the Volyn tragedy and propaganda of "Bandera ideology". The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry expressed concern over the adoption of this document. The international community criticized him as "denying the Holocaust and depicting Ukrainians in an unattractive light." Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he was categorically against the adoption of this law.

Related: Ukrainian parliament urges Poland to not sign law banning 'Bandera ideology'

Related: Polish President to sign law banning 'Bandera ideology'

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