Changes in the Polish law on the National Remembrance Institute leave room for manipulation. This is stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, on Facebook.
"There is still room for manipulation, there is room for an attack on freedom of speech and freedom of thought," he wrote.
Klimkin stressed that "this legislation is bad for everyone, primarily for Poland and Poles."
The minister also commented on the closure of the case against the historian Grygoriy Kupriyanovich, calling this decision "a victory of common sense."
We recall, criminal proceedings against the Ukrainian historian Grigoriy Kupriyanovich opened because of a speech in Sagryni at the opening of the monument to local Ukrainians, who in 1944 became victims of the punitive action of the Army Krajowa.
The case was opened according to art. 133 of the Criminal Code of Poland - concerning the public insult of the Polish people. Under this article, a penalty of imprisonment of up to 3 years is provided.
Earlier Parliament of Poland voted for the introduction of amendments to the law on the Institute of National Remembrance today, on June 27. The MPs abolished a clause, which involves a criminal responsibility for the attribution of Nazi crimes to Poland during the WWII, according to TVN 24.
Mateusz Morawiecky, the Prime Minister initiated an amendment of the law. 388 MPs voted positively, 25 against.
‘Criminal responsibility has never been an end in itself for us. It was a fighting tool for the historical truth. It is clear that effective protection is possible by other means and actions that our government adopted over the last months,’ Michał Dworaczyk, the Head of the Office claimed this commenting the amendments.
Reportedly, the Senate of Poland adopted a law without amendments on Institute of National Remembrance on February 1, 2018. The law was providing a criminal responsibility for the attribution of Nazi crimes to Poland, in particular for using the designation of Polish Death Camps. In response, Israel condemned the Polish Government in Holocaust denial.
Articles of the law providing a criminal responsibility for denial the massacre of Poles in Volhynia and propaganda of Bandera ideology remained in force.