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Poland open to making amendments to law on “Bandera ideology”

Source : 112 Ukraine

It was noted that the law hadn’t been adopted for a year due to the delicacy of Ukrainian issue, not Israeli
11:30, 24 February 2018

112 Agency

Deputy Marshal of the Polish Sejm Ryszard Terlecki says that amendments could be made to the controversial law on the Institute of National Remembrance and notes that with the Ukrainian issue, certain moderation is needed, according to Polish radio.

“It seems that the amendments to the law on the Institute of National Remembrance were right since the Polish state hadn’t had the instruments to prosecute such crimes and with this, it obtained such an instrument, a theoretical opportunity to prosecute individuals who lie about Polish history,” Terlecki told TVP Info on Thursday.

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At the same time, he says, “the Ukrainian part of the law may be amended”. “Thus Ukrainian part, truth be told, most of all needs certain moderation. The law was dragging along for a year because of expenditure of categories, adding words, increasing the legal confusion. It seemed that at the end of this process, the document will be very sensitive, but thus Ukrainian part is hard for Ukrainians. But Ukraine adopted a similar law, although it doesn’t specify the measure of punishment, it is about crimes when someone doubts the accomplishments of those who fought with communists, despite the fact that they also committed crimes against Poles,” Ryszard Terlecki noted.

As we reported earlier, On Friday, Jan. 26, the Sejm of Poland has adopted the amendment to the law on the Institute of National Remembrance, which criminalizes the denial of the crimes of Ukrainian nationalists against the Poles.

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The amendments to the bill also provide criminal liability or fines for denying the Volyn tragedy and spreading propaganda of "Bandera ideology". The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry expressed concern over the adoption of this document. The international community criticized it 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: Ukrainians in Poland are questioned about Bandera to get permission to stay

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