Polish President to sign law banning 'Bandera ideology'

Source : 112 Ukraine

Earlier the MPs of the Ukrainian parliament urged Duda to not sign the document
15:08, 6 February 2018

112 Agency

Andrzej Duda, the President of Poland made a decision to sign the law on the Institute of National Remembrance of Poland as he reported on Twitter.

'I made a decision to sign the law on the Institute of National Remembrance and pass it to the Constitutional Military Court', the president noted.

According to Duda, the adopted law does not limit the artistic and scientific activity.

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'These points do not limit the artistic and scientific activity in no case. The final drafting of the points of 55 Article excludes the action of the law towards the artistic and scientific activity and it is clearly stated in the law', the press service of the Polish president stated.

Moreover, Duda reminded that the law is not spontaneous and it was worked out more than a year.

'It is not an offer that appeared a week or a month ago. Concerning this point, I spoke on it more than a year ago and spoke on it during my visit to Israel last year', he reported.

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President emphasized that there can be no place for hatred on grounds of the national or ethnical belongings in Poland.

'We all know where the anti-Semitism led. It cannot repeat in the history again', Duda claimed.

Also, he reminded that Poland as distinguished from other European countries never cooperated with the Nazi regime of Germany.

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Earlier the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the draft resolution on the statement of parliament as the response to the adoption of the amendments to the bill on the Institute of National Remembrance  adopted by the Sejm and Senate of Poland.

As we 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.

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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.

The Senate of Poland approved the draft law at the overnight on February 1. However, Polish leader Andrzej Duda intends to carefully consider the draft law about the Institute of the National Memory approved by the Sejm, the lower house of the Polish Parliament.

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