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Scandalous law on Institute of National Remembrance comes into force in Poland

The law provides the criminal penalty for the public accusation of Poland in the crimes committed during the Holocaust
11:20, 1 March 2018

Institute of National Remembrance of Poland

The law on the Institute of National Remembrance that extends the authorities of the establishment in the investigation of the crimes committed against the Poles came into force in Poland on March 1 as Wprost reported.

The law provides the criminal penalty for the public accusation of Poland in the crimes committed during the Holocaust, in the aiding to Nazi Germany, military crimes or the crimes against humanity. The draft law forbids using the phrase ‘Polish death camp’ for the description of the concentration camp existed in the territory of occupied Poland. Any citizen of the country or foreigner who violated the law will be sentenced to the payment of the fine or imprisonment up to three years.

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It also bans the denial of the Volyn Massacre of the 1940s and forbids the propaganda of the 'Banderite ideology’. The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine and world community criticized the law as it denies the Holocaust and distorts the image of the Ukrainians.

The law was adopted by both chambers of the Polish Parliament on February 1. Polish leader Andrzej Duda has signed the bill with amendments to the law about the Institute of the National Memory in Poland on February 6.

The US, Israel and Ukraine criticized the law. The Israeli Foreign Ministry reported that Israel absolutely seriously considers any attempts to violate the historical truth. The US State Department urged Warsaw to reconsider the law.

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Later Deputy Marshal of the Polish Sejm Ryszard Terlecki said 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.

‘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’.

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