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

The statement claims that the Ukrainian parliament apprehended the adopted amendments in Poland with disappointment and deep concern as they impose the criminal responsibility for the denial of the so-called 'crimes of the Ukrainian nationalists'
14:36, 6 February 2018

The Verkhovna Rada

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 by the Sejm and Senate of Poland. 242 MPs supported the draft resolution as 112 Ukraine broadcasted.

The Verkhovna Rada expressed the position towards the Polish law and urged the President of Poland 'to use his constitutional powers to return reasonableness, rationality and benevolence to the Ukrainian-Polish relations'.

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The statement claims that the Ukrainian parliament apprehended the adopted amendments in Poland with disappointment and deep concern as they impose the criminal responsibility for the denial of the so-called 'crimes of the Ukrainian nationalists'.

'The candid dialog, free opinion exchange and academic freedom are under the threat of the criminal prosecution that is inconsistent with the democratic values. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine strongly does not accept and rejects the policy of the double standards and intrusion of the ides of the collective responsibility of the Ukrainian nation and attempt of Poland to equal the actions of all fighters for the independence of Ukraine to the crimes of two totalitarian regimes of 20 century: Nazi and communistic', the message said.

It is noted that the amendments adopted in Poland contradict the content and spirit of the strategic partnership between Ukraine and Republic of Poland and principles agreed in the Remembrance and Solidarity Declaration dated October 20, 2016. Within the Declaration Poland and Ukraine agreed with the necessity of the activation of the unbiased historical investigations and 'deterrent forces that lead to the debates in our countries'.

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'We should remember and pass the truth about current but not extracted from the overall context reasons of the blood-letting between our nations during WWII and other periods of our history that had the tragic influence for our nations. The undeniable is the fact that the rousing of the conflict between the traditionally friendly Ukrainian and Polish nations is beneficial for common enemies of our sovereignty and stateness such as Nazi and communistic regimes in the part and Russian aggressor and occupant in the present', the statement claimed.

The MPs also noted that the fact that the 'deployment of the anti-Ukrainian attitudes and creation of the aura of the pressure and intimidation can directly influence the rights and freedoms of mostly a million of the Ukrainian who are the labor migrants in Poland' raises the biggest concern.

Also, the expressed the concern due to the dismantlement of the Ukrainian memorials in Poland, attacks of the members of the religious events, members of the Ukrainian community in Poland, ban of the holding of the cultural events and chauvinistic rhetoric.

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'Only objective, balanced and unbiased estimation of all historical circumstances, joint experience of the historical facts, use of the personal but not collective responsibility for the crimes against humanity, military crimes that took place during the first half of 20th century, proper respect and equal care of the honoring of the memory of all victims on the territory of both out states and sincere Christian justification as Pope Saint John Paul II urged us will allow us to avoid the mistakes of the past and build strong and reliable strategic partnership between Ukraine and Poland that is the basis for the peace and safety of the whole Europe and world'.

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine expressed the solidarity with the international community in the issues of the non-admission of the denial of the Holocaust crimes. The Ukrainian parliament urged Poland for the openness and constructiveness in the further development of the bilateral relations.

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'We urge the President of Poland to use his constitutional powers and return reasonableness, rationality and benevolence to the Ukrainian-Polish relations along with the Polish Senate and Sejm'.

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.

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