We need to fight lies, which is why we change law on Institute of National Memory, - Morawiecki

Source : 112 Ukraine

Polish PM explained the necessity of submitting amendments to the controversial bill that evoked serious protest by Ukraine and Israel
08:37, 2 February 2018

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Poland needs amendments in the law on the Institute of National Memory, which foresees criminal responsibility for denying the 'Banderite ideology'. These are necessary to oppose the lies about crimes against Jews - the ones laid upon the innocent people. Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish Prime Minister said that in his address before the nation.

'The lies of Oswiecim are not just about denial of the Nazi crimes, but also other forms of falsification of our history. One of the worst kinds of these lies is diminishing of the responsibility of true criminals and attributing their crimes to their victims. We want to fight these lies in every possible manifestation. This is why we submit changes to the law about the Institute of the National Memory', he said.

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Morawiecki added that discussions about the Holocaust will never be brought to any limits in this country since Poles 'were its victims as well'.   

Ukraine’s foreign ministry expressed concerns over the law’s approval by the Sejm, pointing out that Poland is trying to depict Ukrainians as ‘criminal-bent nationalists’. In order to take effect, the law still has to be approved by the Senate and the President; however, it is widely considered that the most crucial stage – approval by the Sejm – is now over.

The draft law offers to impose criminal responsibility for the denial of the Nazi and Communist crimes, as well as responsibility for the denial of Volyn Massacre in the 1940s and propaganda of the Banderite ideology.

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