Decommunization law in its current form should be repealed, — Amnesty International

Source : 112 Ukraine

The organization stressed that the essence of law concerns the external characteristics, but not the solution of problem
18:13, 12 May 2017

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The law on decommunization in its current edition should simply be abolished. This was reported by Oksana Pokalchuk, the current Executive Director of Amnesty International in Ukraine, in an interview to Ukrainian News.

"The law in its current form should be repealed. It cannot exist. The essence of the law concerns the external characteristics, which do not include the subjective side at all. If the government wants to limit incitements to violence, it should do it, but in another way," she noted.

Pokalchuk stressed that the organization insists on its position as two years ago: people cannot face criminal charges for using symbolics, if this usage was not aiming to call for violence or aggression. 

She explained that Amnesty International is not calling to break the law, but draws attention to the fact that this law violates human rights.

She also added that it is incorrect to compare Soviet and Nazi symbols.

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