The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine supported draft decision #8602 on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the forcible eviction of Ukrainians from Poland, particularly from the areas of Lemkivshchyna, Nadsyannia, Chelm Land, Podlachia, Lyubachivsk and Western Boikivshchyna in 1944-1951 on the state level.
'The process of the deportation in 1944-1951 took place in the form of military operations against the civilians; it included grave violations of the rights and liberties of a human and a citizens, total ban for the return to the native lands, seizure of the property, restriction of the political, social, economic and cultural rights that led to the destruction of the Ukrainian cultural and historical heritage, put the ethnographic groups of the Ukrainian nation under the destructive threat,' the decision said.
To honor the memory of the victims of the forcible deportation, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine decided to mark the anniversary of the forcible eviction of Ukrainians from Poland, particularly from Lemkivshchyna, Nadsyannia, Chelm Land, Podlachia, Lyubachivsk and Western Boikivshchyna in 1944-1951 at the state level on September 8, 2019.
The president of Ukraine was recommended to announce 2019 the Year of commemoration of Ukrainians deported from Poland. The government was recommended to create the organizational committee during a month, work out and approve the events plan. The Education Ministry was recommended to hold the events at the schools and studying of the proper historical events.
The State Committee for TV and radio broadcasting should broadcast thematic programs and provide the coverage of the events of the honoring of the memory of Ukrainian victims of the forcible deportation in the mass media.
This decision comes into force from the day of its adoption.
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 was adopted by both chambers of the Polish Parliament on February 1. Polish leader Andrzej Duda signed the bill with amendments to the law about the Institute of the National Memory in Poland on February 6.