The amendments to the Law on National Remembrance Institute adopted by Poland are an example of a one-sided approach to history. Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin expressed this opinion in an article for Lviv Zbruch news agency.
"The law recognizes as crimes the "acts committed by Ukrainian nationalists in 1925-1950, which consist in the use of force, terror or other forms of human rights violations against individuals or social groups." Sorry, but it is in this period Ukrainian patriots struggled to liberate from foreign occupation of Western Ukraine, "he said.
According to the minister, the law is "in general about all the patriots who fought for the independence of Ukraine."
"It means that today any Ukrainian for any positive assessment of our liberation movements can be imprisoned in Poland for three years, since Poland thinks about it differently. It is the indigenous Ukrainian minority, and almost one million of our workers in Poland are under the real threat. Moreover, the punishment will concern the Ukrainian, even if his assessment was expressed in Ukraine. If consistently adhere to the letter of the new law, then the Polish police in Warsaw must take off such Ukrainians from the train, let’s say Kyiv - Berlin and to send them to jail or there is something I do not understand it?" Klimkin wrote.
As it was reported earlier, 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 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 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.
The U.S. State Department urged Poland on Wednesday to re-evaluate the draft law on the Institute of National Memory, expressing concern about consequences on Warsaw’s relations with the United States and Israel if the draft becomes law.