"Ukraine nationalists" provisions in Act on Poland's Institute of National Remembrance declared unconstitutional

14:53, 17 January 2019
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said the Constitutional Tribunal of Poland has declared that provisions on "Ukrainian nationalists" in the amended Act on the Institute of National Remembrance – Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation are unconstitutional.

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"The Constitutional Tribunal of Poland has declared unconstitutional such terms as the 'Ukrainian nationalists' and 'Eastern Malopolska' [an official name of Eastern Galicia during the Second Polish Republic, 1918–1939] in the Act on the Institute of National Remembrance," the president wrote on Facebook.

Poroshenko thanked Polish President Andrzej Duda for initiating the case and welcomed the decision.

"We are working further to strengthen the Ukrainian-Polish partnership," the president added.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the Polish Sejm and Senate in late January 2018 passed a draft law on the Institute of National Remembrance, which, inter alia, bans the promotion of Ukrainian nationalists' ideas. The law also introduces criminal liability for the assertion that the Poles were aiding the Nazis during World War II.

Duda signed the law and forwarded it to the country's Constitutional Tribunal for a review.

The Polish Foreign Ministry explains that the law concerns only those who publicly and contrary to facts deny the crimes committed by "collaborators of the Nazi regime" and noted that the main purpose of the law is "to combat all forms of denial and distortion of the truth about the Holocaust," as well as to fight with "talking down the responsibility of the true perpetrators."

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