18:10 05.02.2018

Parliamentary committee to consult with representatives of foreign states on protection of Ukrainians in Poland

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The Verkhovna Rada's committee on foreign affairs will hold consultations with representatives of partner states on Monday on the protection of Ukrainians in Poland from possible negative consequences of the law on the Institute of National Remembrance, which was adopted by the Polish Sejm and the Senate, according to Hanna Hopko, the head of the committee.

"Today we will hold certain consultations in the committee with representatives of different countries, our strategic partners, as well as representatives of Poland, in order to discuss this situation and solutions, so that there is no escalation, the rights of Ukrainians currently working in Poland are protected, and so that this law does not serve as an instrument of pressure," she said at a meeting of the parliament's conciliatory council of the leaders of factions, committees and groups in Kyiv on Monday.

As reported, the Senate of Poland adopted early on February 1 without any amendments the law on the Institute of National Remembrance, which foresees, in particular, punishment for "crimes of Ukrainian nationalists."

The bill was supported by 57 senators, mainly from the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) Party, 23 voted against the document, and two abstained. Amendments to the law envisage fines or imprisonment for up to three years for "sharing responsibility before the Polish people or the state, including for crimes committed by the Third Reich."

In addition, the document envisages punishment for denial of the "Volyn massacre" and the use of the expression "Polish death camps" in relation to the camps that were located in Poland during the Second World War. The law will enter into force after signing by Polish President Andrzej Duda.

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