14:52 06.02.2018

Duda says he will sign law on National Memory Institute, send it to Polish Constitutional Court

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Duda says he will sign law on National Memory Institute, send it to Polish Constitutional Court

 Polish President Andrzej Duda has said he will sign changes to the law on the Institute of National Remembrance – Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation, which provides, in particular, punishment for "crimes of Ukrainian nationalists" and will send it to the Constitutional Court of the country.

"I decided that I would sign the law on the Institute of National Remembrance, and I will give it to the Constitutional Court," Duda said in his statement on the law on the Institute of National Remembrance, the Office of the Polish president said on its official Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon.

The president of Poland noted that this is not a new law and added that he discussed this issue more than a year ago, also during his visit to Israel. In this regard, the Polish president noted that it is extremely important for him to build good relations between Poland and Israel.

"It is extremely important for me that we, like the Poles, are not mentioned as participants in the Holocaust. The historical truth is that the Poles did not take part in the Holocaust in any systematic way," the Polish president's Office quoted Duda as saying.

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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