On July 17, Polish President Andrzej Duda signed a decree amending the law banning the promotion of communism or another totalitarian system in the names of buildings and public facilities, and the demolition of communist monuments.
This was reported on the website of the President of Poland.
For demolition of about 500 communist monuments, the Sejm and the Senate of Poland previously voted.
“Monuments, as well as other similar objects cannot pay tribute to persons, organizations, events or dates, symbolizing communism or another totalitarian device,” the law says in particular.
In addition, the law states that the list of these objects does not include monuments located in cemeteries or in the territories of any graves. In addition, an exception is made for monuments that are not put on public display, or are reflected for scientific purposes, for example, works of art. This also does not apply to monuments entered in the register of architectural monuments.
All other monuments of the communist era in the country should be dismantled within 12 months after the amendments enter into force.
What decommunization looks like in Ukraine and neighboring countries
The Ukrainian crisis media center has prepared an infographic on how decommunization is taking place in Ukraine and neighboring countries.
The European Commission “For Democracy through Law” (better known as the “Venice Commission”) has decided that Ukrainian law on decommunization does not comply with Council of Europe standards.
The Law of Ukraine “On the condemnation of communist and national-socialist (Nazi) totalitarian regimes in Ukraine and the prohibition of propaganda of their symbols” was adopted in BP on April 9, 2015, and entered into force in May 2015.
On its basis, the activities of the Communist Party have already been banned.
Nuremberg 2. 100 million people became victims of communism in the world – infographic
After Ukraine passed the decommunization laws, the Ukrainian crisis media center published the infographic When will Nuremberg 2 ?, according to which 100 million people became victims of communist regimes in different countries of the world.
“The communist regimes are among the bloodiest in world history. The practical implementation of the utopian ideas of communism, as a rule, meant numerous innocent victims. Now the crimes of communism are still awaiting condemnation on a global scale. Like many other countries, Ukraine has taken the first steps towards historical justice by adopting a package of decommunization laws, “the publication says.