Erfurt, 9 April 2013. The Platform of European Memory and Conscience is concerned by the recent developments in the Czech Republic where the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes is being targeted by a political campaign which is aimed against its state-of-the-art digitization department as well as at changing the focus of the Institute`s work.
There will be no true integration, freedom, peace and prosperity in Europe without a full disclosure of the crimes of the totalitarian past, without a broad dissemination of and reflection on this knowledge, without justice and reconciliation in society. Any attempts to thwart this process will lead to a weakening of democracy and increase the danger of recurrence of non-democratic regimes, which is of special concern today, at the time of the ongoing economic crisis in the Eurozone.
The Platform therefore calls upon all democratic forces in the Czech Republic to ensure that the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes can continue fulfilling its mission as defined in the Act No. 181/2007 Coll., on the Institute and the Archive.
On behalf of the Platform,