Prague, 31 March 2021 – The Platform of European Memory and Conscience expresses deep concern regarding the statement by Luljeta Bozo, Member of Parliament candidate in the forthcoming election in Albania, who said that Communism was a “constitutional dictatorship” and that it “developed Albania”, and that the Communist dictator Enver Hoxha had “more positives than negatives”. What concerns us even more is that the Socialist Party did not distance itself from the words of its candidate.
Albania was one of the countries most severely affected by Communism. Such historical negationism dishonours the memory of the thousands of victims and stands contrary to basic democratic values such as truth and justice. Glorifying any totalitarian regime should not be accepted in public life. The Platform wholeheartedly supports civil society representatives who call for Ms. Bozo to apologise and resign.
The Platform firmly stands by the position of the European Parliament, expressed in the resolution of 19 September 2019 on the importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe, in which the Parliament “condemns all manifestations and propagation of totalitarian ideologies” and “expresses its deep respect for each victim of these totalitarian regimes and calls on all EU institutions and actors to do their utmost to ensure that horrific totalitarian crimes against humanity and systemic gross human rights violations are remembered and brought before courts of law”.