Legal Settlement of Communist Crimes

June 5, 2012
Legal Settlement of Communist Crimes

International Conference 5 June, 2012 European Parliament, Brussels Under the auspices of Ms Sandra Kalniete (LV), Mr László Tőkés (RO), Mr Tunne Kelam (EE), Mr Milan Zver (SI), Mr Vytautas Landsbergis (LT), Mr György Schöpflin (HU), Mr József Szájer (HU), Mr Paweł Robert Kowal (PL), Ms Monica Luisa Macovei (RO), Mr Olle Schmidt (SE), Ms...

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Verschollen, gesperrt, verdrängt – Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 10 May 2012

May 21, 2012

(“Lost, inaccessible, suppressed. The restrictive way of dealing with the Stasi files in Eastern Europe shows that in many places, the power of the old Communists has not been broken yet.”) The article deals with the establishment of the Platform, the position of the Platform on the membership application of the Bulgarian COMDOS and...

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Invitation – Conference “Legal Settlement of Communist Crimes”, 5 June 2012, European Parliament, Brussels

May 17, 2012

Prague/Brussels, 17 May, 2012. The Platform of European Memory and Conscience is inviting to an international conference “Legal Settlement of Communist Crimes“ which will be held on 5 June, 2012 in the European Parliament in Brussels.   Raising the issue of justice for the most serious crimes committed by the Communist dictatorships in Central...

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“Driven by a sincere effort to achieve legal redress for the crimes of communism and redeem the immense suffering that affected millions of citizens under totalitarian communist regimes, we request the legislative bodies of these countries and the authorities of the European Union to adopt effective legal norms that will allow just punishment of communist criminals and abolition of all benefits they still enjoy.”

The Declaration 2012 was adopted on 17 January, 2012 in Prague by representatives of 17 associations of victims of totalitarianism from the Czech Republic in the presence of Ambassadors (or their representatives) of European countries belonging to the former region of Soviet communist influence.

Further signatories are welcome to join the Declaration by sending an e-mail with the text
“We support the Declaration 2012: name of the organisation, address, name of the statutory representative“

to the e-mail address jar.muller@seznam.cz.

 

Signatories as of 3 June, 2012 (45):

Belarus – exile

  • Office of the Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic, Canada

Bulgaria

  • Hannah Arendt Center – Sofia
  • Citizen initiative FOR dismantling of the soviet army monument in Sofia
  • Асоциация на свободното слово “Анна Политковская” (Association for free speech “Anna Politkovskaya”)
  • SPCB – Society of holders of compensatory bonds-bonds issued by the Bulgarian government for compensation for non-restituted property confiscated in the time of the communist regime
  • Bulgarian association for art therapy

Czech Republic

  • Akademický klub 48 Brno (Academic club 48 Brno)
  • Asociace soukromého zemědělství České republiky (Association of private farmers in the Czech Republic)
  • CAROLINUM – Spolek absolventů a přátel Univerzity Karlovy (CAROLINUM – society of alumni and friends of the Charles University)
  • Český svaz technických praporů (Czech association of technical units)
  • Dcery 50. Let (Enemy’s daughters)
  • Klub Dr. Milady Horákové (Milada Horáková club)
  • Konfederace politických vězňů České republiky (Confederation of political prisoners of the Czech Republic)
  • Křesťanské akademické fórum Praha (Christian academic forum Prague)
  • Orel (Eagle)
  • Pražský akademický klub 48 (Prague academic club 48)
  • Sdružení křesťanských seniorů (Association of Christian seniors)
  • Společnost Antonína Švehly (Antonín Švehla society)
  • Společnost Edvarda Beneše (Edvard Beneš society)
  • Svaz PTP-VTNP České republiky (Association of the auxiliary technical units – military forced labour camps)
  • Svaz vlastníků půdy (Association of landowners)
  • Umění bez bariér (Art without barriers)

Germany

  • Stiftung Sächsische Gedenkstätten (Saxon Memorial Foundation)
  • Sächsischer Landesbeauftragter für die Stasi-Unterlagen (Saxon state commissioner for the Stasi records)
  • Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen (Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial)

Hungary

  • Történelmi Igazságtétel Bizottság (Committee for Historical Justice)
  • 56-os Szövetség (Alliance of 56)
  • Magyar Politikai Foglyok Szövetsége (Hungarian Association of Political Prisoners)
  • The Public Foundation for the Research of Central and East European History and Society – House of Terror Museum

Lithuania

  • Lietuvos politinių kalinių ir tremtinių bendrija (Lithuanian community of political prisoners and deportees)
  • Lietuvos politinių kalinių ir tremtinių sąjunga (Lithuanian union of political prisoners and deportees)
  • Lietuvos politinių kalinių sąjunga (Lithuanian union of political prisoners)
  • Lietuvos Laisvės Kovos Sąjūdis (The Movement of the Struggle for Freedom of Lithuania)
  • 1941 m. birželio 22–28 dienų sukilėlių sąjunga (The Union of the Rebels of June 22–28, 1941)
  • Lietuvos kariuomenės karių, nukentėjusių nuo sovietinio ir nacistinio genocido, artimųjų sąjunga (The Union of the Kin of the Lithuanian Soldiers who Suffered from Soviet and Nazi Genocide)
  • Lietuvos laisvės kovotojų sąjunga (The Lithuanian Union of Freedom Fighters)
  • Lietuvos Nepriklausomybės gynimo Sausio 13-osios brolija (Brotherhood of January 13, the Defense of Lithuanian Independence)
  • Laisvės kovų dalyvių sąjunga (The Union of Participants of Freedom Fights)
  • Kolymos draugija (The Society of Kolyma)
  • Laptevų jūros tremtinių brolija Lapteviečiai (Brotherhood of the Laptev Sea Exiles)
  • Lietuvos gyventojų genocido ir rezistencijos tyrimo centras (Genocide and resistance research centre of Lithuania)

Latvia

  • Latvijas okupacijas muzeja biedriba (Occupation Museum Association of Latvia)

Romania

  • Asociatia Pro Democratia (Pro Democracy Association), Associatia Corneliu Copusu

Slovenia

  • Nova slovenska zaveza (New Slovenian commitment)

Platform President visits former political prisoners in Bulgaria

March 24, 2012

Sofia, 23 March, 2012. Göran Lindblad, President of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience, visited Sofia upon invitation by the former President of Bulgaria, Mr Petar Stoyanov and associations of former political prisoners of the Communist regime. He discussed the issue of international justice and coming to terms with the crimes of Communism...

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Bulgarian committee COMDOS presently not welcome to join the Platform of European Memory and Conscience

February 21, 2012

Prague
 /
 Strasbourg,
 21
 February,
 2012. To 
the
 knowledge 
of
 the
 Platform,
 COMDOS is
 led 
by
 persons
 who 
served 
the 
totalitarian
 regime.
 This 
is 
in
 violation
 of
 the 
Code 
adopted
 by 
the 
founders 
of
 the
 Platform. The
 nine‐member
 Committee
 includes 
several 
persons
 who
 actively 
served
 and
 supported 
the 
totalitarian 
Communist 
regime. 
This 
represents 
a...

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Constituting meeting of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience

October 26, 2011

Prague, 13-14 October, 2011 under the auspices of Mr Petr Nečas, Prime minister of the Czech Republic During the two-day constituting meeting hosted by the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, the 20 founding Members discussed the final wording of the Agreement establishing the Platform and the Statute of the Platform and elected...

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Representatives of the Platform

October 26, 2011
Representatives of the Platform

Representatives of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience elected on 19 November 2015: President: Göran Lindblad, Sweden, former MP and former Chairman, Political Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Executive Board: Toomas Hiio, Estonia, Member of the Board, Estonian Institute of Historical Memory Zsolt Szilágyi, Romania, Head of...

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Crimes of the Communist Regimes – an assessment by historians and legal experts

October 26, 2011
Crimes of the Communist Regimes – an assessment by historians and legal experts

Proceedings from the international conference (www.crimesofcommunism.eu) held in Prague on 24-26 February, 2010 The conference was organised by the Czech Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes in cooperation with partner institutions and organisations from the working group on the Platform of European Memory and Conscience. The book, which was published with the kind...

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