The President Of Poland Andrzej Duda
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WARSAW, 6 February. /TASS./ The President of Poland Andrzej Duda signed a new law on the Institute of national memory, prescribing punishment for the use of the phrase “Polish death camps” and the distribution of other facts about the participation of the Polish nation in the Holocaust, which the authorities of the Republic believe is untrue. This was reported on Tuesday the press-Secretary of the head of state Krzysztof Lapinski.
“The President signed the updated law on the Institute of national memory,” he was quoted saying by the Polish press Agency .
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Previously, Duda has delivered a statement and announced the decision to sign the law. The head of state announced the intention to simultaneously exercise their right to check the new rules for compliance with the Constitution, by giving the law to the constitutional court. The purpose of the President to determine whether to limit the provisions of the law freedom of speech.
At the end of January the Polish Parliament adopted the law envisaging introduction of criminal liability for public dissemination of ideas about the guilt of the Polish nation or state or their complicity in the crimes committed by Nazi Germany, or other crimes against humanity and peace. Such offences include, in particular, the use of the phrase “Polish concentration camp”. In addition, the document prohibits propaganda in Poland, the Bandera ideology and the denial of the genocide in Volyn.
In Israel the law was seen as an opportunity to impose a penalty for the testimony of victims of the Holocaust. The Polish side claims that the law prohibits to blame the Holocaust not separate citizens of the country, and the entire Polish nation, the Polish state as a whole.