Initiative “Legal settlement of the crimes of communism“


Platform of European Memory and Conscience

Prague/Brussels, 7 June 2012. The Platform of European Memory and Conscience is calling for the creation of a supranational judicial body for the gravest crimes committed by the Communist dictatorships. The call was announced at the conclusion of the international conference “Legal Settlement of Communist Crimes“ held on 5 June, 2012 in the European Parliament in Brussels under the auspices of a number of Members of the European Parliament, including its two former Presidents, Mr Jerzy Buzek and Mr HansGert Pöttering.

Press release

Declaration 2012

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. Initiative “Legal settlement of the crimes of communism“

The Declaration 2012 was adopted on 17 January, 2012  in the presence of Ambassadors (or their representatives) of European countries belonging to the former region of Soviet communist influence. The response to the Declaration 2012 will be evaluated together with them on 17 April, 2012 and at joint meetings thereafter.

Signatories as of 17 January, 2012:

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

Information about the initiative „Legal settlement of the crimes of communism“ (in Czech) is available on the web sites, Právní narovnání and, Cooperating organizations and institutions. Iniciativa „Právní narovnání zločinů komunismu“

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