Call for action against the ban of communism in Poland

6/18/19 10:18 AM
  • Party Joint Statement Working Group En Europe Communist and workers' parties

Anti-communist persecution in Poland intensifies as the state authorities attempt to criminalize the communist activity by changes of the penal code. This is an element of the anti-communist campaign aimed at banning the Communist Party of Poland. The legal changes are also a part of the persecution such as a trial of the members of the CPP and the „Brzask" editorial board, lasting for about 3,5 years, despite the fact that the court on January declared them as innocent. At the same time the Polish authorities raise other obstacles to the communist activity as well as falsifying the history and destroying anything connected with communism and the Peoples' Poland.

The amendments to the penal code, including the ban of communist activity (article 256) were made just 10 days before the elections to the European Parliament. They mean heavier, unacceptable punishments and widening scope of punishable crimes. The changes are numerous and concern 105 out of 360 articles of the code. The government presented the changes as a reaction on the paedophilia scandal among the Catholic priests and related to this crime. However, just a few amendments concern it.

The reactionary changes have been proceded very hastily. On the 14th of May, the project was sent by the government to the parliament. The next day the Sejm (the lower chamber) started the legislative procedure and on 16th of May, it was voted and passed by the Sejm. Later it was passed to the upper chamber – Senate, which added further 43 amendments, and now returns to be voted in Sejm. The government has the majority in both chambers so it would not have any problems with passing the amendments. Next, the new law should be signed by the president. There is a widespread opinion of lawyers that changes of the code violate the constitution and human rights. However, the Constitutional Court is currently controlled by the judges nominated by the government.

Amended article 256* bans communism and equates it with Nazism and fascism. Previously it penalised the promotion of the „fascist or other totalitarian systems of the state". 10 years ago there was already an attempt to ban the communist symbols with the same article, it was met with internal and international protests and in 2011 it was cancelled by the Constitutional Court. However, in recent years the law was used very widely as shows the history of the trial of the CPP and „Brzask". The new version of the law bans the ideology, symbols or any other contents (prints, recordings), as well as presentation and possession of any symbol of this content. The new code also increases the penalty from 2 to 3 years of imprisonment.

The Communist Parties to oppose the anti-communist campaign and penalization of communist ideas in Poland.  We demand all the prosecutions against the communists to be stopped immediately

 

SolidNet Parties

  1. PADS, Algeria
  2. Communist Party of Australia
  3. Party of Labour of Austria
  4. Communist Party of Bangladesh
  5. Communist Party of Belgium
  6. Communist Party of Brazil
  7. Communist Party of Britain
  8. New Communist Party of Britain
  9. Communist Party of Canada
  10. Communist Party of Chile
  11. Socialist Workers' Party of Croatia
  12. AKEL
  13. Communist Party of Bohemia & Moravia
  14. Communist Party in Denmark
  15. French Communist Party
  16. German Communist Party
  17. Communist Party of Greece
  18. Hungarian Workers’ Party
  19. Tudeh Party of Iran
  20. Iraqi Communist Party
  21. Communist Party of Kurdistan-Iraq
  22. Communist Party of Ireland
  23. Workers Party of Ireland
  24. Communist Party of Israel
  25. Communist Party (Italy)
  26. Jordanian Communist Party
  27. Socialist Movement of Kazakhstan
  28. Lebanese Communist Party
  29. Communist Party of Luxembourg
  30. Communist Party of Malta
  31. New Communist Party of the Netherlands
  32. Communist Party of Pakistan
  33. Palestinian Communist Party
  34. Palestinian Peoples Party
  35. Philippine Communist Party [PKP 1930]
  36. Portuguese Communist Party
  37. Romanian Socialist Party
  38. Communist Party of the Russian Federation
  39. Union of Communist Parties-CPSU
  40. Russian Communist Workers Party
  41. Communists of Serbia
  42. Communist Party of the Workers of Spain
  43. Communist Party of the People of Spain
  44. Communists of Catalonia
  45. Communist Party of Sri Lanka
  46. Syrian Communist Party
  47. Syrian Communist Party (Unified)
  48. Communist Party of Turkey
  49. Communist Party of Ukraine 
  50. Communist Party USA

Other Parties 

  1. Pole of Communist Revival in France
  2. Galizan People’s Union (UPG)
  3. Party of Communists USA

 

 The statement is open for further endorsements