Skip to content
This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies. You can change your settings or learn more here.
OK
#Open journalism No news is bad news

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support The Journal
Polish President Andrzej Duda
Polish President Andrzej Duda
Image: Alik Keplicz via PA Images

Poland's president to sign controversial Holocaust bill into law

The law would set fines or a maximum three-year jail term for anyone who refers to Nazi German death camps as Polish.
Feb 6th 2018, 11:28 AM 14,928 82

POLAND’S PRESIDENT ANDRZEJ Duda has said that he will sign into law a controversial Holocaust bill which will penalise certain statements about the genocide.

The legislation proposed by Poland’s conservative ruling party has sparked a bitter dispute with Israel, which says it will infringe on free speech about the Holocaust.

The United States has also strongly opposed the legislation, saying it could hurt Poland’s strategic relations with Israel and the US.

The law would set fines or a maximum three-year jail term for anyone who erroneously refers to Nazi German death camps as Polish. Israel, has expressed concern that the legislation could serve to deny the involvement of individual Poles in the Holocaust.

Duda said he would also send the measure to the Constitutional Tribunal to rule on whether it conforms with laws on freedom of speech.

© – AFP, 2018

Read: What on earth is going on with the world’s stock markets this morning?

More: GPs will be permitted to conscientiously object to providing abortion services, Harris says

Send a tip to the author

AFP

COMMENTS (82)

This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
write a comment

    Leave a comment

     
    cancel reply
    Back to top