Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Polish ex-Prime Minister refuses to comply with lustration laws

The former Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz has refused to sign a legally required document declaring whether or not he collaborated with the Communist-era secret police, news agency ITAR-TASS reports.
Cimoszewicz has told about it in a written form to rectors of university in Bialystok and humanitarian academy in Pultusk where he lectures now. According to Law on Lustration, about 700,000 Polish citizens are obliged to certify that they had not been secret informers of Communist political police.
Former Prime Minister has said in his letter that the Law on Lustration violates the Constitution of Poland and " humiliates human dignity".
Last week other former Polish Prime Minister, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, refused to sign similar document. Poland's PAP news agency quoted country’s first post-Communist Prime Minister as saying the requirement is "an attempt to humilate people."
Poland previously demanded that government officials comply with so-called lustration laws. But under a law backed by President Lech Kaczynski that came into effect last month, the requirement extends to academics, journalists, lawyers, and many others. Anyone filing a false declaration risks being barred from their profession for 10 years.