“Polish People’s Party” Plans to Legally Establish a Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Genocide Committed by OUN-UPA

Translated by Ollie Richardson



The Polish People’s Party (PSL) suggested to establish July 11th as the Day of remembrance of Poles who perished at the hands of Ukrainian nationalists in the eastern border regions of Poland. The relevant bill was submitted to the Polish parliament. This was reported by “Polskie Radio” with reference to the website of the party.

“PSL submitted a draft law that establishes July 11th as the Day of remembrance of the victims of the ‘genocide of OUN-UPA‘ in the eastern border regions of Poland,” it is said in the statement.

“This day must be celebrated as a warning for future generations,” noted the leader of PSL Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz.

The party reported that people demand the adoption of a law that will cement this day as a state commemorative date.

It is specified that the PSL draft also provides a change in the law on the Institute of National Memory — a Commission for the prosecution of those behind crimes against the Polish nation. PSL suggested to add to the catalog of crimes committed concerning Poles and Polish citizens of other nationalities from November 8th, 1917 to July 31st, 1990, crimes committed by Ukrainian nationalists.

It is also reported that the head of PSL at a press conference noted that the political party wants to forbid any ideology connected with OUN-UPA in Poland. Prosecution for such cases and punishment in the form of a fine, restrictions of freedom, or imprisonment for a period of up to two years is proposed.

At the same time PSL, as was noted, continues to express “special gratitude to those Ukrainians who, often risking their lives, saved and helped their Polish neighbors”.

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