PACE committee adopts text condemning communist crimes

December 14, 2005 - The Political Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted a draft resolution condemning the crimes of totalitarian communist regimes. A final vote is expected at the PACE winter session being at the end of January. More information:

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Political Affairs Committee adopts a text on the condemnation of crimes of totalitarian communist regimes [14/12/05] PACE's Political Affairs Committee, meeting in Paris today, adopted a draft resolution and a draft recommendation on the "Need for international condemnation of the crimes of totalitarian communist regimes". The text, prepared par Göran Lindblad (Sweden, EPP/CD), strongly condemns the massive human rights violations committed by these regimes and expresses "sympathy, understanding and recognition to the victims of crimes". According to the committee, "this clear position of the international community will pave the way to further reconciliation".

Link to the report

Draft order of business (PDF)

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