Slovakia outlaws Communism, prohibits placement of monuments celebrating Communist or Nazi regimes

June 24th is declared the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Communist Regime

The placement of monuments celebrating the communist, Nazi or fascist regime and the naming of streets after representatives of these regimes should be prohibited. This follows from the amendment to the Act on the Immorality and Illegality of the Communist System, which was approved on Wednesday, November 4th by deputies of the National Council of the Slovak Republic. The communist regime should also be described as reprehensible, criminal and illegitimate, which violated human rights and freedoms.

The new legislation says that the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, as well as the Communist Party of Slovakia, were a criminal and reprehensible organizations whose activities were aimed at suppressing human rights and the democratic system.

The amendment prohibits the placement on memorials, monuments and memorial plaques of texts, images and symbols celebrating, promoting or defending any regime based on communist ideology, the Slovak Republic from 1939 to 1945 or any regime based on fascist or Nazi ideology or its representatives.

It is also prohibited to name streets and public spaces after representatives of these regimes.

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Violation of prohibitions will be considered a violation of public order and should be fined. The legislation is due to take effect on December 1st, 2020.

Also, June 24th is declared the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Communist Regime, while June 21 will be designated in the calendar as the Day of Withdrawal of the Soviet Army’s Occupation Troops from Czechoslovakia in 1991, and August 21st as the Day of Victims of the Occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968.

Sources: Tekdeeps, polishnews