The International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists submitted today to the Constitutional Court of Poland its position against the “Polish Memory Law” and requests determination that the Memory Law breaches Polish Constitution.
Today, 26 of June, the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (IAJLJ) submitted to the Polish Constitutional Court an amicus brief detailing its objections to the January 2018, amendment to the Act on the Institute of National Remembrance (further Polish Memory law). The Polish Memory Law, which was approved by the Polish Parliament states that anyone in Poland and abroad who attributes liability to Poland or to the Polish Nationfor crimes committed during the Holocaust, commits a crime punishable by deprivation of liberty of up to three years. The Polish Constitutional Court is the last resort able to determine that the Memory Law breaches Polish Constitution and, as such, must be invalidated. Adoption of the Law has already caused series of negative consequences. “The imposition of such criminal restrictions on freedom of expression not only strengthens the sentiment of anti-Semitism and encourages Holocaust deniers, but also harms Poland itself and its relations with the Jewish people,” said Adv. Meir Linzen, the President of (IAJLJ).
On 26 June 2018 the IAJLJ, which unites thousands of Jewish lawyers and jurists from around the world, submitted in the Constitutional Court an amicus brief as a “Friend of the Court.” Such an instrument of law allows one who is not a party to the case to express an opinion and share expertise — in the case at hand, resulting from the IAJLJ’s long-standing experience and involvement in counteracting anti-Semitism and protecting human rights worldwide. The Amicus Curiae brief of the IAJLJ aims to emphasize to the Constitutional Court in Poland the serious legal problems created by the amendment, as well as concerns with its implications.