Petition No 0718/2023 by Mitja Ferenc (Slovenian) on preserving the memory of the victims of the post-war communist period in Slovenia

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0718/2023
Summary title: Petition No 0718/2023 by Mitja Ferenc (Slovenian) on preserving the memory of the victims of the post-war communist period in Slovenia
Petition number: 0718/2023
Topics: Culture and Heritage
Country: Slovenia

Petitioner data

Name: Mitja Ferenc

Petition Summary

The petitioner implores respect for the victims of the communist massacres in Slovenia, when, according to him, under the communist regime, hundreds of thousands of Slovenian residents were affected by communist violence in various forms and many of those who resisted the communist system and ideological repression in whatever form have been forgotten. In Slovenia, there is no designated day to honour the deceased and other victims of communism even though the previous Government of the Republic of Slovenia lead by Janez Janša declared May 17th as the National Day of Remembrance for all victims of communism. However, on the eve of Remembrance Day, the current Government, under the leadership of Robert Golob, revoked this decision. The petitioner refers to various declarations, such as the Prague Declaration on European Conscience and Communism from 3 June 2008, the European Parliament resolution of 2 April 2009 on European conscience and totalitarianism, the Vilnius Declaration adopted by the OSCE 3 July 2009 and to the establishment of the Europe-Wide Day of Remembrance for the victims of all totalitarian and authoritarian regimes to substantiate his requests. He asks the European Parliament to, among others, pay tribute to the victims of communist violence in Slovenia, to call upon the Government of the Republic of Slovenia to ratify the resolution on European consciousness and totalitarianism, and to condemn the Slovenian government’s decision to revoke the National Day of Remembrance for the victims of communist crimes on May 16, 2023.