Hungary supports Tallinn Declaration to prosecute Communist crimes

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Hungarian State Secretary of Justice, Róbert Répássy (pictured), was among the signatories of the Tallinn Declaration, which calls for setting up an institution to investigate and prosecute crimes committed by totalitarian regimes, Hungarian news agency MTI reported. 

Hungary was just one of the countries represented at the conference in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, marking the European Days of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism, the others being the Czech Republic, Georgia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal and the host country. Répássy said the countries expressed support for standing up together against totalitarian regimes, irrespective of the ideological basis they rest on or the form they take.

He also noted the necessity for such a common commitment, saying the practice of investigating and prosecuting the crimes committed by the Communist regimes has been insufficient and inconsistent in certain countries.

The state secretary said: “The signatories find it necessary to investigate the possibility of setting up an international institution specialising in investigating the crimes of totalitarian regimes including Communism, similarly to the one investigating Nazi crimes and punishing perpetrators."

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