B.Obama worried democracy in Poland, Ukraine and others soviet countrys.
After ours letter and coup d’etat en Poland Hillary Clinton arrived in Europe.
KRAKOW, Poland – Clinton laid a wreath and paid her respects at the Katyn Cross, a memorial to the nearly 100 Poles killed in an April plane crash in Russia en route to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Soviet massacre of Polish POWs in Katyn forest. Among those killed in the plane crash was Poland’s president, Lech Kaczynski.
Intolerant governments across the globe are « slowly crushing » activist and advocacy groups that play an essential role in the development of democracy, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Saturday.
She cited a broad range of countries where « the walls are closing in » on civic organizations such as unions, religious groups, rights advocates and other nongovernmental organizations that press for social change and shine a light on governments’ shortcomings.
Among those she named were China and Russia.
« Some of the countries engaging in these behaviors still claim to be democracies, » Clinton said at an international conference on the promotion of democracy and human rights. « Democracies don’t fear their own people. They recognize that citizens must be free to come together, to advocate and agitate. »
Before an audience of several hundred senior government officials, Clinton recalled Winston Churchill’s warning 60 years ago at Fulton, Mo., that an iron curtain was descending across Europe. She noted that with the collapse of the Soviet Union, that curtain no longer remains.
« But we must be wary of the steel vise in which governments around the world are slowly crushing civil society and the human spirit, » she said. Social activists, Clinton said, are being harassed, censored, cut off from funding, arrested, prosecuted or killed.
Clinton’s speech came at the opening of a 10th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Community of Democracies, which has 16 members and is meant to forge international consensus on ways to support and promote democracy.
Warsaw, January 15, 2010
Congress of the United States
Washington , DC 20515
Honorable Congressmen of the United States of America,
Being grouped in various nongovernmental organization, we express our deep concern and anxiety about the lack of any international legal measures that have not been taken for the last twenty years since the political changes took place in Europe, with regard to return and compensation for real estates plundered by subsequent totalitarian regimes in this part of the world.
The lands of former Republic of Poland, presently located within the boundaries of Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine, are somehow excluded from restitution of estates. As regards legal aspect, the situation in Belarus and Ukraine is totally different from Lithuania and Poland, the latter being member states of the European Union. Please note that art. 6 of the Treaty on European Union requires the member states to implement and observe the principles of democracy and the rule of law, and, consequently, to respect proprietary and ownership rights as well as to disregard regulations of totalitarian laws. Thus the two states in question, while enjoying the benefits of EU structures and maintaining appearances of democratic countries under the rule of law, have actually distributed the plundered estates and, what is more, do not feel obliged to their return or to any compensation payments. Such a policy adopted towards the lawful owners of these estates, is a continuation of well-known and well-tested methods of a totalitarian regime.
In Poland there are still valid and in full effect, the illegal communist decrees on land reform dating back to 1944 as well as a decree of October 26, 1945 on the ownership and use of lands located in the capital city of Warsaw, depriving natural persons of proprietary rights and compensations for their seized property.
For the last twenty years that lapsed since 1989 we have observed that an apparent negligence in the legislative process of property restitution have, in most cases, been aimed to allow persons of a particular social group to take the concerned estates over the head of their legal owners.
Since the very beginning of the change of political system in Poland, our estates have been transferred to third parties.
The above named decrees breach – and were in breach the very moment they were implemented – rights specified in the Constitution of Poland.
We are in a situation defying all the principles of a state under the rule of law.
Communist “law” is still applied towards citizens by all the state authorities, including courts, administrative and legislative bodies.
International community conceals these facts, thus giving its assent to robbery of Polish, Jewish and other nationals of their property.
President of the Association of Landowners
Chairwoman of “Warszawiak” Association
Stowarzyszenie Mieszkańców Warszawy “WARSZAWIAK” [Association of Citizens of Warsaw], ul. Powsińska 104, 02-903 Warsawa, tel./fax +48 (22) 849 17 38, mobile +48 514 689 206