Estonian Left Party



Executive Board
European Left Party




European Left Executive Board statement
on a draft resolution on communism at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe


A draft resolution is about to be tabled at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) aiming at establishing signs that would put communism and Nazism on an equal footing. Fifty years after the death of McCarthy, the rapporteur (EPP) of this text is attempting to relaunch a European-style neo-McCarthyism, legitimizing in advance threats of bans, like those which are currently hanging over the "Czech communist youth".

We underline the fact, that the whole procedure is beyond the legal competence of the Council of Europe. It tries to turn this body into an ideological court and to misuse it in the political struggle.

We would like to draw attention to the extremely serious nature of this initiative, which in effect is leading to rendering banal the Nazi genocide and to offending the memory of the many communist resistance fighters and victims of fascism.

We should remember that the Washington Holocaust Museum and the Shoah Memorial in Paris recently signed cooperation agreements with European communists, thereby rendering a legitimate homage to their contribution to the struggle for human liberty and dignity.

It is one thing is to condemn outright the crimes of Stalinism, which contradict the basic idea of Socialism. That goes without saying. Another thing is to let oneself be caught up in a dangerous and unworthy rewriting of History. We invite all democrats to reject any attempt of this nature.

Berlin, 15 January 2006

See also:

Parti communiste français Statement