Welcome and opening speech by Dr. Roos on the occasion of the international experts’ conference „Lustration"

von Dr. iur. Stefanie Ricarda Roos

"Lustration and Consolidation of Democracy and Rule of Law in Central and Eastern Europe"

Reconciliation with the past or dealing with the communist/socialist past respectively and public remembrance culture is a traditional area of work and a central issue for the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung which promotes democracy and rule of law worldwide. The Rule of Law Program South East Europe supports measures on “Coping with the past” in its seven program countries Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia.


One focus of our work in this sector is on aspects of the political-judicial coping with the past, i.e. on the investigation of the question how the past can be dealt and coped with by law and within the boundaries set by the rule of law. „Lustration is meant to create a breathing space for democracy, where it can lay down roots without the danger that the people in high positions of power will try to undermine it. The aim of lustration is not to punish people presumed guilty – this is the task of prosecutors using criminal law – but to protect the newly-emerged democracy.” (Severin, Measures to dismantle the heritage of the former communist totalitarian systems, Doc. 7568, 3 June 1996)




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