Extracts from the EC statements on genocides, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed by totalitarian regimes
A European hearing entitled "crimes committed by totalitarian regimes" took place in Brussels on 8 April 2008. This was organised jointly by the Slovenian Presidency of the European Union and the European Commission around the two key issues of recognition of the crimes and reconciliation.
There were four sessions: (i) How to improve knowledge about totalitarian crimes? (ii) How to promote public awareness about totalitarian crimes? (iii) What lessons can be drawn from successful experiences? (iv) How to achieve reconciliation?
The aim of the hearing was to contribute to attaining a greater knowledge of these complex issues and to enable an exchange of views between independent experts, representatives of national institutes and NGOs dealing with these issues. Member States, Members of the European Parliament and representatives of the Council of Europe were also present and participated in the debate. SHOTLISTVIDEO PARLIAMENTSHOTLIST