Tillerson: US disappointed at Poland signing Holocaust bill

Tillerson: US disappointed at Poland signing Holocaust bill

The United States is disappointed that the Polish president has signed legislation that would impose criminal penalties for attributing Nazi crimes to the Polish state, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement.

"We understand this law will be referred to Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal. Enactment of this law adversely affects freedom of speech and academic inquiry," the Hill cited Tillerson as saying.

The criticism from Tillerson came hours after Polish President Andrzej Duda signed the measure, which would impose criminal penalties for blaming the Holocaust and other Nazi war crimes on the nation of Poland.
Prior to its signing, the measure faced criticism from the both the US and Israel, which argued that it would suppress open discussions about the Holocaust.

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