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Rights & Wrongs: Poland, Climate Change, Srebrenica, and More

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008

POLAND'S LAST COMMUNIST LEADERS IN THE DOCK -- The Warsaw district court opened proceedings last Friday against former Communist Party Chairman Wojciech Jaruzelski and six other high-ranking former communist officials. They are charged for their roles in the declaration and maintenance of martial law in 1981, which resulted in mass arrests and politically motivated murders.

Lawyers for Jaruzelski, 84, argued the declaration was a defensive move designed to prevent a Soviet invasion in response to the Solidarity union movement's growing people power, but rights advocates have long decried the large scale abuses that occurred in the approximate 18 months Poland was under martial law. ...

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