Lithuania: Parliament to discuss criminalising Lithuanian Communist Party

A group of MPs in Lithuania will submit to the parliament, the Seimas, a draft law to recognise the Communist Party of Lithuania (KPL) as a criminal organisation, ELTA reports. If approved, the law would impose legal consequences on KPL members who held leadership positions, restricting their participation in political and diplomatic activities in Lithuania. Additionally, individuals would be required to disclose their membership and involvement in KPL activities publicly. MP Audronius Azubalis of the Homeland Union, one of the initiators of the bill, emphasised the importance of taking action against crimes against humanity, noting that such crimes had no statute of limitations, regardless of whether they were committed by individuals or organisations. The new law could come into force before the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections.