MEPs call on top Czech officials over totalitarian studies institute

24-04-2013

A group of 25 MEPs on Wednesday called on top Czech officials to take action against the destabilization of the country’s Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, the news agency ČTK said. In a letter to the Czech president, prime minister and the head of the Senate, the deputies expressed their concern over the recent replacement of the institute’s director, which could lead to the closing down of the government-sponsored institute, the MEPs said.

Earlier this month, the institute’s overseeing board dismissed its director, Daniel Herman. Critics believe the move was politically motivated by the opposition which wants to change the discourse of the country’s communist past.