Ironically, the vote was taken on the World Human Rights Day, December 10, 1997. On that day, the State Assembly (Parliament) of the Republic of Slovenia rejected by two votes the proposal for a Resolution on the unlawful activity of the Communist totalitarian regime in Slovenia.
Evidently the party in power is not prepared to disturb the status quo by righting the injustices of the 45 years of Communist rule. Although it is well known that this regime was responsible for multiple infringement of human rights, the Parliament has affirmed continuity with the former regime and blocked Slovenian democratic development by the 44 to 42 vote. This vote will prolong control of all the wealth in Slovenia by the former Communists and thus ensure more victories in democratic elections.
In spring of 1997, in the publication The Hour of European Truth for Slovenia, we the co-signers, warned of the need to break with the totalitarian system. We also cited that, in a nation of barely 2,000,000 people, the Communist rulers have caused quite a devastation:
This recent decision by the Parliament strongly confirms that a part of Slovenian society and the majority of Parliament is neither prepared nor able to confront the above facts and rectify the injustices. Instead, property has been transferred to the personal ownership of the former Communist ruling class. These same people -- with the aid of media - continue to maintain overall control over public life.
Indeed, the vituperative reaction of the media to The Hour of European Truth, and to the proposed Resolution on the unlawful activity of the Communist totalitarian regime in Slovenia, the concealment from the nation of the Council of Europe Resolution 1096, and persistent inadequate and biased reporting of the Parliamentary debates, together reveal that in Slovenia we are every day coming closer to the complete rule of those who would like to ensure the continuity of the former totalitarian structure.
For the above reasons, we the co-signers, in accordance with these findings and in keeping with Council of Europe Resolution 1096 on measures for dismantling remnants of the former totalitarian regimes
that the members of the Parliament of the Republic of Slovenia resolutely and in words of utter clarity condemn the activities of the Communist totalitarian regime in Slovenia and thereby clearly draw the dividing line between democracy and totalitarianism.
AUTHORS AND CO-SIGNERS OF The Hour of European Truth for Slovenia :