The Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe (PACE) estimates that all 47 European countries need to recognize cases of “forcible transfer of population” before during and after World War II, according to a report submitted to the PACE by the Lithuanian Parliament Egidijus Vareikis.
He said that “deportations of population groups for political and ethnic groups” were formed in the former communist countries after the Second World War. Mr. Vareikis stresses that the consequences of this policy are felt even today.
The Assembly “condemns any transfer of population, whether in Europe or the rest of the world”, and considers that this practice constitutes a violation of human rights.
The PACE also called on member countries to “promote the adoption of a legally binding international instrument prohibiting any form of forcible transfer of population”.