Institute of National Remembrance

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Institute of National Remembrance — Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation (Polish: Instytut Pamięci Narodowej — Komisja Ścigania Zbrodni przeciwko Narodowi Polskiemu; IPN) is a Polish government-affiliated research institute with lustration prerogatives[1] and prosecution powers[2] founded by specific legislation.[1] It specialises in the legal and historical sciences and in particular the recent history of Poland.[3] IPN investigates both Nazi and Communist crimes committed in Poland, documents its findings and disseminates the results of its investigations to the public.[3]

According to a law passed on March 15, 2007, IPN was to be mandated to carry out lustration procedures prescribed by Polish law.[1] However, key articles of that law were judged unconstitutional by Poland's constitutional court on May 11, 2007 so the role of IPN in the lustration process is at present unclear.[4]

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Purpose

IPN's main areas of activity[3] and mission statement[2] include:

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