WHO IS AFRAID OF THE FILES?

2024-02-25 15:23:52Pikëpamje SHKRUAR NGA MONIKA STAFA

By Monica STAFA

In Tirana these days are held the Days of Memory organized by the Institute for Democracy, Media and Culture. The purpose of this civic and historical initiative is that it does not yet give us the necessary tranquility to leave behind what we call our common past.

The Communist past. The regime of an era that weighs Albania so long that its people still refuse to look it in the eye.

For the first time, the law on opening files, on decommunistization, for the finding of unnamed graves, for the stolen property of victims of that regime has been returned for discussion. And for anything that hasn't put you in place for more than three decades. You are the ones who are in the midst of your life today, and you will be asleep in your home.

Every time the elections approach, there are controversies, laws are drafted, commissions are created (such as the Bezhani commission and the Mezini commission), all with the chief words of the files. But do the files, the secret ones, those that weigh not only morally but also legally, nearly three decades after the overthrow of communism, continue to be under the same regime of control and also an instrument of war and political threat?

The secret of these files expresses the power of the past over the present. The departure from the legal regulation of access to files of former secret security associates means that today's lawmakers are not free to decide on separation from the past. Through secret archive files ensures the occult continuity of the old class in government and public administration at all levels.

Germany is a country that has created a safe filter through the access policy for the full verification of the fate of victims for political elites to be purged and decommunistized, but we cannot insist that the German model is the only one to decommunistify the Albanian society.

And is he the best?

Opening up files teaches us a lot from our past. How the previous system was. How have people been persecuted and how they have managed to build their own destiny at the expense of the other. This is very important for the victims but also for generations to come.

Why are the lawmakers afraid to know the victim's right to know why they were convicted, who persecuted them, who condemned them? This is an individual right, which is realized for each individual and has no direct public effect. The only effect is punishment by means of vote, which essentially means the rejection of those individuals who still keep the Albanian society within the old mindset and do not allow its decommunistization, not in the sense of any new Machismo, because in open societies there is room for all ideas, but simply through the exodus of former communists from power and the refusal of their use of power in an occult way.

That would be their freedom of democratic vote.

If the right of the victim is general and unconditional, individual and non-public, this would constitute the first step of enlightening the past and building political prophylaxis to prevent the repetition of persecution. From there would begin that process, usually called "the lustration", the lustration, which is not carried out only in Albania.

The lustration doesn't end that way. The law should also recognize the right of researchers and researchers to navigate according to the strictly standard rules in the dreaded database that powers and governments have either hidden with terrible jealousy or threatened each other with equal arrogance.

It is the voters who, knowing what everyone's past has been, decide in the most democratic way which ones to allow to pass through the filter of their vote and whom to punish with dissect. The fact that none of these rights are pronounced or expected to be pronounced, even in this routine edition of the debate on files, shows that in the high political administration of the state there are many who, when mentioned, actually fear the vote, despite threatening each other with nicknames, from the rhapsodian to the ultramodern pseudonyms.

This is the most important thing we can do to ourselves in relation to the past. People in his adm.

I don't know what our political class is. But I know one thing, that the truth always scares you.

And there have been and still are many people who are afraid of opening files, polishing or decommunistization.

It's fear of the truth.

Fear of conflict.

And fear of pain. No one wants pain.

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