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Petitions asking to investigate into the crimes against humanity and war crimes of the Lithuanian guerillas in 1944-1953

08 05 2016

My petitions to the International Criminal Court, the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, the European Commission, and the European Council.

The black text is the same in all these petitions of mine. The brown text I added to the petitions I have sent to the Parliament, Commission and Council of the EU.

My petitions

Giedrius Šarkanas, Lithuanian
Vilnius, Lithuania



Petition to the European Parliament
(Petition to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe / (letter to) the International Criminal Court, European Council, European Commission, European Council, etc.



9th May 2016
Vilnius

Dear Sirs,

At the end of the Second World War, the retreating Nazis organised in Lithuania a network of guerillas intended to resist the Soviet Army after their retreat. Later the Nazis threw some of their specially trained agents from aeroplanes as new commanders of the guerillas.

At first, the guerillas tried to fight the Soviet military forces; after the end of the war however, they changed their tactics. The guerillas decided to try to frighten Lithuanians out of cooperating with the Soviet government. They would come at night and beat or kill those whom they considered ‘collaborators’, often with their whole families. Some of the guerillas got into the habit of defiling the bodies of their victims. So, speaking in modern terms, the guerillas turned into ordinary terrorists.

As Mindaugas Pocius has documented in his book ‘The other side of the Moon: the fight of the Lithuanian guerillas against collaboration in 1944-1953’, the guerillas killed at least 8 852 persons, including appr. 300 children. It is clear that the actual number of their victims was much higher.

The government of Lithuania has recognised the guerillas as legitimate authorities representing the Republic of Lithuania. According to the international law, it means that their obviously systematic crimes against civilians must be qualified as crimes against humanity or war crimes without any limitation period. I am sure that there exists a legal obligation to investigate the crimes committed by the guerillas, to pay homage to their victims and, probably, to pay compensations to the descendants of the victims.

However, the government of Lithuania is still officially glorifying the guerillas as national heroes because they resisted the Soviet regime and refuses to investigate their crimes. I have already applied to the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Lithuania with a request to start an investigation into the crimes of the guerillas. My application was rejected as were all my appeals to Lithuanian courts.

On the other hand, the government eagerly investigates all the known facts of the engagement of the guerillas in crimes against non-Lithuanians and officially denounces those guerillas whom they find guilty.

We, Lithuanians, enjoy the legal status of second rate people in the Republic of Lithuania. It is normal legal practice here to officially glorify a person who is known to have murdered tens of civilian Lithuanians, even children, and later strip him of all his state awards when it turns out that he had worked as a guardian at some Jewish ghetto during the war.

I am sure that such treatment of Lithuanians is incompatible with the international law. Although we, Lithuanians, are considered second rate people in the Republic of Lithuania and at least in one other member of the EU, biologically we also are humans, and therefore murders of civilian Lithuanians should also be qualified as serious crimes and properly investigated.

I have fruitlessly tried out all possible legal means in Lithuania to initiate an investigation into the obvious crimes against humanity or/and war crimes committed by the Lithuanian guerillas in 1944-1953. Now I ask you to start such an investigation. Please organise a special legal or political body that would investigate the crimes of the guerillas, punish the surviving murderers, and ensure that due compensations are paid to the victims of the crimes or their descendants.


Soon after I started to write about the crimes of the guerillas, the Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Lithuania and the police started a criminal case against me regarding my articles that I had published on my blog. I have spent almost 2 years as a suspect with many of my personal items confiscated and my personal freedom restricted. Now one of the official charges against me is that one of my articles about the crimes of the guerillas has somehow violated the Penal Code of the Republic of Lithuania. I think that such things should not be happening in the European Union.

On the other hand, the Republic of Lithuania is surely not the only government in the EU that is concealing the crimes committed by itself and/or its predecessors. Some countries whose governments are used to resort to torture, intimidation, murders, and even outright genocide against their political opposition are on their way to full EU membership. It is quite possible that shortly we will witness European arrest warrants for critics of the governments of the EU member states to be issued on daily basis.

Therefore, I ask to establish a permanent European institution that would investigate serious crimes (genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, torture, etc.) committed by the member states of the EU and, probably, by the associate members of the EU, especially by those that apply for full membership. This body probably should also ensure that the governments in question would not repress the persons and organisations who make their crimes public.


If my requests are rejected, I propose 2 alternative solutions that can also somehow resolve the problem that, in my opinion, is capable of derailing the whole EU.

1. An official list of the lower nations, ethnicities, and religions should be incorporated into the main legal charters of the EU and their inferior legal status should be clearly defined. It should be clearly stated that such actions as genocide, murders, torture, etc. are not considered serious crimes if committed against Lithuanians, Armenians, Palestinians, Kurds, Lithuans, and similar people, crimes against whom are usually ignored by the EU.

2. An official list of the higher nations should also be incorporated into the main legal charters of the EU, once to name clearly the nations, ethnicities and religions that are recognised legally superior in the EU, so everybody would know that any offence against such people is an especially serious crime that will be heavily punished by the judiciary of the EU and its member states.

It should be obvious that such lists practically would not change anything – they would only explain and legally reaffirm the actual policy of the EU and many of its member states.

It is absolutely evident that the EU is drowning in lies and propaganda of various sorts. The actual policies of the EU have very little in common with its basic treaties and charters. Many people are upset by the hypocritical nature of the EU and wish their countries to leave it as soon as possible. I think that the EU must react, one way or other.

The Vilnius District Court that rejected my last before-mentioned appeal explained its refusal to explain its decision not to investigate into the crimes of the Lithuanian guerrillas by blatantly misquoting the European Court of Human Rights. Lithuania’s membership in the EU meant for us the end of most of our rights and basic freedoms. Now any public protest against the government is immediately prosecuted. In fact, the EU has put an end to independent media, democracy, and justice in Lithuania, not to speak of the massive corruption related to stealing from various European funds. Please do something to compensate this!

Kind regards
Giedrius Šarkanas

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