«WHAT IS LUSTRATION? MODELS OF LUSTRATION IN THE POST COMMUNIST EUROPEAN COUNTRIES»
By Kristina Gogic
Lustration is the process of making something clear or pure. The term is taken from the Roman lustrum purification rituals The term has been adapted to the purge of government officials who were once affiliated with the Communist system in Central and Eastern Europe. Various forms of lustration were employed in post-communist Europe. The concept might resemble de-Nazification in post-World War II Europe, and therefore resonates with concepts such as possible accountability for past human rights abuses, corruption or injustice.
Lustration of policies and laws
After the fall of the various European Communist governments in 1989–1991, the term came to refer to government-sanctioned policies of “mass disqualification of those associated with the abuses under the prior regime”. Procedures excluded…
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