from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A rite of purification, especially washing.
- n. The restoration of credibility to a government by the purging of perpetrators of crimes committed under an earlier regime.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of lustrating or purifying.
- n. A sacrifice, or ceremony, by which cities, fields, armies, or people, defiled by crimes, pestilence, or other cause of uncleanness, were purified.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Ceremonial purification; especially, a religious act of purgation or cleansing by the use of water or certain sacrifices or ceremonies, or both, performed among the ancients upon persons, armies, cities, localities, animals, etc.
The idea of airing the past as part of a healing process, and excluding members of the former regime from positions of authority - a process known as "lustration" - is being actively promoted by some in the Ukrainian administration.
So Christ proposes baptism, as the token of that lustration, which is to purify such as become citizens in the kingdom of heaven.
Today, across the border in Poland, a witch-hunt called "lustration" is on for anyone who allegedly "collaborated" in any way with the Communist regime.
For my own criticism of the farcical parody of so-called "lustration" in Poland, I would refer him and other readers to my column in The Guardian, May 24, 2007.
The process, called "lustration," has also been used by Czech right-wingers to embarrass and ruin progressive political leaders.
My contribution to the debate on the "lustration" law reflects my belief that democracy will prevail in Czechoslovakia, and that it is possible to change the atmosphere of fear, hatred, and distrust that the law has engendered by taking responsibility for the punishment of past abuses out of the hands of politicians.
We read Jeri Laber's article "Witch Hunt in Prague" [NYR, April 23] with great interest while we were in Prague studying the implementation in Czechoslovakia of the screening law, the so-called "lustration" process, for the British Helsinki Human Rights Group.
Usually, even after the most measured, innocent mention of "lustration", the "G team" starts shouting in unison about "bloody repressions of democratic murderers" and "witch hunts", after which they just lapse into obscene hysteria.
All the other goodies - such as the release of prisoners or the 'lustration' of the RUC - have long since been delivered.
For the rest I will take care that due warning is given, and a notice put up in all places, to prevent you being entered on the census as absent; and to get put on the census just before the lustration is the mark of your true man of business. [
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