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Polish president signs law banning people from referring to concentration camps as "Polish death camps".

Polish President Andrzej Duda signed a law Tuesday banning people from accusing Poland of Holocaust atrocities committed by the Nazis and from referring to concentration camps as "Polish death camps," Washington Post reported.

Duda also announced Tuesday that he would ask the country's Constitutional Tribunal to review the bill to check whether it complies with Poland's fundamental rights, such as freedom of speech, potentially opening the door to amendments.

Responding to the news of Duda's decision, Israel's Foreign Ministry expressed hope that the constitutional review would prompt "changes and corrections." But the law is expected to take effect before the tribunal would be able to issue any clarifications, and the independence of the judges themselves.

The bill's international critics argue that it violates freedom of expression. Once in effect, it will essentially ban accusations that some Poles were complicit in Nazi crimes committed on Polish soil, including in the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp, where more than 1.1 million people died.

Germany operated six camps in Poland where Jews and others whom the Nazis considered enemies were killed. Anyone convicted under the law will face fines or up to three years in jail.

Polish officials have emphasized that artistic and historical research work will not be affected by the ban.

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