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The Donetsk anti-Semitic leaflets – what should not be overlooked

18.04.14 | Halya Coynash
A real information war is raging and the very fact that the Jewish card is being used is extremely dangerous especially given the methods applied in recent weeks to manufacture "civil war"
Politics and human rights

East Ukraine crisis and the ’fascist’ matrix

18.04.14 | Halya Coynash
Who wants to collaborate with fascists? On the Kremlin’s blossoming links with far-right European parties, support for Donbas “separatists” with neo-Nazi leanings and western "deep concern”
Politics and human rights

Russia’s FSB demand personal data about EuroMaidan activists

Pavel Durov, co-founder of the social network VKontakte reports that the Russian Security Service demanded information about a large number of EuroMaidan groups
Politics and human rights

Not so very “separatist” at all

A survey just carried out has indicated a relatively low level of support for separatism even in the Donetsk region, and a lot more that refutes the ongoing line pushed by Russia’s propaganda machine
Politics and human rights

Seven differences between Donetsk separatism and EuroMaidan

The ideologues of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic see the future of their creation within Russia. Yet illegal annexation, along the lines of the Crimea will not save Donbas from international isolation, legal chaos and the ensuing carving up of property, collapse of business and the subsidy-based coal industry which the gas monopolists from Russia will see no sense in financing
Politics and human rights

But nobody knows about Bahrain…

17.04.14 | Tetiana Bilobrova
On one of the DocuDays films – the Forbidden Country» about the events of the Arab spring of 2011 that swept across Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Syria, Algeria and many other countries, including Bahrain
Politics and human rights

No mechanisms in place for dealing with refugees from the Crimea

In an interview given to Ukrainsky Tyzhden, Maxim Butkevych, Coordinator of the No Borders Project, speaks of the situation following Russia’s annexation of the Crimea; on those who have already left and those who may in future; Ukrainians’ hospitality and more
Politics and human rights

EAJC: Russia is still trying to use claims of anti-Semitism to hide its aggression

The Euro-Asiatic Jewish Congress has responded to the latest lies from the Russian Foreign Ministry and points out again that the danger at present is coming from Russia’s ongoing expansion into Ukrainian territory
Freedom of expression

Journalist abducted during siege of Horlivka

On April 14 “pro-Russian activists” in masks burst into the office of the Internet publication Gorlovka.ua and took its editor, Oleksandr Belinsky away. He was later returned and is unhurt.
Politics and human rights

On Moscow’s burning wish to defend rights in Ukraine, not in Russia

14.04.14 | Halya Coynash
Amid damning evidence of direct Russian involvement in the so-called separatist troubles, Moscow yet again pulls Yanukovych out of deep freeze and expresses “outrage” over the use of the military to “crush popular protest”. In Ukraine, that is, not its own forces involved in executions, torture and enforced disappearances
Freedom of peaceful assembly

Kharkiv: Pro-Russian thugs beat up peaceful protesters (updated)

About 50 people were injured after people demonstrating their support for Ukraine’s unity were attacked from all sides by a few hundred young men with St George ribbons, bats, sticks and stun grenades
Politics and human rights

EuroMaidan SOS: On the events in the East and South of Ukraine

What is at issue is not peaceful protest by citizens in the East and South of Ukraine. This is instead an armed and violent encroachment on Ukraine’s territorial integrity and inviolability carried out with active interference from Russia according to a Kremlin-dictated scenario
Politics and human rights

Russian channels caught lying

11.04.14 | Halya Coynash
Despite the vast amounts Russia is spending on anti-Ukrainian propaganda, the TV channels Rossiya 1 and NTV skimped on actors, with the same man presented as either a separatist or a foreign mercenary beating up peaceful protesters for Right Sector
Environmental rights

Parliament adopts Yanukovych’s dangerous environment law

That a draft law waiving the permit procedure needed for activities with impact on the environment was proposed by former president Viktor Yanukovych is no surprise. Why 270 MPs in post-Yanukovych Ukraine should have adopted this law on April 9 is much more baffling
Access to information, Social and economic rights

Crucial move to cut secrecy on public spending

A minimum majority in the Verkhovna Rada (226 MPs) has managed to pass an important law opening up information about public procurement and revoking legislative moves under the previous administration which hid vast amounts of public funding from public view



Defence ministry can’t even provide Ukrainian soldiers with bread and water

Ukraine’s military have been brought into the Kherson oblast without even the most basic supplies. On the Kherson Coordination Centre and ordinary citizens providing for them, and the help still needed

Kremlin-orchestrated "federalist" protest and western inaction

Halya Coynash
Western signatories to the 1994 Budapest Memorandum have already breached their commitment to Ukraine once. Are they also going to pretend that Sunday’s pro-Russian disturbances are not being deliberately orchestrated to justify the Kremlin’s demands for Ukraine’s “federalization”?

Ukraine’s faiths unite in response to Russian military aggression

Halya Coynash
Ukraine’s three main churches are working together in providing spiritual and moral support to Ukraine’s soldiers, while pressure on the Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate has prompted the Crimean Tatars to offer their mosques for church services

Crimean Tatars left no space for illusion

Halya Coynash
Asked why the Crimean Tatars do not trust the assurances given them by Russia, the head of the Mejlis, Refat Chubarov answered with a question: I’d like to ask you: would it be better that they discussed how you will live together BEFORE they broke into your flat, or AFTERWARDS?

Concept framework for a law on lustration

Yevhen Zakharov, Volodymyr Yavorsky
A concept framework for a lustration law is provided, together with an explanatory note

Urgent Appeal from residents of the Crimea

The following appeal is addressed to Ukraine’s leaders and Ombudsperson. Given Russia’s military intervention which is in breach of the Budapest Memorandum and international law, the demands need to also be addressed to western countries

Russian troops already deployed in mainland Ukraine

Halya Coynash
Those EU countries believing that stern words and symbolic sanctions will suffice in the present crisis should think again. Russian troops have set up camp and have laid mines in the neighbouring Kherson oblast