When a country is ill, you hear cries of “Theyre coming in hordes”
It sometimes seems like the Ukrainian enforcement bodies are deliberately pinning the image of enemy on people from the Caucuses who are quite legally in Ukraine
Ukraine joins the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol
The Convention is aimed at protecting and promoting the rights of the disabled, eliminating discrimination, ensuring rights for employment, health protection, education and full participation in the life of society
So what does “characteristic appearance” mean if not ethnic profiling?
A disappointing ruling from a Kharkiv court of appeal regarding the legitimacy of the actions of the Kharkiv metro police in stopping people to check their documents on disputed grounds
In defence of redheads
We should watch out for criminals, not for people of a certain race. The law enforcement agencies undoubtedly have a tough and complicated task, however primitive methods only generate new problems and contribute to a rise in racism and xenophobia
Inclusive education: a new chance for children with disabilities in the Lviv region
A new project has been launched in the Lviv region to enable children with disabilities to study in ordinary educational institutions. The project is supported by the Canadian International Development Agency
Racism and xenophobia in Ukraine: new challenges in human rights protection
An assessment of worrying trends and measures needed while the situation is still manageable
In defence of constitutional rights in Donetsk
While the Mayor of Donetsks suspension of an extraordinary decision by the City Council to restrict the planned number of schools teaching in Ukrainian is to be welcomed, tolerance of such an overt violation of constitutional rights for even two days is disturbing
Donetsk City Council passes decision to restrict studies in Ukrainian
According to their decision, it is not permitted to increase the number of Ukrainian language schools and classes, or kindergartens or childrens groups
For the first time a rural teacher has been convicted of anti-Semitism
Mykola Yaymchuk from the Kirovohrad region has been convicted for incitement to racial enmity over offensive statements about ethnic Jews and people studying the Torah.
Men sentenced over racially-motivated murder in Kyiv
A Kyiv court has found two men guilty of inciting racial hatred and enmity and one also guilty of murdering Nigerian national Kunyon Myevi Hodi on 25 October 2006.
Police call for help in guarding Muslim cemeteries
There are 427 Muslim cemeteries in the Crimea and the Crimean police have sent a letter to city and district administrations speaking of the need to find money to pay for civil security for the graveyards in cooperation with the local police
UNHCR concerned over situation in the Crimea
“Representatives of the UNHCR expressed strong concern over recent events in the Crimea, and how these are presented in a number of Crimean and nationwide media outlets”, the Mejilis states
Gangs of skinheads in the Crimea and six other Ukrainian cities
According to the Minister of Internal Affairs, these skinheads are aged between 14 and 27 and are in gangs of from 20 to 50 people. Such groups exist in Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhya, Lviv, Sevastopol, Chernihiv and the Crimea
Muslim cemeteries in the Crimea to be guarded
The Acting Head of the Crimean Police has issued an order to place all Muslim cemeteries in the Crimea under guard. This was announced on Friday following the latest attack on a cemetery near Simferopol
Muslim cemetery desecrated near Simferopol
Another Muslim cemetery in the Crimea, this time in the settlement of Chistenke near Simferopol, was desecrated in the morning of Friday 11 April
Call for measures against racism and xenophobia
President Yushchenko has sent letters to the Prosecutor General and the Ministry of Internal Affairs in which he stresses the need for effective steps aimed at countering xenophobia, racial and ethnic intolerance in Ukraine
Whose side are you on?
When the victim of a racist attack, still in hospital with a near-fatal knife wound, is presented with criminal charges, then some hard-hitting questions need to be asked. Like where is the authorities commitment to the rule of law and justice, not to mention combating racism and xenophobia?
Watch your tongue
On hate speech and stereotypes in the Ukrainian media which entrench dangerous attitudes and engender intolerance
Cossacks suspected of desecrating a Crimean Muslim Cemetery
Police suspect people linked with the Cossack unit “Sobol” to be behind the major attack on a Muslim Cemetery of the Nizhnyohirske settlement in the Crimea