Two detained over murder of Congolese national
Kyiv police have detained two 16-year-olds suspected of killing the young Congolese man in December last year. They are said to belong to a skinhead organization
EU language policy specialist: “We have received no individual complaints from Russians”
In this interview, an EU specialist on language policy says that he does not think ethnic Russians or people using Russian have problems using their native language. He is concerned about problems experienced by the Crimean Tatar people, especially in education
Afghanistan War veterans in the Crimea come out in support of the Soborna Mosque
“In Afghanistan we were not divided according to ethnic or religious differences and we regard as legitimate the demands of the Muslims for a Soborna Mosque to be built in Simferopol"
Lawlessness unto themselves
The Simferopol City Council has taken a decision which is difficult not to see as deliberately aimed at heightening tension in the city and perhaps in the Crimea
If youre anti-fascists, that means Kyiv has fascists?
On neo-fascists and skinheads in Ukraine, those fighting them (and not with words alone) in Kyiv and on the influence of Russian neo-Nazi groups
Police Chief slams attempts at provocation by the Simferopol City Council
He says that the decision not to allocate land on Yalynska St to build an Assembly Mosque was unlawful and that the police would not be vacating the protesters
MIA proposes inter-departmental committee against xenophobia
The committee would present a comprehensive document on combating racism and xenophobia in Ukraine which the Ministry of Internal Affairs says goes beyond its powers
Skinheads on Kyivs Khreschatyk
According to Glavred, the Kyiv Prosecutor has only recently passed a criminal case to the Court of Appeal following a fatal attack on a Korean national Kang Jongvon by four men on 23 April last year.
Crimean Tatars accuse Crimean enforcement bodies of xenophobia
The Presidium of the Mejilis of the Crimean Tatar People believes that the investigation into high-profile recent events cannot be carried out by the Crimean departments of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Security Service
Films in Ukrainian not a problem in the East and South
According to the Director of B & H Film Distribution, Bohdan Batrukh, dubbing exclusively into Ukrainian has not had any significant impact on the number of cinema goers in the East and South of Ukraine
Proposed law would increase liability for propagandizing Nazism
The draft law just tabled in parliament increases penalties for publicly praising and propagandizing Nazism and discriminatory ideology
Crimean Tatars warn Council of Europe of possible conflict in the Crimea
They are calling for the issue of repatriants to be considered at the Council of Europe conference on Ukraines regional development to be held in Yalta in April this year.
Ministry of Justice not convinced over racism problem in Ukraine
The Ministry of Justice has posted a text on its official website asserting that statements about the existence of racism as a general phenomenon in Ukraine are incorrect. The Ministry maintains that at present one can speak only of isolated incidents
UNHCR appalled by murder in Ukraine
The UN is asking the Ukrainian authorities to consider the possibility of a racially motivated attack in their investigation of the murder of a Congolese asylum seeker
Photo of the Minister of Education burned in the Crimea
A civic association in Sevastopol is demanding measures against those who organized a protest action at which the Ministers photo was burned. The protest was in fact unwarranted since students in the Crimea are not being forced to take external exams in a language they have not studied in
Crimean Prosecutor protests against the actions of the Simferopol City Council.
According to the Prosecutor, by allocating a different site for the Soborna Mosque to that applied for , the Council failed to comply with legislation and exceeded its authority
For a tolerant Crimea
The civic movement “For a tolerant Crimea” has directed an appeal to the Simferopol Mayor and Deputies expressing concern over discrimination against Muslim and other religious communities in the city
SBU catches alleged gang of Nazi racists
The behaviour is classified under the articles for hooliganism and for violations of equal rights on the basis of race, nationality or religion, which involve quite serious legal consequences
Proposal to toughen liability for discrimination
President Yushchenko has submitted a draft law “On amendments to Article 161 of the Criminal Code regarding liability for infringements of equal rights on the basis of race, nationality or religious convictions
No Tower of Babel
One senses that for some people the Charter and situation in Ukraine are confined to a virtual realm in which contact with reality is of absolutely no importance. A journey by public transport in Kyiv for example, will assuage all concerns about the threatened position of the Russian language