A Politician afflicted
On why ignoring virulent anti-Semites does not make them go away - inadequate measures to deal with the mixture of hysteria, hatred towards a political opponent and diseased anti-Semitism which a Kherson Deputy, Serhiy Kirichenko has been spreading for a year now
Too little being done to fight racism
The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance is concerned that criminal legislation has not been strengthened and it remains difficult to prosecute people for racially-motivated crimes
How to provoke a pogrom
These words by the Head of the Moscow-based Sova Centre about those actively fuelling hatred, whether deliberately or for sensation in the media are unfortunately just as relevant for Ukraine and urgently need to be heeded
Ugly message from Chernihiv racists
Last night the office of the Chernihiv Civic Committee for the Protection of Human Rights was daubed with graffiti and images of an anti-Semitic and xenophobic nature
Not “In Contact”
On 24 March the administration of the popular Russian website “VKontakte.ru” (“In Contact”) blocked off access to 41 groups “propagating ethnic and racial hatred”.
The Limited Force of Fine Words
True freedom brings with it responsibility. Without this words remain a cheap commodity offered for a song by those wishing to use us for their own ends
Nationality does not predispose a person to crime
Human Rights Aide to the Head of the MIA for the Cherkasy region, Volodomyr Batchaev speaks about cooperation between the police and the public, about law enforcement officers “sins” and about prejudice in society towards the Roma
Roma community – the most discriminated against minority in Ukraine
A project being run by the Roma Womens Fund “Chirikili” with the support of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is aimed at changing the attitude of the State and society to Roma people.
When you can hear totally different versions of historical events, who are young kids supposed to believe? Why should they even understand that there is such a thing as objective truth? (on the so-called longing for dictatorship and on a worrying muddle of nationalist rhetoric and beliefs)
Murder of Nigerian in Lviv: witnesses found
Police say that all police stations have an identikit picture of the likely murderer, however they have not yet detained anybody
Non-rhetorical questions to the Minister of Internal Affairs
If with his visa initiatives, the Minister of Internal Affairs wanted to convince Ukrainian nationals and others that his department is ready to maintain law and order and can worthily fulfil the new role it is to take on, I rather fear he miscalculated.
Promising move from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Prosecutor General
The creation is finally planned of a register of crimes committed on the basis of racial, ethnic or religious intolerance. This should enable statistical reporting on the number and nature of such crimes and on the results of police investigations into them.
Crimean Voices of Hatred
You wonder whether this is not some kind of recurring nightmare where the authorities are incapable of grasping the obvious fact that we all need to be protected from any attempts to use hatred, lies and primitive labels to destabilize the country
Murder of Nigerian in Lviv still unsolved
No conclusions should be drawn without full police investigation which is now underway. On the other hand, the statement that the police still have no idea who commented this terrible crime yet are adamant it wasnt skinheads raises more questions than it answers
Odessa journalist receives suspended sentence for inciting racial enmity
The Prymorsky Court in Odessa has handed down a one and a half year suspended sentence to the Editor of the newspaper “Nashe dyelo” Igor Volyn-Danilov
New Year greetings wrapped in statistics
The latest press report from the Ministry of Internal Affairs Public Liaison Centre pulls statistics out of context and seems more designed to foster harmful stereotypes than to provide information
Spiritual Directorate of the Muslims of the Crimea condemns Supreme Court ruling on Soborna Mosque
The Directorate is convinced that the ruling will lead to a new string of court hearings dragging out the process of compelling the Simferopol City Council to conclude a lease agreement for land on which to build an Assembly [Soborna] Mosque
Government draws up Conceptual Framework for Ukraines Ethno-National Policy
According to information issued by the Cabinet of Ministers Press Service, the Conceptual Framework should become the guide for state bodies when resolving issues of ethno-national development and regulating inter-ethnic relations.
The Black Hole of “Ukrainian Anti-Semitism”
I write these words in the last month of 2008 in an attempt to pull the issue of anti-Semitism in Ukraine from the edge of a black hole in which time and space have ceased to exist, and to stop blurring different issues in order to move forward in our time and space