Weekend attacks fuel inter-ethnic friction in the Crimea
In the early hours of 1 December around 100 people forcibly dismantled unauthorized buildings erected by Crimean Tatars. A few hours later a guard at the site of the future Soborna Mosque was attacked and Molotov cocktails thrown
Rivne Inter-Church Council condemn anti-Semitic attack
The Inter-Church Council of Rivne on Friday issued an appeal to the police, authorities and public regarding the attack on the Head of the Jewish Society Hesed Osher, Hennady Frayerman. They express concern over the fact that this is the third incident in four months against Jewish people
Tyunin’s conviction for incitement to racial enmity overturned
The Simferopol Court of Appeal has overturned the sentence passed on one of the leaders of the pro-Russian Crimean Cossack Movement, Vladimir Tyunin
VAAD expresses concern over Kyiv-Mohyla inaugural lecture by anti-Semitic historian
The Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine (VAAD Ukraine) has issued a statement regarding the decision by the Kyiv –Mohyla Academy [NaUKMA to invite historian Serhiy Bilokin to give this year’s inaugural speech at the university
Suspended sentence in the Crimea for incitement to racial enmity
A Simferopol court has found one of the leaders of the pro-Russian Crimean Cossack Movement, Vladimir Tyunin guilty of deliberately inciting ethnic and religious enmity against Crimean Tatars and Muslims
Football, violence and neo-Nazism: attacks in Ukraine
Worrying reports of attacks by football louts with an extreme rightwing twist, as well as disturbing failure by the police to protect those under attack
Assessment of the Draft Bill on Principles of State Language Policy
Yulia Tyshchenko from the Ukrainian Independent Political Research Centre scrutinizes the highly contentious draft Law on the Principles of State Language Policy (No. 9073) and how it correlates with the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages
Roma in Odessa region suffer from lack of documents and police lawlessness
More than 60% of all applications for legal assistance to the Law Centre of the Odessa Regional Branch of the Committee of Voters of Ukraine concerned unlawful actions by law enforcement bodies, mainly the police
Gypsy Camp set alight in Kyiv – “for Euro 2012”
On the eve of Euro 2012 the authorities would appear o have set light to a gypsy camp and killed one of the camp dogs in Kyiv, leaving up to 60 people homeless.
Man arrested over attacks on Nigerian students
The police have detained a 22-year-old man living in the Kharkiv oblast who they say has confessed to carrying out attacks on foreign students
UK Foreign Office warns fans to except racial abuse in Ukraine
The UK’s Foreign Office has advised any black or Asian supporters going to Ukraine for this summer’s European Championship that they face the possibility of being racially abused
Two vicious attacks on Nigerian students
The Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office reports two attacks on students from Nigeria which the police are treating as racially motivated attempted murder
New feat from Yanukovych’s village authorities – this time racist
The Village Council in Novi Petrivtsii (Kyiv oblast) has, for the second year running, issued a thoroughly racist ban which the Berkut riot police are being deployed to enforce.
Nigerian held in detention for 6 months after being attacked
On 9 April a protest was held outside the Leninsky District Court in Luhansk demanding the release of Olaola Sunkami Femi, who is accused of trying to kill 5 people who attacked him in the entrance to his apartment block on 5 November 2011.
Congress of National Communities speaks out over recent criticism of OSCE official
A recent letter supposedly from 120 national minority organizations expressing anger over a report, not yet published by the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, is baffling for a number of reasons and can in no way represent the position of any of the national minorities as a whole
Protest over religious discrimination in the Crimea
100 well-known figures in the Crimea have signed an appeal accusing the Simferopol authorities of discrimination and of provoking inter-ethnic and inter-denominational conflict in the region
Ethics Commission condemns Ternopil newspaper’s scandalous article
The Journalist Ethics Commission has issued an assessment of the article in Nova Ternopilska Gazeta which created a scandal both within Ukraine and abroad. The words and picture are profoundly offensive, although the Ternopil Regional Prosecutor’s Office recently announced that it had not found any reason to initiate criminal proceedings.
Racism scandal over Ukraine’s Eurovision contestant
The rightwing party VO Svoboda party is denying insulting Ukrainian candidate for Eurovision Gaitana after one of its members publicly criticized her selection (on the grounds of her Congolese father
Two suspects in Luhansk racist attack caught in Russia
In November between 15 and 25 thugs in medical masks and with bats smashed shop windows and caused damage to a kiosk selling shaurma (kebabs) The assailants then beat up foreign students, four of whom ended up in hospital.