The Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine [Vaad] and the Congress of National Communities have issued a joint statement regarding the supposed “anti-fascist” demonstration planned for 18 May.
The Mejlis is angered over the decision of the Crimean Parliament to to boycott the traditional celebration of Khydyrlez and organize their own festivities falling right on the days marking the 69th anniversary of the signing by Stalin of the decree ordering the Deportation of the Crimean Tatars
The Committee on Human Rights, National Minorities and Inter-Ethnic Relations has called on President Yanukovych to intervene in the conflict between the Crimean government and the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People
In Mykolaiv the Memorial to Victims of the Holocaust was defiled (with a foul word daubed over the memorial plaque, while in the Crimea the Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of the Crimea was daubed with a swastika, five-pointed star and foul language
Highly worrying moves afoot in the Crimea suggest that concern back in November 2011 over the President’s quite staggering promotion of Anatoly Mohylyov to the post of Prime Minister of the Crimea was extremely well-founded
In Simferopol one of the influential activists of the Crimean Tatar national movement and official of the Kurultay or National Assembly of the Crimean Tatar People, Kurtseyit Abduplayev has been attacked and brutally beaten
Recent electoral success of the rightwing VO Svoboda Party and the obvious benefits to the ruling Party of the Regions have prompted considerable speculation, while attempts to play hero to the far-right xenophobes suggest the influence of other players, including at least one Kremlin-supported organization
Viacheslav Likhachev’s monitoring of anti-Semitism in Ukraine is especially valuable as he places each given year within a broader context making it possible to assess how accurate are the frequent claims of sharp increases in anti-Semitism, etc.
Justified concerns about the rightwing VO Svoboda Party may have concentrated of late on its members’ revolting displays of anti-Semitism. They should not end there, and the opposition would do well to recall that the party’s platform is light years away from freedom and democracy
Moves are afoot to reinstate a distasteful relic of Soviet times - the “fifth point” in ones passport indicating “nationality”. The term fully warrants the inverted commas since in Soviet times the fifth point identified a person as “Ukrainian” OR “Russian” OR “Jew”, “Crimean Tatar” etc
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
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
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
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
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