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10.02.2009

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. | detail

Visits 1239
06.02.2009

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 | detail

Visits 1921
25.01.2009

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 wasn’t skinheads raises more questions than it answers | detail

Visits 1535
19.01.2009

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 | detail

Visits 1244
09.01.2009

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 | detail

Visits 2097
31.12.2008

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 | detail

Visits 2375
29.12.2008

Government draws up Conceptual Framework for Ukraine’s 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. | detail

Visits 979
15.12.2008

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 | detail

Visits 2170
15.12.2008

Trends in anti-Semitism in Ukraine at the beginning of the XXI century: reality and stereotypes

The author has been carrying out monitoring for several years which makes the empirical data here of the greatest interest | detail

Visits 2619
24.11.2008

Crimean Tatars restart work at the site planned for a Soborna [Assembly] Mosque in Simferopol

On Sunday 23 November around 250 people took part in constructing a fence around the land on Yaltynska St where it is hoped to build the Mosque - Dzhuma-Dzhami | detail

Visits 1939
17.11.2008

Trial by Headline

The Ukrainian version of this text was written as a response to articles about and by skinheads published in the Vinnytsa newspaper “33 kanal”. Despite the paper’s invitation to participate in discussion, it proved unwilling to publish an article which pointed, amongst other things, to total misinformation | detail

Visits 2371
17.11.2008

Others

In Siberia on 8 October they killed a 16-year-old girl. Beat her to death. She was wearing red shoelaces. She had “the right” skin colour, no problems with the shape of her nose. She wasn’t disabled or an immigrant. I could continue the list, but there’s no point. They always find something to beat people up for, to kill. And who to go for | detail

Visits 2013
12.11.2008

Without labels

In many countries the most effective mechanism for fighting primitive hate speech is public condemnation. The public need to decide whether they want to tolerate attempts to manipulate them and stir up tension and intolerance | detail

Visits 2446
10.11.2008

Court bans Eurasian Youth Union

On 6 November the Kharkiv District Administrative Court allowed the application of the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor to forcibly dissolve the Kharkiv regional branch of the Eurasian Youth Union | detail

Visits 1089
07.11.2008

Crimean police reluctant to learn about European experience of working in a multicultural region

A conference initiated by the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities aimed at sharing vital experience of police work in a multicultural society was ignored by the law enforcement representatives it was directed at | detail

Visits 1593
04.11.2008

Ethnic origin of offenders as hate speech

Yury Chumak, Human Rights Assistant to the Minister of Internal Affairs, has written a critical article on how the law enforcement agencies talk about offenders, especially those from particular ethnic groups, and the negative impact this has. | detail

Visits 1780
08.10.2008

When a country is ill, you hear cries of “They’re 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 | detail

Visits 1853
07.10.2008

Suspected members of a criminal racist gang arrested in Kirovohrad

In Kirovohrad SBU officers have uncovered a racist gang whose members are believed to have been planning a series of terrorist attacks near a synagogue, as well as intending to beat up Jewish people and other non-Slavs | detail

Visits 1032
02.10.2008

Making media waves in the Crimea

On one less than world-shattering confrontation in Simferopol and where certain media newsmakers suggest it could lead | detail

Visits 1369
01.10.2008

Crimean Labyrinth

17 years after independent Ukraine recognized that the Crimean Tatars must be able to return to their homeland, the problems remain considerable, and those out to fuel tension ever more active | detail

Visits 1876
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