Appeal from the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union concerning Reform of the System of Social Subsidies
Without reform of the system of state subsidies, the rise in tariffs will lead to at least a 10 – 20% increase in poverty among the population
The Russian Supreme Court and Refugees
On 28 November the Russian Supreme Court rejected the cassation appeal lodged by the “Ivanovo Uzbeks” against the decision of the RF Prosecutor General to have them extradited to Uzbekistan. This means that the extradition ruling has now entered into force, despite the fact that these people are UNHCR mandate refugees and despite clear discrepancies in the arguments presented for their extradition
Conscript dies of internal injuries from beatings inflicted
On 27 November an 18-year-old conscript soldier died of beatings received in the No. 169 Infantry Training Centre in the Chernihiv region. The autopsy showed that the cause of death was a ruptured liver caused by serious beating
“Vechirny Kyiv” [“Evening Kyiv”] may be at threat of closure over the conflict with Chernovetsky
Instead of the promised agreements on editorial policy, etc, financial backup for the newspaper appears to have stopped, placing its continued existence in question
On Holodomor 1932-1933 in Ukraine
The full Law passed on 28 November 2006 recognizing Holodomor as an act of genocide against the Ukrainian people
Verkhovna Rada passes Law declaring Holodomor genocide
The law passed is close to that submitted by President Yushchenko, however it avoids the word “prohibited” and removes administrative liability for public denial of Holodomor
Irina Kazulina, wife of imprisoned Belarusian former presidential candidate Aleksandr Kazulin has called on the UN to help free her husband and other political prisoners in Belarus
On behalf of her husband, she asks that at least one of the member states of the G8 raises the issue of Belarus in the UN Security Council
Open letter to D.V. Tabachnyk, Deputy Prime Minister on Humanitarian Issues
Myroslav Marynovych and Yevhen Sverstyuk call for the resignation or dismissal of the Minister following his recent remark suggesting that cultural policy cannot be run to suit a "narrow layer of Ukrainian-speaking intelligentsia ... frightened of competition"
Court confirms a students legal right to be taught in Ukrainian in Luhansk
Serhiy Melnychuk had taken the V. Dal East Ukrainian National University to court over their violation of his constitutional right to be taught in Ukrainian
“Murderers – on your knees before God”
On 25 November, in Zhovka, thousands of people not only from the Zhovka district, but from neighbouring Ukrainian and Polish areas and Lviv were united in mourning the victims of the communist repression of 1946-1948, whose remains were found five years ago in the Crypt of the Monastery of Christs Birth.
Remains of 150 Victims of Repression reburied at the Lychakivsky Cemetery
On 25 November, Remembrance Day for Victims of Holodomor and Political Repression, several thousand people took part in a prayer and burial service near the Memorial to the Victims of Communist Repression on Shashkevych Square in Lviv.
Yet another environmentally dangerous project
Environment protection groups in Ukraine have only today learned that a plan for building a Kaniv Hydro-Accumulating Power Station has appeared on the official list of projects of the BRD Reconstruction, after “public hearings” were apparently held unbeknown to the public
President Yushchenko: On Remembrance Day for the Victims of Holodomor
I hold in my palm an ear of wheat. If I could only offer it to the little boy who died of starvation in 1933 near a field in the village of Kruty in the Chernihiv region. Or to the little girl from the village of Vilenka in the Zhytomyr region; or to the woman in the village of Krasnohirka in the Odessa region; or to the man from the village of Teplivka in the Poltava region.
Ukraine Remembers the Victims of Holodomor
Throughout Ukraine today events are taking place in memory of the victims of Holodomor and political repression. At 16.00 a Minutes Silence will be observed throughout Ukraine. This will be followed by a nationwide action “Light a candle!”
President Yushchenko inaugurates a Memorial to the Victims of Holodomor in the village of Serhiyivka in the Chernihiv region
“Such memorials are needed in thousands of Ukrainian villages. It is our shared duty to remember what happened to our grandparents and great grandparents”, Viktor Yushchenko affirmed.
Ukraine is taking part in the international action “16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence”
The action, which this year focuses on countering violence in the family, traditionally begins on 25 November, International Day against Violence against Women, and continues to International Human Rights Day on 10 December.
Civic action in defence of the right to watch films in Ukrainian
More than 600 people have already supported the initiative which was launched the day before yesterday in response to the effective refusal by film distributors to translate films being shown in Ukrainian cinemas
Yushchenko calls for penalties against denial that Holodomor took place
The Ukrainian President considers discussion as to the need to introduce administrative liability for denial of Holodomor [the Famine] of 1932-1933 to be quite empty.
Belarusians ask Yushchenko to publicly condemn the present regime in Belarus
A number of well-known Belarusian cultural figures, human rights activists and opposition politicians have called on President Viktor Yushchenko to defend civic society and democratic institutions in Belarus