Monuments to victims of the Nazis in Poltava vandalized
According to the Poltava City Executive Committee, the vandals daubed Ukrainian national symbols as well as offensive words about people of some nationalities
Sentence passed over desecration of Jewish grave
The man was arrested on 4 March this year on suspicion of desecrating the grave of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev
Crimean journalists complain of obstruction
According to the head of the Committee for Monitoring Press Freedom, there are many attacks or threats against journalists, and the fact that those responsible go unpunished exacerbates the situation
Racism and xenophobia in Ukraine: new challenges in human rights protection
An assessment of worrying trends and measures needed while the situation is still manageable
Lets build our places of worship together!
It is not only Muslims who experience difficulties in the Crimea, with Simferopol parishes of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the Kyiv Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church encountering no less problems
For the first time a rural teacher has been convicted of anti-Semitism
Mykola Yaymchuk from the Kirovohrad region has been convicted for incitement to racial enmity over offensive statements about ethnic Jews and people studying the Torah.
Men sentenced over racially-motivated murder in Kyiv
A Kyiv court has found two men guilty of inciting racial hatred and enmity and one also guilty of murdering Nigerian national Kunyon Myevi Hodi on 25 October 2006.
Police call for help in guarding Muslim cemeteries
There are 427 Muslim cemeteries in the Crimea and the Crimean police have sent a letter to city and district administrations speaking of the need to find money to pay for civil security for the graveyards in cooperation with the local police
UNHCR concerned over situation in the Crimea
“Representatives of the UNHCR expressed strong concern over recent events in the Crimea, and how these are presented in a number of Crimean and nationwide media outlets”, the Mejilis states
Gangs of skinheads in the Crimea and six other Ukrainian cities
According to the Minister of Internal Affairs, these skinheads are aged between 14 and 27 and are in gangs of from 20 to 50 people. Such groups exist in Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhya, Lviv, Sevastopol, Chernihiv and the Crimea
Muslim cemeteries in the Crimea to be guarded
The Acting Head of the Crimean Police has issued an order to place all Muslim cemeteries in the Crimea under guard. This was announced on Friday following the latest attack on a cemetery near Simferopol
Muslim cemetery desecrated near Simferopol
Another Muslim cemetery in the Crimea, this time in the settlement of Chistenke near Simferopol, was desecrated in the morning of Friday 11 April
Call for measures against racism and xenophobia
President Yushchenko has sent letters to the Prosecutor General and the Ministry of Internal Affairs in which he stresses the need for effective steps aimed at countering xenophobia, racial and ethnic intolerance in Ukraine
Muslims win their court case for the Soborna Mosque
The ruling handed down by the Crimean Economic Court binding the Simferopol City Council to make an agreement with the Spiritual Directorate of Muslims over land for an Assembly Mosque has come into force
You round up cattle, not human beings
Take the title of parliamentarian Gennady Moskals interview: “Paedophiles, deviants and maniacs come en masse to Ukraine”. Well, what more can you ask? Why watch moronic horror films when the “news” can make you tremble?
Journalists twisted survey results on xenophobia
The State Institute for the Development of the Family and Youth has issued a statement warning that the information presented in the media about the results of a sociological survey on levels of tolerance and xenophobia among young people has been twisted
Whose side are you on?
When the victim of a racist attack, still in hospital with a near-fatal knife wound, is presented with criminal charges, then some hard-hitting questions need to be asked. Like where is the authorities commitment to the rule of law and justice, not to mention combating racism and xenophobia?
Watch your tongue
On hate speech and stereotypes in the Ukrainian media which entrench dangerous attitudes and engender intolerance
Cossacks suspected of desecrating a Crimean Muslim Cemetery
Police suspect people linked with the Cossack unit “Sobol” to be behind the major attack on a Muslim Cemetery of the Nizhnyohirske settlement in the Crimea