03.12.10 | Halya Coynash
Questions are rightly asked about recent police action in suppressing peaceful protest and obstructing protesters from reaching Kyiv. It is also baffling how the author of xenophobic hate speech could have become Minister of Internal Affairs in the first place
According to the research carried out by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology from 1994 to 2010 inclusive, over the last two years Ukrainians have become slightly more tolerant in their attitude towards foreigners.
The warning is over radio broadcasts in 2009 on the channel directly associated with Deputy of the Kherson City Council, Serhiy Kyrychenko
According to V. Lichachov, Head of a monitoring programme on racism and xenophobia, there is an upward trend in the number of ever more brutal attacks on anti-fascists and opponents from sub-cultures, He says that this has been seen particularly during 2010.”
Volodymyr Batchaev, Head of the Board of the Cherkasy Centre for Monitoring Human Rights shows how “warnings” on the Ministry of Internal Affairs official website incite racial enmity in relation to Roma people
Rivne police have provoked an international scandal. During their operation “Illegal Alien” they unwarrantedly detained and allegedly beat two Azerbaijan nationals who were entirely legally in Ukraine, visiting their father. The two Azerbaijanis have complained to the Presidents of Ukraine and Azerbaijan, to the embassy and the law enforcement agencies.
Racial profiling and non-violent harassment by police as well as attacks against foreigners with non-Slavic appearances by skin-head, and other ultra-right wing groups have become an issue of growing concern as Euro 2012 approaches
Veterans of World War II reported that Hitler’s book, banned in many countries, was being sold freely in Simferopol. Seven copies were found during a check of the book market
The Euro-Asian Jewish Congress has issued a statement regarding the murder of Aryeh Leib Misinzov in Kyiv and unsubstantiated claims that he was the victim of a neo-Nazi attack
A letter from Tilman Tsyulykh, General Secretary of the Society in Support of Threatened Peoples (Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker, Berlin, especially prompted by a worrying campaign being waged against the Crimean Tatar people
In a report on crimes against foreign nationals, Oleh Martynenko, Head of the Department for the Monitoring of Human Rights in the Work of the Police, provides statistical evidence of the number of crimes committed and information about measures against racism and xenophobia
The Administration of the Ukrainian Catholic University is appealing to the education community in Ukraine to come out publicly about the situation in education following the appointment of Dmytro Tabachnyk as Minister of Education and Science
Ukraine needs unity and culture, our education and science need to develop in quality and competitiveness on the global arena, and universities – autonomy. Dmytro Tabachnyk cannot take on these tasks since the humanitarian field is not built on hatred and lies
23.02.10 | Halya Coynash
The antics of various members of the rightwing party VO “Svoboda” have long made many of us wince, however the behaviour of one Lviv Regional Council member Iryna Farion at a kindergarten warrants more than just disgust, but very serious measures from the authorities.
According to Yury Belousov, Aide to the Minister of Internal Affairs, the Ministry has drawn up a draft normative act aimed at combating a selective ethnic approach in the work of the MIA
Not only does ethnic profiling violate people’s rights and dignity, but it is also an inefficient method of protecting public order, wasting police resources while leaving many crimes unsolved
Continued discrimination against Roma in Europe not only violates human dignity, but is a major social problem crippling the development of eastern European countries with large Roma populations
International interest in the Crimea from summer 2008 had little to do with the peninsula’s undoubted natural attractions. Unfortunately the shivers down many a Ukrainian official’s spine caused by the war over South Ossetia may have elicited anxiety, but little will to learn lessons and take urgently needed action, or any understanding of what this action should be
"Bardin has succeeded in doing what many civic activists were unable to do – he has shown the movement to be comical. That is the worst blow to the movement” (Galina Kozhevnikova)
More than 20 civil society activists from throughout Ukraine took part in the three-day event, which provided the participants with an opportunity to increase their knowledge of hate crimes and to devise strategies on how to combat this phenomenon more effectively