Conservative Members of Parliament Introduce Human Rights Motion on Ukraine in Parliament

Mar 24th, 2011 | By | Category: Canada, Human Rights, News, Ukrainians Worldwide

Ottawa, ON – Yesterday a motion tabled by David Sweet, Member of Parliament for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale carried unanimously at the Parliamentary Subcommittee on International Human Rights to investigate human rights abuses in Ukraine. The motion was drafted in cooperation with Mr. James Bezan, MP for Selkirk-Interlake.

“This motion is a step forward in investigating human rights abuses in Ukraine, both past and present,” said Bezan. “I want to thank David Sweet for bringing the motion forward and working with myself and the Ukrainian-Canadian community in developing it.”

“It is important that we investigate the reported allegations of human and civil rights violations that are occurring in Ukraine. If the committee finds that these reports are true, it means that there are operatives in the Ukrainian government who are reverting to a soviet-styled administration,” said Bezan.

“In Canada we cherish fundamental freedoms and those are important tenants of our democracy,” said MP David Sweet. “Given the gravity of the allegations that MP Bezan and I are hearing from the Ukraine community in Canada, we feel we have a duty to investigate.”

The motion instructs the parliamentary committee to investigate a number of allegations of Government actions to suppress political dissent, free speech, freedom of the press, and academic freedom in Ukraine.


Dana Seymour Dan Muys
Office of James Bezan, MP Office of David Sweet, MP
Phone: 613-992-2032 Phone: 905-730-8654
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That the Subcommittee on International Human Rights initiate a study of actions taken by the Government of Ukraine to suppress political dissent, free speech, freedom of the press, and academic freedom in Ukraine. The study will focus on allegations of wrongdoing by Government of Ukraine officials and implicated bodies in cases including, but not limited to:

– the murder of independent journalist Georgy Gongadze and the case of editor and investigative journalist, Vasyl Klymentyev, who is missing and feared dead;

– recent imprisonment and launching of criminal investigations and imprisonment against opposition party members including former Presidential candidate Yuliya Tymoshenko;

– actions taken to remove the autonomy of academic institutions, and harassment and intimidation of the academic community, focusing on historians who draw attention to Ukrainian national resistance to Soviet rule;

– the use of improper election tactics in local elections of October 31, 2010

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