While we regret that some protesters have resorted to violent measures that are inconsistent with the peaceful character of the Euro-Maidan movement, the responsibility for the growing political crisis in Ukraine lies squarely with the government’s heavy-handed tactics and undemocratic actions.
Joint statement of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and SlovakiaJan 23rd, 2014 | By pani
The Foreign Ministers of the Visegrad Group underline that the fundamental rights of Ukrainian citizens – including freedom of assembly, freedom of expression and media – must be fully respected and protected.
Today’s events were expected. They were bound to happen! Nobody gave a shit about the fundamental problems at the very heart of Europe. And now you have a war in a country with nuclear weapons….
According to the official information of the Ministry of Internal Affairs the number of detaines on January, 20th evening was 31 person. Most of them are incriminated “participation in riots”, which will “costs” up to 15 years of jail according to new legislation. More than 40 activists are now in the hospitals – their body condition is critical. To avoid any accusals the ones whose body condition is better are recommended not to remain in hospitals as doctors should obligatory report to police about such “dangerous” patients.
Ukrainian citizens’ rights of assembly, freedom of expression and media must be fully
respected and protected. I am deeply concerned about attacks on journalists and about
reports of missing persons.
“I am outraged, as the biggest part of the population of Ukraine, since the laws infringe our civil rights and these laws are anti-democratic,” said one woman in Kyiv.
The United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay, has called on Ukrainian authorities to suspend implementation of new laws imposing strict conditions on the ability of antigovernment demonstrators to hold protests.
20 January 2014 at 17:20 Yesterday I posted a prediction as to upcoming events in Kyiv that now needs to be corrected. Just as the violence was unfolding on Hrushevskoho St. I predicted that Yanukovych would use this event as an excuse to declare martial law. I was wrong, and now (thanks to two former…
Kateryna Kruk theguardian.com, Monday 20 January 2014 16.06 GMT One could feel it in the air that something was going to happen. Growing frustration among protesters has suddenly changed to anger after the Ukrainian parliament, Verkhovna Rada, passed laws severely restricting demonstrations including banning the wearing of helmets and gas masks. It took the pro-government…
Brief legal analysis of the human rights related bills considered during the Plenary Meeting of the Ukrainian Parliament on January 16, 2014 and signed by the President of Ukraine on January 17, 2014 1. Procedural Violations The procedures for the consideration of draft laws (bills) and adoption of laws were violated by the Verkovna Rada…