Political Persecutions

Statement on the political persecution of the Ukrainian writer, Yuri Vynnychuk

Jan 26th, 2012 | By

The Ukrainian PEN-Center calls on the Ukrainian national authorities to stop political persecution in the country and abstain from infringing on freedom of speech and interfering in literary and artistic activity. We call on Ukrainian writers and artists as well as on our international colleagues to join our protest.

US Senator Robert Menendez about the arrest of Yulia Tymoshenko

Nov 19th, 2011 | By

H. Res. 435 condemning the persecution of Yulia Tymoshenko and other political prisoners was introduced in the House of Representatives on October 13, 2011.  While this legislation does not currently have a Senate companion, rest assured that I will keep your views in mind if a similar bill is considered in the Senate.

Debate on Democracy in Ukraine, House of Commons, Ottawa, Canada (Video)

Oct 20th, 2011 | By

…where all political parties unanimously condemned the politically motivated selective justice and sentencing in the case of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

An orange carrot called Euro-2012

Oct 14th, 2011 | By

The powers that be in Ukraine think they are entitled to hosting the Euro-2012 championships. They are not entitled; Ukraine was given a carrot for a job that was ongoing in terms of developing a democracy. Under the current regime that democracy has been floundering in many different areas.

Tymoshenko Verdict – Yanukovich’s Rubicon

Oct 12th, 2011 | By

The conviction and sentencing of Yulya Tymoshenko represents Viktor Yanukovich’s Rubicon. Despite both strong admonishment and gentle prodding from the international community, Yanukovich arrogantly flaunted his power and did the wrong thing. True, he said he would during his independence speech. Still hope remained eternal at least until the verdict.

UWC denounces Yulia Tymoshenko’s conviction

Oct 12th, 2011 | By

The Ukrainian World Congress denounces today’s decision by the Pechersky District Court in Kyiv convicting Ukraine’s opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko following a trial that did not comply with international standards of fairness, transparency and impartiality.

Yanukovych: Give the Devil His Due

Sep 19th, 2011 | By

By Bishop Paul Peter Jesep Diaspora Ukrainians throughout the world are vocal and relentless in their justified criticism and at times condemnation of President Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych.  I’ve been one of them when he first sought the presidency and have never stopped.  In the interests of fairness and intellectual honesty, however, even the devil must…

UWC would continue to monitor the judicial proceedings of political opponents in Ukraine

Sep 7th, 2011 | By

On August 26, 2011, Ukrainian World Congress President (UWC) Eugene Czolij, together with Ukrainian Canadian Congress President Paul Grod, met in Kyiv with Ukraine’s Head of the Prosecutor General’s Department of Investigation of Particularly Important Cases, Andrii Kurys.

Ukrainian World Congress President Attends Court Hearing of Ukraine’s Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko

Aug 25th, 2011 | By

During a recess in the hearings Eugene Czolij had a five-minute meeting with Yulia Tymoshenko when she expressed gratitude for the reaction of UWC and Ukrainians worldwide on her arrest.  Eugene Czolij assured her that the UWC would continue to monitor the court proceedings and work to ensure that Ukraine respects human rights in accordance with Ukraine’s laws and its international obligations.

2nd Demonstration in Toronto in support of Democracy in Ukraine

Aug 15th, 2011 | By

Borys Wrzesnewskyj’s and Gerard Kennedy’s remarks at 2nd Toronto Demonstration in support of Democracy in Ukraine and Release of All Political Prisoners on Friday Aug. 12, 2011 – 6 30 pm in front of the Ukrainian Consulate 2275 Lakeshore Blvd West, Toronto, Canada.