We would ask the Canadian government to take one further step and make it clear to the Ukrainian authorities that conclusion of the free trade agreement with Ukraine now under negotiation will depend on the Ukrainian government respecting in letter and spirit the rule of law, human rights and democratic freedoms.
… did you see the news clip of Mr. Putin at a Russian car show. He was invited to start a new Lada meant to impress the world. It took him a while! It almost didn’t start! It seems analogous to Putin’s friendship with you and Russia’s relationship with Ukraine … not dependable … not to be trusted.
When the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union collapsed, we on the other side of the Wall felt far more hope than you can imagine. Yes, there was fear and confusion as well, but thanks to the courage of Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and others who followed them, hundreds of millions of people had the opportunity to grasp the freedom that the western world takes for granted. It was a great moment in world history and those leaders who did not forget about us will in turn never be forgotten by us.
For those who do not follow events in Russia, that is often where the story ends.
Ukrainian World Congress Sent an Appeal to International Community on Prosecutions of Political Opponents in UkraineJun 18th, 2011 | By pani
As previously raised with the international community by the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) in its letters dated 12 January 2011,1 the UWC is gravely concerned about the continuing prosecutions of political opponents by Ukrainian government authorities.
The systematic violations of civil rights, the assault on democratic rights and freedoms in Ukraine and political persecutions have prompted numerous appeals, protest rallies, public statements and other measures by members of human rights organizations, civic activists and politicians, stressing that such actions by those in power are unacceptable. We must however note the lack of any reaction or positive moves from the regime and acknowledge that the means for internal influence to improve the situation have been exhausted.
Recently, the Memorial Society received a visit from representatives of the Security Service of Ukraine and the Kyiv Municipal State Administration, who demonstrated an intense interest in the Society’s activities. After their visits, the Society lost its telephone service for an entire week.
Political prisoner former interior minister of Ukraine Yury Lutsenko is on hunger strike for three weeksMay 12th, 2011 | By pani
Lutsenko’s wife, Iryna, said that the former minister would continue a hunger strike until the settlement of the issue on preventive punishment against him. According to Serhii Lutsenko, his brother has lost 20 kilograms.
Polish journalist Klaudiusz Wesołek from Gdansk arrested April 19 started the famine strike in jail. He refuses to take solid food and consumes only drinks. He is protesting against the refusal to grant him the status of prisoner of consciousness.
He was accused of “violating law and peace in city hall”, the accusation stated that he was “trying to disrupt the meeting and was shouting at the head ot the council”. Klaudiuzs was denied to speak at the court proceedings and the court issued prescriptive sentence.
From this analysis it follows that the ten people accused of hooliganism over the beheading of the bust of Stalin and the daubing with paint of the monument to Dzherzhynsky are political prisoners in accordance to the definition given.