Leaving Ukraine for Canada 120 years ago was akin to settling on the moon; only the bravest dared. Reaching the prairies, they were unceremoniously dumped where the train track stopped. There was nothing to mark human progress; distances were overwhelming and other people far away. When meeting them in towns, “established” Canadians mocked the new arrivals’ dress and sneered at their language and religion, heart-wrenchingly described in Pierre Burton’s The Promised Land. There was the ultimate slap-down: go back where you came from if you don’t like it here.
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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.
Ukrainian Canadian Congress calls up on government of Canada to include protection of human rights in free trade talks with UkraineJun 17th, 2011 | By pani
We urge the Government of Canada to increase pressure on the Ukrainian government to ensure respect for democracy and human rights by making these fundamental principles formal conditions in any Free Trade Agreement
The UWC President also recognized the continuing efforts of the Ukrainian diaspora to assist the disaster victims, primarily by providing for their ongoing medical treatment through the supply of medicines and equipment, and by keeping the international community informed of the situation at Chornobyl. In particular, he highlighted the efforts and resources of such well-known charitable organizations as the Children of Chornobyl Relief and Development Fund in the U.S. and the Children of Chornobyl Canadian Fund.
He also acknowledged the positive results of the April 2011 Chornobyl Pledging Conference held in Kyiv, where participating nations and organizations pledged some 550 million Euros for the construction of a long-term shelter to cover the fourth nuclear reactor and a waste storage facility for the plant’s three other decommissioned reactors.
Chornobyl became a global issue from day one, even though the Soviet authorities issued a short statement about the accident only two days later, after radiation levels set off alarms at a nuclear power plant in Sweden. Even then, the Kremlin in Moscow did not give any details concerning this disaster and attempted to conceal its magnitude, which created general apprehension and uncertainty in the world.
Chornobyl’s destructive power, which swiftly transcended European borders, made the international community realize that immediate access to honest, accurate and consistent information is a global right, and its timely dissemination – an obligation to which nations are now held responsible in the all-important arena of public opinion. During his visit of the Chornobyl site six days ago, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki‑moon pushed for new international standards that would hold countries accountable for nuclear safety and stressed the need for “full transparency.”
On Tuesday, March 22, 2011 MP David Sweet (Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale) tabled a motion that was adopted unanimously at the Parliamentary Subcommittee on International Human Rights to investigate human rights abuses in Ukraine. The motion was drafted in cooperation with MP James Bezan (Selkirk-Interlake).
It was a very succesfull RALLY attended by schoolchildren, Members of The Ukrainian Youth Association CYM, Plast, Souz Ukrainok, nearly all brances were represented! We have to be proud of ourselves we did our duty in defending our Ukraine and Ukrainians in UA and Russia !
If Mr. Hryschenko remains on top, there is no future for Ukraine’s current Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It should simply rename itself — the Ukrainian Desk at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. But then Victor Yanukovich would not be a president and Mr. Hryschenko would not be a minister. And so the farce continues.