Daily Archives: September 22, 2015

The United Nations Monitoring Mission Protests against Anti-communist Laws and Glorification of Nationalists in Ukraine

The United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU) has published “Report on the human rights situation in Ukraine 16 February to 15 May 2015”. It was issued by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

On 15 May, the President of Ukraine signed a package of four laws relating to Ukraine’s history. They denounce the Communist and Nazi regimes as “criminal under the law”, ban propaganda in their favour and all public display of their symbols. They also require replacing communist-inspired names for cities, streets, squares and other places. The package of laws include provisions for opening all archives of Soviet-era security organs and provides public recognition to all those who fought for Ukrainian independence. Thus, in addition to Soviet war veterans, the State and local governments are to provide social benefits to members of very diverse groups enumerated in the law, ranging from human rights activists to members of ultra-nationalist movements which committed mass atrocities during World War II, such as the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA).
The HRMMU notes that there is serious risk that some legal provisions could discourage debate about Ukraine’s past and limit the freedom of expression in a way that could deepen divisions. For example, the Law On the Legal Status and Honouring of Fighters for Ukraine’s Independence in the Twentieth Century’ states that “publicly expressing disrespect” for any mentioned group that fought for Ukraine’s independence and the legitimacy of this struggle is “illegal” and will result in “liability” under Ukrainian legislation. The Law On Condemning Communist and National Socialist (Nazi) Totalitarian Regimes in Ukraine and Prohibiting Propaganda of their Symbols is even more explicit in imposing sentences in the form of restriction of liberty or imprisonment for up to five years for the preparation, circulation and public use of Communist or Nazi symbols. It should be noted that similar provisions adopted in other countries were found by the European Court of Human Rights to violate the right to freedom of expression. According to Article 20 of the ICCPR, States parties are only required to prohibit by law “propaganda for war” and “advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence”.
The source: http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Countries/UA/10thOHCHRreportUkraine.pdf

USA | Map: The risk of genocide around the world

September 21

Communities living in the countries in darker colors on the map are at greater risk of state-led mass violence, according to a think tank connected to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

USA | All Republican Presidential Candidates Stand For War

Here is Carla Fiorina at the debate describing the way she will lead us to Armageddon.  She won’t talk to Putin, but she will send him “the message” via military threats:

“Having met Vladimir Putin, I wouldn’t talk to him at all. We’ve talked way too much to him. What I would do, immediately, is begin rebuilding the Sixth Fleet, I would begin rebuilding the missile defense program in Poland, I would conduct regular, aggressive military exercises in the Baltic states. I’d probably send a few thousand more troops into Germany. Vladimir Putin would get the message. . . .  Russia is a bad actor, but Vladimir Putin is someone we should not talk to, because the only way he will stop is to sense strength and resolve on the other side, and we have all of that within our control.

Military coup in Burkina Faso has not finished yet

People’s protest was supported by troops loyal to deposed government, and several African presidents forced coup’s leader to proclaim return to a civil rule. But conspirators control president’s palace.

As Al Jazeera reports Burkina Faso’s coup leader says he will abide by a deal reached with top African mediators, but warned his men would defend themselves if attacked after the army entered the capital.

Ukraine | 60 participants of the rally in support of imprisoned journalists detained in Odessa

September 19, police arrested more than 60 participants of the rally in support of imprisoned journalists. Action “Free Buzila” took place near the remand prison №1 in Odessa, it was held in support of opposition journalist Artyom Buzila and his associates Elena Glischinskaya and Vitaliy Didenko. The event was attended by over 200 people. Supporters of jailed journalists unfurled a banner “FreeBuzila,” held posters with the image of Buzila, Glischinskaya and Didenko. The activists chanted: “Freedom for Buzila”. According to Ukrainian media, the police arrested more than 60 protesters and refused to give official comments.
Ukrainian security services arrested three journalists of Odessa at the end of April 2015. They are accused of separatism. Currently Didenko made a deal with the investigation: in exchange for recognition of his guilt, he received relaxed verdict. The rest of the journalists pleaded not guilty. As investigation has no strong evidence of their guilt, the court can justify them, so the trial of them has not begun yet. This is usual practice of lawlessness in Ukraine.