Daily Archives: December 25, 2015

Venice Commission report recommends…

Much as predicted the joint interim opinion from the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission and OSCE/ODIHR  found that theUkrainian Law on the Condemnation of the Communist and National Socialist (Nazi) Regimes and Prohibition of Propaganda of their Symbols [hereafter ‘the Law’] had serious failings which could infringe people’s right to freedom of expression and of association.

UK | Greek parliament votes unanimously to recognise state of Palestine during Abbas visit

The Greek parliament has voted unanimously in favour of recognising the state of Palestine during a visit from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The government of Alexis Tsipras had previously been urged by the parliamentary Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee to make the move, removing references to “the Palestinian Authority”.

Ukraine | Hitler’s fan in the Ukrainian parliament

Yesterday a shocking video was published in Ukraine. It shows Ukrainian member of the parliament Artem Vitko singing song about Adolf Hitler:
“Adolf Hitler is together with us,
Adolf Hitler is in every of us”.

In the same time Vitko is a member of the group for parliament relation between Ukraine and Israel. In fact this is a very strange group. Among MP’s intending to develop Ukrainian-Israel relation we can also find Andriy Biletsky the leader of Nazi military corps “Azov”.

Ukraine | Journalists’ persecution

December 24 Ukrainian security services raided the famous Odessa journalist Grigory Kvasnyuk. Kvasnyuk opposes the regime in Kiev. State security accused Kvasnyuk of encroachment on the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
This is not the first time that the Ukrainian special services persecute journalists.
22 December 34 MEP from 5 political factions and the 17 countries of the European Union reminded the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko persecution of Ruslan Kotsaba, a journalist from Western Ukraine. They sent a joint letter to Poroshenko.
Parliamentarians demand to release “immediately and unconditionally” Ruslan Kotsaba. The signatories stress that Ukraine, as a country aspiring to join the EU, is obliged to respect the right to freedom of expression as it is declared in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (2000).
“This right includes freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority regardless of frontiers” – say MEPs.
However, Kiev regime ignores all such appeals. It goes to Europe in its own way.