Monthly Archives: September 2017

Spain | Catalan independence: democratic background

A threat of civil conflict and war has arisen last weeks in Catalonia after central government decision to derail the vote for independence of Spain region. Many groups and parties are looking at referendum and discuss its legitimacy and probable impacts.

Here is a statement of the group belong to the heirs of the Forth International. It is intersting by the stress on various democratic aspects of the Catalan struggle for independence.

IMF Ukraine programme’s impact on women’s rights criticised at Human Rights Council

In May the Geneva-based Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) submitted a written statement to the UN Human Rights Council addressing the impacts of IMF macro-economic reform programmes on women’s rights in Ukraine. The statement outlined various ways in which the recent IMF-demanded Ukrainian economic reforms (see Observer Spring 2015 and Winter 2016), have “violated women’s economic and social rights and contributed to the feminisation of poverty and deepening of gender inequalities”. WILPF pin-pointed three specific IMF policy conditions, fuel subsidy cuts, cuts to the public sector and tax policies, as having significant gendered impacts.

Kurdish Democratic Party media silent on Erdoğan’s insults against Barzani

Speaking at the graduation ceremony of the Police Academy, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addressed Barzani in degrading manner. “Just sit back. You’ve got money, oil, so stay where you are! (He says that) it would be an independent state (!). This adventure will end in disappointment” he said.

Ukraine | New victims of political repression in Ukraine

The Berdichev court condemned two Ukrainian journalists for nine years of imprisonment.
In 2015, journalists of Channel 17 Dmitry Vasilets and Yevgeny Timonin were detained on charges of separatism. In particular, the investigation accused them of creating the channel “Novorossiya TV”. More precisely, being in Kiev, they, according to the investigation, created a corresponding page on the Youtube service. In addition, journalists made a trip to the Donbas in the Donetsk People’s Republic.
As the journalists themselves claimed, they do not have any relation to the TV channel and are not involved in either its formation, or in the creation and dissemination of information on this television channel.
Nevertheless, the court found Dmitry Vasilets and Yevgeny Timonin guilty of assisting a terrorist organization and sentenced both to nine years in prison.
The court read out the verdict in the absence of the defendants. Vasilets began to criticize the court decision during the announcement of the verdict. He was withdrawn from the courtroom on the orders of the judge. And Evgeny Timonin left the courtroom himself.

Greece | MEP from Greece supports Ukrainian worker activist

Communist party of Greece questions the European Parliament on the arrest and detention of Ukrainian worker activist.

The MEP of the KKE, Kostas Papadakis, made the following specific reference in his question:

“On June 21 2017 the counter-intelligence agency of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) arrested Yevgeny Tichonovic Gavrilov, cadre of the organization “Workers’ Front” in the village of Orlifka (territorial district of Pokrovski, region of Donietsk) on the accusation of “terrorist activity”.This accusation was based on the reasoning that there were various books in his house, chiefly of a historical nature. On August 15 2017 the detention of Y. Gavrilov was extended for two months.