Tag Archives: national minorities

China | China’s Uyghur Repression

In the name of combating Islamic extremism, the Chinese Communist Party has embarked on a massive campaign of harassment and detention of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang province.

Israel | A new shameful crime: apartheid voted as the Basic Constitutional Law of Israel

by Savas Michael Matsas

Today, July 19, 2018, early morning, the Israeli Knesset, the Parliament of the Zionist State controlled by the ruling far right coalition under Benjamin Netanyahu, passed by 62 votes against 55 and one abstention its apartheid “Nation-State of the Jewish People” Basic Law, abolishing even the “democratic” façade of the 1948 “Declaration of Independence of Israel”. Not only Arabic ceases to be an “official language” but a destructive blow is given to all the extremely restricted rights of the Palestinian Arab citizens of the occupied country. Segregation according to ethnicity and religion is established and “Jewish settlements” are praised and inaugurated as the State’s highest “national value”. But also the rights of the Israeli Jewish citizens, who do not conform to the so called “ultra-orthodox” distorted version of Judaism ordered by the corrupt rabbis supporting Netanyahu, are under immediate attack.

Ukraine | Hungarian minority in Transcarpathia is under attack

Transcarpathian region is a Western part of Ukraine. It has ethnically mixed population with relatively large Hungarian minority. Since February Ukrainian fascists several times attacked their cultural society. At night on February 4 an unknown person threw a Molotov cocktail in the window of Hungarian culture society. The society is located in Uzhgorod, the main city of  Transcarpathia. On February 27 a new attempt was done to put it on fire. It was prepared better and caused a fire in the society office. 25 square meters were burnt. The police noted then that the fire was preceded by an explosion. A week later alleged arsonist was arrested. He is military personnel of Ukrainian army and fought in Donbas on the side of Kiev regime. The court arrested him for two months.

Ukraine | Ukraine continues discrimination of national minorities

On February 28, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine declared the law “On the Basics of the State Language Policy”, adopted in 2012, unconstitutional. The law guaranteed the rights of the national minorities languages ​​and was agreed with EU experts. The first attempt to abolish the law was made exactly four years ago in February 2014, when a coup d’état took place in Kiev. Then the Ukrainian parliament voted to repeal this law. This decision provoked a wave of protests in the south-east of Ukraine and became one of the reasons for the uprising in the Donbas. Frightened of the protests, the then Speaker of the Parliament Turchinov did not sign the already adopted resolution.

Hungary steps up pressure on Ukraine over new education law

By The Associated Press

Hungary will ask the European Union to revise its association agreement with Ukraine, claiming the country’s new language law limits the rights of minorities, the Hungarian foreign minister said Tuesday.