AUGB'S RESPONSE TO UKRAINE'S 1970'S RHETORIC - UPDATED

23.02.12


The AUGB has reacted to Ukraine's recent attack on the Ukrainian World Congress with a letter to the President of Ukraine.

The issue revolves around a piece that appeared on the website of Ukraine's National Institute for Strategic Studies which has essentially tried to publicly discredit the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) by describing it as "an advocate for the political position of a section of the Ukrainian diaspora" and, using other terms, as an insignificant unrepresentative organisation which represents Ukraine in a negative light to the UN, the EU and governments of various countries. 

The UWC has of course made representations (about Ukraine) to various institutions/governmental bodies (on increased lack of freedom of expression, increased media censorship, persecution and deaths of journalists, misuse of legal processes to silence political opponents, corruption, etc etc).

The AUGB reminded President Yanukovych about reports such as those prepared by PACE, Amnesty International, Freedom House etc (in addition to the countless representations made by various government representatives), and that the problem of Ukraine’s international “image” lies not with the Ukrainian World Congress, but with the current Ukrainian government and its inability to embrace European standards of democracy, freedom of speech and the rule of law. 

 



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