Archive | October, 2012

USCIRF Chair Comments on the State of International Religious Freedom

In an October 19, 2012 op-ed for Eurasia Review, Katrina Lantos Swett, chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), discusses the main issues of concern facing religious freedom today: barriers to constructing and safely using places of worship and governmental limitations on religious rights. Complicated procedures exist for those wishing to obtain […]

Jewish Cultural Center Opens in Ukraine

On Tuesday, October 16th, a  Jewish cultural center was dedicated in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. It has been named the “Menorah Center,” as the large complex consists of seven buildings in the shape of a menorah. The Center includes a Holocaust museum, community center, hotel, kosher restaurant, an Institute for Jewish Culture in Ukraine and art galleries. The […]

Trade Despite Sanctions?

EU Meeting Today to Discuss Sanctions Against Belarus EU ministers are meeting today in Brussels to determine whether sanctions against Belarus should be expanded. Latvia is an important part of this, as they import a great deal of Belarusian oil products and have a history of blocking the adoption of EU sanctions against Belarus. The Netherlands is […]

New Rules to Stop EU Funding for Racist Parties

“Last month, the European Commission finally backed a proposal for new laws that intend to cut off EU funding for racist or xenophobic parties and their associated foundations. The proposal demands European political parties and foundations to register officially under EU law to get a new legal status that allows them to receive EU funding. […]

Roma Political Activist Denied Refugee Status in Canada

Gyula Kanto, a Roma political activist, and his wife and son have been denied refugee status in Canada. Kanto is known as a Roma civil rights leader in Hungary, and has run for office on that platform. The family greatly fears for their safety in their homeland. In their application for refugee protection, they stated […]

Lithuanian Politicians Allegedly Using Anti-Semitic and Nazi Imagery in Elections

According to JTA, two nationalist politicians in Lithuania are currently being probed for their alleged use of anti-Semitic and Nazi imagery in their elections campaigns. The controversial materials include a Hindu swastika and leaflets that feature “a caricature of a smiling ultra-Orthodox Jew boasting about receiving money from the Lithuanian government.” Read the full JTA […]

UCSJ Statement Regarding Threats to Tatyana Lokshina

The international organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) has informed UCSJ that Tatyana Lokshina, Deputy Director of HRW Moscow office, received nine text messages (SMS) from September 28th- 30th that directly threatened her and her future child. Lokshina was the Director of the UCSJ Bureau in Moscow in the early 1990s and also has worked with […]