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Ukraine signs historic EU trade pact sparking Russia ire

by Tom Parfitt Ukraine signed a landmark economic trade pact with the European Union on Friday prompting a furious response from the Kremlin, even as talks were extended over a peace plan to stop violence in the country’s eastern regions. Petro Poroshenko, the president of Ukraine, signed the accord at a ceremony in Brussels, calling […]

Avoid anti-Semitism in hot EU debate, Senate urges Ukraine pols

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A call on political parties in Ukraine to refrain from anti-Semitism was part of a resolution proposed in the Senate expressing its support for Ukrainians seeking a closer alignment with the European Union. The resolution, introduced Dec. 13 by a bipartisan slate of senators — Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Jeanne […]

Europe’s Oldest Human Rights Org Plans to Upgrade Office in Russia

The Moscow Times– The Council of Europe, the continent’s oldest human rights organization, has announced an agreement to upgrade its Russian office, a sign that Russia takes the 47-member group seriously, a spokesman said, at a time when the Kremlin routinely rejects outside criticism of its rights record. Turning its information office into a program office with diplomatic immunity will allow the council to assist the Russian government in implementing a list […]

UCSJ Letter to the Co-Chairs of the Helsinki Commission

April 15, 2013 U R G E N T Honorable Senator Benjamin Cardin Honorable Congressman Christopher Smith Co-chairs of the Helsinki Commission of the American Congress (Committee on Foreign Affairs) Dear co-chairs of the Helsinki Commission: Alarming information about the escalation of wide attacks on the Russian NGOs comes every day from Moscow. Almost all […]

USCIRF Press Release “Anti-Semitism: A Growing Threat to all Faiths”

WASHINGTON D.C. – Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), today testified before the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations on “Anti-Semitism: A Growing Threat to all Faiths.” In her testimony, Dr. Lantos Swett notes that: Clearly, anti-Semitism in contemporary Europe, while not […]

Main Belarusian Human Rights NGO Forcibly Evicted from Minsk

Viasna, one of the main human rights NGOs in Belarus, has been forcibly evicted from their premises in Minsk. On Monday, representatives of the Ministry of Justice and the police closed Viasna’s office space and sealed off the premises. This is another result of the case against prisoner of conscience Ales Bialiatski, whose trial was universally declared […]

European Jewish Association Calls for Protection of Jews after anti-Semitic Party Wins 12% of Seats in Ukraine Parliament

The anti-Semitic Ukrainian party Svoboda won 12.3 percent of the vote in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, making it clear that they will be well represented in Ukraine’s parliament. Several anti-Semitic attacks, such as the torching of synagogues, Jewish cultural centers and the desecration of Jewish cemeteries, have been linked to party members of Svoboda. In addition […]

Member of European Parliament Denies Holocaust on National Television

A member of the European Parliament and leader of the nationalist Greater Romania Party has denied on national television that the Holocaust took place in Romania. Corneliu Vadim Tudor stated, while appearing on the Romanian Realitatea TV show last Thursday,  “In Romania there was never a Holocaust,” adding, “I will deny it ’til I die because I love my […]

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. […]