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Ukraine Report

 For those of you who still don’t know, our colleague Judy Patkin is an amazing person.  Involved for 40+ years, she transitioned her Boston Action for Soviet Jewry office from advocacy for refuseniks and Prisoners for Zion to assisting needy Jews in Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova.  Henry Gerber and I have the privilege of visiting […]

Lithuania Is Building a Convention Center Over Vilna’s Jewish Cemetery. Here’s How You Can Protest

Locals and top Jewish historians are fighting to prevent the bulldozing of the burial site of one of Europe’s most historic Jewish communities By Yair Rosenberg For centuries, the city of Vilna (today Vilnius) was the center of Jewish life in what was then known as Polish-Lithuania. By the turn of the 20th century, the Lithuanian capital boasted […]

View from abroad: Mitzvah Day in Belarus

Debra Brunner, Director of The Together Plan, blogs about bringing Mitzvah Day to five towns and cities in Belarus: Belarus is a much forgotten country in the heart of Europe: a dictatorship, which has a rich but troubled Jewish history. Once part of the Soviet Union, pre-war Belarus boasted a large and vibrant Jewish community and claims many […]

Russia: Government against Rights Groups

In 2012 Russia’s parliament adopted a law that required nongovernmental organizations (NGO)s to register as “foreign agents” with the Ministry of Justice if they engage in “political activity” and receive foreign funding. The definition of “political activity” under the law is so broad and vague that it can extend to all aspects of advocacy and human rights work. […]

IRF Roundtable Letter on Declining Religious Freedom Conditions in Kazakhstan

UCSJ, along with other members of the International Religious Freedom (IRF) Roundtable, sent a letter to the UN regarding our concern for declining religious freedom conditions in Kazakhstan. Click the above link to view it, or read an excerpt below: Prof. Dr. Heiner Bielefeldt Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief Office of the […]

The Regime Has Crossed the Red Line

Official Statement from UCSJ’s NGO Partner For Human Rights Moscow– The criminal case against Sergey Udaltsov and other “heroes” of NTV propagandistic films shows that the current regime in Russia has crossed the red line from being a simply repressive violator of democratic principles to a totalitarian one. The absurdity of accusations, reminiscent of Stalin-era actions, demonstrates […]

Sergei Magnitsky

UCSJ: Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union The Voice of Emigration, Jewish Survival, and Human Rights in the Former Soviet Union Since 1970   June 13, 2012 Dear Member of Congress, We are religious and human rights organizations which work together on issues of international importance and today we are writing you to support the […]