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UCSJ UPDATE

We had a great result on July 12th.  With much support of Deputy Y. Shuchevich, his assistance in the Ukrainian parliament (in Ukrainian, Verkhovna Rada), lawyers for UCSJ and I successfully brought to the parliament’s Committee of Culture and Conscience’s attention the illegal clauses inserted in the proposed chances to the Law of Cultural Heritage […]

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 […]

Omaha woman who helped resettle persecuted Soviet Jews dies at 94

Shirley Goldstein kept red licorice near the door for visitors. She decorated statues outside her home for the holidays, and called each of her grandchildren “Cookie.” And throughout the 1970s and ’80s, she thumbed her nose at the Soviet Union, smuggling contraband across its borders and helping to resettle Soviet Jews who weren’t allowed to […]

UCSJ REPORT: HATE CRIMES IN THE UKRAINE

Link to Word Document Report: xenophobia_in_ukraine_2015_eng_ed Congress of National Communities of Ukraine National Minority Rights Monitoring Group Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union TWO YEARS OF WAR: Xenophobia in Ukraine in 2015 Informational and Analytical Report Based on Monitoring Results   Report compiled by Vyacheslav Likhachev   Kyiv 2016 Introduction   The […]

UCSJ REPORT: HATE CRIMES IN THE UKRAINE

  Congress of National Communities of Ukraine National Minority Rights Monitoring Group   Hate crimes in Ukraine in 2015   Vyacheslav Likhachev Chronicle of Hate-Motivated Violence   On the evening of May 17, at about 10PM, a group of approximately 10 people attacked a man of Nigerian descent. The attack was accompanied by insults that targeted […]

Op-Ed: Exclusive interview: ‘Journey with an Enemy’ on the Lithuanian Shoah

Op-Ed: Exclusive interview: ‘Journey with an Enemy’ on the Lithuanian Shoah Manfred Gerstenfeld interviews Ruta Vanagaite on her new book, My people; Journey with an enemy: “Older people have apparently found the book quite offensive; it is incredibly painful for them to face their past.” Published: Sunday, February 21, 2016   Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld The writer […]

Weekly Update No. 42

Rights in Russia: Week-ending 13 November 2015 [see also as attachment] Comment  Sergei Nikitin: “There’s clearly an attempt to find enemies where there are none” (Voice of America)  Person of the Week  Person of the Week: Magomed Mutsolgov Rights Group of the Week  Rights Group of the Week: Memorial Human Rights Centre HRO.org in English  Statement […]

Weekly Update

Rights in Russia: Week-ending 2 October 2015 HRO.org in English  Sergei Lukashevsky: ‘It is not fitting for an organization that bears the name of Sakharov to blacken its own reputation’ Liudmila Alekseeva asks Putin to finally abolish ‘foreign agent’ law Liudmila Alekseeva: I want to ask the president a question Statement by Memorial Human Rights […]

Moscow Helsinki Committee Speech on Receiving the Vaclev Havel Award Prize: Translation

Strasbourg 28, 2015 In our country the human rights movement was born a half a century ago.  I am proud and happy that since the very beginning of this movement I took the proactive role in its development.  Human rights and protection of human dignity became my life-time project.  It is the story of my […]

Rights in Russia Report

Rights in Russia: Week-ending 11 September 2015 [see also attachment] Comment  Pavel Chikov: ‘I’m tired of keeping silent’ Georgy Satarov: Shame, morality and citizenship HRO.org in English  New Monument to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Erected in Vladivostok Red Terror marked in St Petersburg on 5 September 2015 Muftis of Russia on the Golden Horde, Xenophobia and Political Correctness […]