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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 […]

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 […]

Russia Moves to Broaden Definition of High Treason

“Russian leaders ‘have now chosen an ideological course — you can even call it a national idea — to search for external and internal enemies,’ Lev A. Ponomarev, a veteran activist, said in an interview with Dozhd TV. Lyudmila M. Alekseyeva, a human rights advocate, told the news service Interfax that she had ‘a feeling that they are again pulling down the Iron Curtain.’

Earlier this week, the United States Agency for International Development announced that it would end its 20-year-old program in Russia at the Kremlin’s request. On Friday, the Moscow office of Radio Liberty, which is financed by the American government, announced that it was ending medium-wave broadcasts because of a tough new media law that prohibits such broadcasting when more than 48 percent of an outlet’s founders are foreigners. The station will continue its broadcasts online.”

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 […]

A Few Thoughts from the President – Look For The Union Label

From the Desk of the (UCSJ) President- I thought of the old ILGWU fight song while recently meeting with the directors of the US State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL division) in Washington DC to discuss how to counter the new Russian Extremism law which has targeted religions that don’t conform […]

UCSJ SUPPORTS S. 1039

In 2008 Sergei Magnitsky was detained for investigating corruption. One year later he died from mistreatment in prison at the age of 37. The Sergei Magnitsky bill would prevent Russian authorities responsible for human rights abuses from traveling to the US and storing their ill-gotten cash overseas.   Please call your Senator and ask him […]

Israeli Ambassador Unaware of Politcal Prisoners in Belarus

The new Israeli Ambassador does not know there are political prisoners in Belarus. On February 15 at his press-conference in Minsk the new Israeli Ambassador to Belarus Yosef Shagal stated that he knows nothing about existence of political prisoners in Belarus. “I am a citizen of Israel, we do not have political prisoners. As for […]

An Interview with International Director, Leonid Stonov

When and where were you born? Moscow, USSR 1931 How did you get involved with human rights in the Soviet Union? Ever since I was a child I was interested in politics, and I even wanted to study humanities in history. But before I graduated high school, my father was arrested. He was accused of […]

Statement of Solidarity

Union of Councils expresses solidarity with democratic forces in Russia who strongly protest against the falsification of parliamentary election results. Today, big rallies in Moscow, Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Ekaterinburg, and many other cities and towns across Russia showed that Russian civil society not only exists, but is fighting for democratization and political-economic reforms. We support the […]