OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2018: Radical Ukrainian Militants & the “Mirotvorets” Website

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard



At the 8th plenary session of the HDIM-2018 conference the chairperson of the board of the human rights platform “Uspishna Varta” Natalya Natalina appealed to the OSCE to urge the government of Ukraine to ban the activity of paramilitary forces as a part of ultra-right parties and organisations adhering to the ideology of aggressive nationalism.

During the discussion delegates of the OSCE State Parties discussed tolerance and non-discrimination, including the rights of persons belonging to ethnic minorities and the prevention of aggressive nationalism, racism, and chauvinism.

During her speech in front of participants of the meeting, Natalya Natalina stated  that in Ukraine such groups as C14, National Druzhina, Azov, Svoboda, and Right Sector hold openly militaristic torchlight processions in Kiev and Odessa and also use the swastika and read anti-Semitic and chauvinistic slogans.

“Over the past 4 years these groups have become a convenient tool for the Ukrainian authorities for the suppression of dissent. Under the slogans of fighting against anti-Ukrainian elements they attack oppositional journalists, bloggers, and the editorial offices of media. The beat up and launch tear gas in the eyes of veterans supporting the preservation of World War II monuments, disrupt peaceful assemblies of opposition political parties, stage vandalism in Orthodox churches, and attack lawyers who defend political prisoners that are inconvenient for the authorities. All these cases and testimonies are described in detail in the materials that we have attached to the conference materials,” noted the human rights activist.

Also, in her speech the chairperson of the board of “Uspishna Varta” paid special attention to the activity of the “C14” group, which in the night of April 21st committed a pogrom of a Romani camp on the Lysa Gora in Kiev. She specified that the police begun an investigation into the offense only after a video was published that captures the facts of the persecution of women and children by armed men with bats and pepper spray. Although earlier the police and media controlled by the President called the pogrom a clean-up.

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In completion of the speech, Natalya Natalina addressed the OSCE concerning the activity in Ukraine of the Mirotvorets” website. “We ask the OSCE to also pay attention to the ‘Mirotvorets’ website, where so-called helpers of terrorists are displayed. And in general to human rights not only in Crimea and Donbass, but also in Kiev and in Ukraine, which, unfortunately, after the ‘revolution of dignity’ in 2014 is extremely far from democracy,” she noted.

OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2018: Human Rights Violations in Ukraine

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