Posted by Jan 31 on
Some of you are following the situation in Ukraine through the media. There is different information coming from different sources, we would like to share with you information we received from our activists, Ukrainian citizens:
"...The Association with EU gave hope for changes, transparent business and politics, European laws and values. The rejection of the Association was only a starting point, a kick off for revolution and changes. Maidan doesn’t stand for NATO, Europe or USA, neither for Bandera, Klitschko, Poroshenko or Tymoshenko. The Ukrainian nation is tired of illegality, corruption, and inertia and violence of authorities, kickbacks, ridiculous laws which violate human rights and freedoms. People in Kyiv and many other cities don’t know where it's all going, what will happen tomorrow; to them, their families, their friends and colleagues and they can’t suffer anymore. They are tired and fed up.
Unfortunately, we don’t have strong enough leaders in opposition who can change the situation in a civilized way; the current opposition is scared and threatened. It is a horrible and twisted situation where we have people on the streets and leaders lie in an ambush. That’s why Ukrainians are taking regional authorities by storm in different regions, fighting at the barricades in Kyiv, joining the protest marches, and spreading information about the situation. We need a strong and honest leader to take care of the country.We are asking for your support in spreading the word about the current situation in Ukraine. Please support our fight for democracy and a dignified future.
Situation for NGOs
It has been said that the work of Ukrainian NGOs "has also been affected by the new law “About civil association” which was adopted on 16th of January, 2014 together with other antidemocratic laws. According to this law all civil associations (including NGOs) which receive money or any other assets from foreign countries or their bodies, foreign or international NGOs, as well as foreign citizens, function as international agents. Every month international agents should submit all bookkeeping about income, property, plan of expenses and information about staff to the special authorities". Now these laws were rejected under pressure from the EU and USA, but this decision of the Parliament has not been yet signed by the President.
There are still around 30 Maidan activists that are missing, parents are searching for their children that are sometimes found in police stations around Ukraine and in a lot of cases are not allowed to have even a short meeting with them. You might have been able to see some videos published on the Internet where special police forces "Berkut" are torturing Maidan activists and making fun of it, these videos can compete with Nazi archives during WWII. The Police Authorities officially took responsibility for these cases of violence and inhumanity and published an apology on their official website but no of these policemen has been punished so far. Confrontation with the police is ongoing, people continue protesting and asking for freedom for "political prisoners" and the negotiation process between opposition and president is going very slowly.
We keep in touch with our local branch SVIT-Ukraine and hope this material can help to raise awareness about situation there.