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28.05.2016

“There used to be so many of them – they had their own schools, cultural centres, mosques” recalls one former resident of Crimea, referring to the Crimean Tatar population that was once a prominent feature of the peninsula. That was before the Second World War. Today, the ethnic makeup of Crimea looks much different, largely the result of a 1944 genocide carried out against the Crimean Tatars by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. In May of that year Stalin ordered the deportation of 230,000 Crimean Tatars on trumped up charges that they collaborated with the invading Nazi forces. Of those deported, nearly half died. Crimean Tatars are now facing a...



14.05.2016

What is the difference between how Moscow celebrates Victory in Europe Day and how Kyiv celebrates? If this were a few years ago, there wouldn’t have been much of a difference. Post-Euromaidan however, that has changed. Kyiv now commemorates in a less militaristic style - there isn’t any grand military parade down the main streets of Kyiv and the glorifying of the Red Army. No, here the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory began a project in 2015 to commemorate all Ukrainians who fell during the Second World War: civilians, Red Army veterans, veterans of the Ukrainian liberation movement (OUN and UPA) and also Ukrainians who fought in foreign armies on all fronts. The Ukrainian Institute of National Memory, under the...



05.05.2016

The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) calls upon the international community to react to the continued repressive actions being taken by the Russian Federation to ban the activities of the UWC in the Russian Federation in an attempt to isolate the Ukrainian minority in Russia from the Ukrainian diaspora...



05.05.2016

Thirty years ago, on 26 April 1986, the nuclear facility in Chornobyl, Ukraine, was the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster which took the lives of 28 reactor staff and emergency responders, displaced hundreds of thousands of individuals, and affected the long-term health and well-being of millions exposed to the radioactive fallout. This catastrophe resulted from the ruthless exploitation of Ukraine and its people by an imperialistic Russian regime that continuously manifested a callous disregard for human life...



05.05.2016

Following the signing of the memorandum of cooperation between the League of Ukrainian Canadians (LUC) and the Canadian Association of Crimean Tatars (CACT) during the Crimean Tatar Night on March 24, 2016, a Canadian delegation comprised of members of both organizations headed to the IV Board meeting of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars in Vilnius (Lithuania). The leaders of the Crimean Tatar organizations from across the world took part in this strategic planning meeting. The first day marked the opening of the international conference entitled "Mass Violations of Human Rights in the Occupied Crimea." The Lithuanian Parliament was chosen as a venue for this event. Prior to the beginning of the first session of the conference, the guests of the meeting were invited to view the exhibition about the legendary Crimean Tatar leader, Mustafa Dzhemilev, prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland...



05.05.2016

In the course of World War II Franklin D. Roosevelt suffering from many ailments as well as Soviet infiltration of his administration and the Department of State sought a “modus vivendi” with Josef Stalin. Having just experienced the results of a similar course by his British brothers acting through Foreign Minister Neville Chamberlain in Munich in 1938, involving a different psychopath Adolf Hitler, FDR, nevertheless, failed to recognize the similarity between Hitler and Stalin. The result was a 45 year cold war only it wasn’t so cold in Korea, Czechoslovakia, Cuba, Hungary, Vietnam and Afghanistan. Those conflicts resulted in significant loss of life. The economic loss resulting from an arms race was trillions of dollars...



02.05.2016

The referendum in my country rejecting the EU Association agreement with your country must have raised some bitter feelings with you about European double standards, and in the Netherlands in particular, on Ukraine’s place in Europe and your genuine aspirations to share our basic human values of dignity, democracy and human rights. This was, I know, the message of millions of Ukrainians sent so powerfully during the Maidan revolution, where many Ukrainians paid the highest price for it to be heard...



02.05.2016

Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) President Eugene Czolij met with Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) High Commissioner on National Minorities, Astrid Thors, to inform of the gross violations by Russian governing authorities of the human rights of Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars. The UWC President highlighted the harassment of religious and ethnic groups in Russia-occupied Crimea. He also focused on the repressive actions by Russian governing authorities against the Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow, the suppression of activities of the Ukrainian community in Russia, and the persecution of its activists. In this context, Eugene Czolij drew attention to the earlier introduced “patriotic stop list”, designed to stop the activity in Russia of “unwanted” foreign non-governmental organizations...



19.04.2016

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) calls on the Government of Canada to swiftly adopt a "Magnitsky Amendment" to the Special Economic Measures Act. The United States adopted the Magnitsky Act in 2012. Magnitsky legislation is named after the late Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer and fraud investigator who uncovered evidence of a major theft of tax money by government officials - but was then arrested for it himself, imprisoned, tortured and left to languish for 358 days before he died in jail at age 37...



19.04.2016

Today marks the two-year anniversary of the so-called ‘referendum’ held in Crimea and the invasion and military occupation of Ukraine by the Putin regime. To mark this solemn occasion, Official Opposition Foreign Affairs critic, Tony Clement, and Defence critic, James Bezan, call on the Liberal government to clearly state that it will never recognize the illegal occupation of Crimea: “It is deeply concerning that the Liberal government, in a statement released today, refused to repeat what we have been saying all along: that Canada will never recognize any part of Ukraine as Russian territory. Crimea is Ukraine, Donbas is Ukraine and they always will be. Canada must not waver in standing with our partners and allies in support of the people of Ukraine, and their quest for peace and democracy...



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