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07.06.2016

From May 31 to June 4 a unique, “Orwellian” human rights art exhibit was featured in downtown Toronto’s Metro Hall. The display showcased art in honor of the Holodomor and the ongoing crisis in Ukraine today, made by students from five different high school classes throughout Toronto. The exhibit is the product of a program titled Orwell Art, a unit of study developed by Toronto high school teacher and community leader Nadia Guerrera to teach about the fragility of democracy and the role of civic engagement in safeguarding it around the world. Orwell Art aims to raise awareness of the Holodomor, the 1932-1933 man-made famine genocide in Ukraine, by bringing the headlines of the current crisis in Ukraine...



03.06.2016

The Holodomor Mobile Classroom (HMC) is officially on the road, spreading awareness about the man-made Famine of 1932-33 in which millions of Ukrainians were starved to death. The HMC visited six Ontario high schools and three Ukrainian Saturday schools in March and April, reaching more than 650 students with up to four lessons per day being given in the HMC. Mark Melnyk, the Department Head of History for the York Region District School Board, called it “one of the coolest, most immersive learning experiences we have been fortunate to share with our students,” adding that “its use of state-of-the-art technology is captivating for a generation of students that are often hard to impress.”...



03.06.2016

In the six years since my lawyer Sergei Magnitsky was murdered by the Putin regime for uncovering a massive government corruption scheme, I have been on a worldwide campaign to get justice for him. At first I tried to find justice in Russia, but Mr. Putin circled the wagons and exonerated those involved. My next step was to look for justice outside of Russia. That proved to be equally fruitless. I quickly realized that there are no instruments of justice in the West for crimes committed in authoritarian regimes like Russia...



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...



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