Appeal of the people of Ukraine’s to the international community: Please act now!
24 January 2014
This is our last plea for help. Tomorrow they might disconnect our phones and internet, announce a state of emergency and kill us while the international community remains silent, upholding European values on paper only. People are dying for them in Ukraine, and will continue to die.
Citizens of Ukraine, representatives of civil organizations, active participants in the peaceful protests on the Maidan (Independence Square) in Kyiv and across the whole country appeal to the international community, national governments, and international organizations to decisively intervene in the current situation in Ukraine in order to help Ukrainians secure peace and civil rights in this part of Europe. We need your help to stop this bloody, brutal and evil war, which criminal government authorities wage against their own people.
The response to the protesters’ actions by the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) Security Forces is outrageous. Police strongly violate human rights, secured by international conventions and Ukrainian legislation, particularly by using live ammunition and water cannons. At least five people have already been killed by sniper’s bullets and torture by criminal thugs hired by the authorities to fight activists, and the fate of many others has not been determined. Hundreds of protesters were severe injured, among them dozens of medical workers and journalists, who have been intentionally shot by snipers from “Berkut” (riot police), mainly targeting their eyes. MIA Security Forces have kidnapped the severely wounded right from the hospitals, handcuffed, tortured and humiliated them. We ask you to note that despite the terror against protesters arranged by authorities all over country, and specifically in Kyiv, people’s resistance, with only one exception, remains peaceful.
EU Heads of Missions in Kyiv have welcomed recent talks between government and opposition and urged the Ukrainian government “to deliver on its promises and announcements made in the context of the negotiations with the opposition.” In a local statement issued by the EU Delegation in Ukraine today, they said negotiations would continue.
EU diplomats voiced concern about the deteriorating human rights situation, saying “arrests of wounded people in front of clinics, several cases of disappearance and reported torture are extremely worrying and can be accepted under no circumstances.” Perpetrators of these crimes need to be brought to justice as a matter of urgency, they insisted, adding that, “Stopping this practice is an indispensable prerequisite for confidence building between government and society.”
The statement urged the opposition “to maintain the peaceful character of demonstrations and to dissociate itself clearly from all those who make use of violence in pursuing their aims.”
EU Heads of Missions also called on all sides to revoke the whole package of legislative acts restricting the exercise of fundamental freedoms adopted on 16 January and to base any further decisions on the upcoming CoE and OSCE assessment. “The EU continues to monitor the situation in Ukraine attentively. The EU remains committed to economic integration and political association of Ukraine,” the statement concluded. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
Štefan Füle in Kyiv – Memo
EU-Moldova releations are “developing at full speed”, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle said yesterday after meeting Moldovan Prime Minister Iurie Leancă in Chisinau yesterday.
Speaking to the media following the meeting, Commissioner Füle listed the steps forward taken in the last year: “we initialled the Association Agreement, lifted the quota for Moldovan wine, and started the process to lift visa requirements.”
“Now it is important to sustain this dynamic and use the promising potential for the benefit of the people in this country” by focusing on effective completion and implementation of reforms, he added.
“The integrity and independence of the state institutions needs to be fully restored and guaranteed, all the more after the political crisis of last year. Constitutional reform, deep judicial reform, the fight against corruption and improvement of the business climate are essential. I have seen encouraging progress over the last months on some of these key issues; but much remains to be done.”
Füle said the EU remained committed to the signature of the Association Agreement, “which is the blueprint for modernising Moldova with our considerable assistance”.
Pointing out that the text of the Agreement had also been published in Romanian and Russian, he encouraged “everyone to have a look at the text to see the benefits and opportunities this agreement and closer cooperation with the EU offer to everyone here but also in the neighbourhood – contrary to some of the myths being spread around.” (EU Neighbourhood Info)