Statement of Belarusian National Platform in connection with the deaths of people in eastern Ukraine and Odessa
The Belarusian National Platform on behalf of representatives of public associations, initiatives, political parties, citizens of Belarus, expresses condolences to the Ukrainian people in connection with the tragic events of May 2 entailing a large number of victims and casualties, as well as about the victims of the fighting, provoked by separatists in Eastern Ukraine.
‘The drama of these events is not only that citizens of Ukraine have died defending their natural, inalienable rights, the integrity of his country, but also the fact that the victims of the tragedy were people deceived by Russian propaganda and chose the path of war with their brothers for the dubious values’, a statement says.
Clashes in Odessa could be avoided, as well as other incidents in which people were killed or injured. Odessa events showed that the situation reached a critical point where ordinary citizens are united and protect their values and lives of other people facing the threat of separatism and terrorism, using all available means.
Separatism in Ukraine appeared on the multi-ethnic territories which have been peaceful before. This phenomenon in this case is an attempt of secession in favor of a neighboring state. The so-called rebels in the Eastern regions of Ukraine are well armed, use the state symbols of the neighboring state and operate under the same scenario, which allowed Russia some time ago to join the Crimea. In recent weeks, the separatists seized buildings, controlled territories and key objects, took hostages, and held them captive, tortured and killed.
The current situation requires the Ukrainian government to do everything in its power to protect its citizens and in the absence of such protection capabilities – to provide maximum assistance to their self-organization in order to ensure safety.
On May 8, in Yerevan, Yerevan Press Club held presentation of the book “Eastern Partnership Media Freedom Landscape-2013”, which covers the situation of the media in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
The publication (in English and Russian) is based on research carried out in 2013 in the framework of the “ENP East Media Freedom Watch” project. The project supported by the European Union is implemented by Yerevan Press Club in cooperation with Internews Ukraine and other partner NGOs from the six Eastern Partnership countries.
The book is a collection of analytical reviews on freedom of expression and media in 2013 in each of the six countries (legislative field, practice, broadcasting, Internet and new media). The reviews were based on standardized methodology and contain expert recommendations. Colored infographics of the book demonstrate how Media Freedom Index varied in each of the six countries from March to December of 2013.
May 8 presentation in Yerevan was opened with congratulatory remarks by Dirk Lorenz, Head of Political, Economic, Press and Information Section of the Delegation of the European Union to Armenia. Boris Navasardian, Yerevan Press Club President, presented the results of the study.