Comment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine in connection with the persecution of the Ukrainian national minority in Russia
01 November 2021 17:49

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expresses its strong protest over the ongoing crackdown by the Russian authorities on the rights of the Ukrainian minority in Russia.

As part of Russia's deliberate state policy of forced assimilation during 2011-2020 the Federal National-Cultural Autonomy of Ukrainians of Russia were banned as well as the Association of Ukrainians of Russia and the Omsk Regional NGO «Siberian Center of Ukrainian Culture «Gray Wedge». Besides, the World Congress of Ukrainians was labeled as an «undesirable organization» and the Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow has been defunct.

Another manifestation of the Russian authorities' efforts aimed at erasing the national and ethnic identity of Ukrainians in Russia was the decision of the Artemovsk City Court of the Primorsky Krai to liquidate the autonomous non-profit organization «Far Eastern Ukrainian Spiritual, Cultural and Educational Center «Prosvita».

Decisions to forcibly shut down the Prosvita Center and other Ukrainian cultural centers in Russia obviously illustrate a real «Russian hospitality» towards those citizens of other countries, with whom the Russian authorities continue to so desperately prove their affinity while encouraging them to acquire Russian citizenship.

Russian authorities demonstrate no intention to protect the rights of Ukrainians in Russia, limiting their opportunities to participate in the decision-making processes on issues that affect them directly and preventing any attempts of self-organization.

The Russian Federation must fulfill its international legal obligations, in particular under the UN International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the European Convention on Human Rights, the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages etc.

We call on the international community to impartially assess the ongoing harsh deterioration of the human rights situation in Russia, to increase political and diplomatic pressure on the Russian authorities in order to stop ultimately the attack on the rights of the Ukrainian national minority in Russia.


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