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[Article of Peter Storm]/Ukraine: What’s going on and what does it mean

UKRAINE: WHAT’S GOING ON AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN

 

Tuesday, 3 December, 2013

My Libcom piece on Ukraine, posted there this evening

Some thoughts on the protests happening in Ukraine. Things are not completely what they may seem.

The mass protests unfolding in Ukraine are raising a few eyebrows here and there, as well as the usual hyped-up talk of people’s revolt and even revolution. The eyebrows are justified. Mass demonstrations of many hundreds of thousands in the winter cold, people blockading government buildings, attacking a presidential palace and occupying the city government office, calls for president and government to resign, talk of a general strike…all in support of closer ties to the EU? It all seems a bit odd. Add to the strange brew a strong element of extreme nationalism, and the picture of a movement that is right wing, reactionary and unsupportable from a radical, libertarian communist point of view becomes even clearer. What has been going on? I think there are at least three elements to all this.

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[Human Rights Watch]/Russia: Mass detention of migrants

 

 

RUSSIA: MASS DETENTION OF MIGRANTS

 

Racial Profiling, Arbitrary Detention, Harsh Detention Conditions
AUGUST 9, 2013
OUR REPORT:
Everything about this massive sweep violates Russia’s obligations under international law. Prolonged detention without counsel, ethnic profiling, inhuman conditions – it should stop now.
Tanya Lokshina, Russia program director

(Moscow) – Moscow police have detained thousands of suspected irregular migrants since late July 2013, for alleged violation of migration and employment regulations. Hundreds are in custody, including in a makeshift tent camp in inhuman conditions. Russia should immediately halt these arbitrary detentions and the degrading treatment of migrants.

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[Human Rights Watch]/Russia: Reject Discriminatory Bill

RUSSIA: REJECT DISCRIMINATORY BILL

 

Wave of International Criticism of Anti-LGBT Draft Law
JUNE 24, 2013
Russia has made much of its leadership on “traditional values” at the United Nations, but this bill shows what “traditional values” actually means in Russia. This bill makes clear that in Russia, “traditional values” means the state decides what is acceptable and what is not when it comes to personal identity. That is something that anyone – gay or straight – concedes at their peril.
Graeme Reid, director of the LGBT Rights Program

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[Human Rights Watch]/Russia: Mass Detention of Migrants

RUSSIA: MASS DETENTION OF MIGRANTS

 

Racial Profiling, Arbitrary Detention, Harsh Detention Conditions
AUGUST 9, 2013
OUR REPORT:
Everything about this massive sweep violates Russia’s obligations under international law. Prolonged detention without counsel, ethnic profiling, inhuman conditions – it should stop now.
Tanya Lokshina, Russia program director

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[Human Rights Watch]/Russia: Silencing Activists, Journalists ahead of Sochi Games

RUSSIA: SILENCING ACTIVISTS, JOURNALISTS AHEAD OF SOCHI GAMES

 

Six Months Before Olympics Launch, Fresh Concerns about Intimidation
AUGUST 7, 2013
  • The iridescent blue Iceberg Skating Palace and the Central Olympic Stadium (Fisht Stadium) will host world-class events during the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

    © 2012 Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images for Human Rights Watch
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Preparations for the Sochi Games have been plagued with serious human rights abuses and other problems, many of which have only been brought to light through the efforts of activists and journalists. If the IOC is committed to these issues, it should ask the Russian authorities to immediately stop harassing activists, organizations, and journalists and investigate allegations of abuse.
Jane Buchanan, associate Europe and Central Asia director

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[Institute of Race Relations]/Cracks in the Dutch deportation and detention regime

 

 

CRACKS IN THE DUTCH DEPORTATION AND DETENTION REGIME

HELEN HINTJES

AHMED PURI

June 13, 2013 — Comment

Written by Helen Hintjens & Ahmed Puri

A series of hunger strikes, following allegations of abuse, force and the use of forged documents, are showing up the fault lines in the Dutch detention system.

For the first time in more than a decade, hundreds of people in Dutch immigration detention centres have gone on hunger strikes in protest at their hopeless situation. In late May, two young Guinean men moved from Rotterdam detention centre to the prison hospital in Scheveningen in The Hague, were reported to be suffering from kidney failure as a result of dry fasting. One of them, Issa Koulibaly, a 22-year-old who has written long and eloquent letters to his lawyer and supporters, explaining exactly what has been happening to him in detention,[1] states in his letters that if forced to return to Guinea, he would rather die.

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Human Rights Watch/Russia: Merkel, Rutte should press Putin on rights

RUSSIA: MERKEL, RUTTE SHOULD PRESS PUTIN ON RIGHTS

 

Wave of ‘Inspections’ the Latest Phase in Kremlin’s Worst Crackdown in 20 Years
APRIL 4, 2013
  • A participant is detained by police on Moscow March 24, 2013 during a protest to show solidarity for those arrested at opposition rallies in May 2012.

    © 2013 Reuters
Trade fairs are about doing business, but Merkel should make clear to Putin that it cannot be business as usual for Germany’s relations with Russia until the attacks on civil society stop. This is the worst crackdown in Russia in 20 years. It is admirable to promote deeper understanding between Russia and the Netherlands, but this has very little meaning if vital parts of Russian society cannot express themselves freely.
Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director

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