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Война - преступление, которое не искупается победой.

Анатоль Франс.

Аналитика и интервью

 «Рома и война. Ромские жители Восточной Украины, пострадавшие от войны: беженцы, переселенцы, жертвы насилия».

Как это часто (вернее сказать, всегда) бывает с утопиями, едва приняв осязаемую форму, она обрекла себя на потерю смысла. Из своего рода манифеста человечества, отрезвлённого Второй Мировой, права человека превратились в инструмент силы. Начинаясь как благородные идеи, они превратились в набор догм, которыми успешно жонглируют касты «посвящённых» - юристы, дипломаты, политическая элита.
29 сентября Кирсановский районный суд рассмотрит ходатайство о замене наказания экоузника Евгения Витишко штрафом. Перед судом Женю навестили в колонии и немного поговорили обо всём. Одинаковые двухэтажные здания из серого кирпича, два ряда забора с колючей проволокой, советский щит с фотографиями сытых коров и зрелой пшеницы, с надписью “Тебе, Родина, наш труд и вдохновенье!” - так выглядит колония-поселение №2 в посёлке Садовом Кирсановского района. Сотрудники узнают издалека и сами спрашивают: “Вы к Витишко?”.


Проведите акцию солидарности в своем городе с 26 мая по 4 июня! Олег Сенцов, Александр Кольченко, Геннадий Афанасьев и Алексей Чирний уже два года находятся в российской неволе по сфабрикованному делу о “терроризме”. Мы считаем необходимым проявить солидарность с людьми, которые подверглись преследованиям за проукраинские взгляды, гражданскую позицию и стремление к свободе в оккупированном Россией Крыму.
Поддержите кампанию АДЦ «Мемориал» "Солидарность с ромскими жителями Донбасса".
 Европейский суд по правам человека вынес решение по жалобе Ирины Лыковой в интересах ее единственного сына. 24-летний Сергей Лыков погиб в сентябре 2009 года после того, как «добровольно», подписав признание в преступлении, «выпал» из окна пятого этажа воронежского отдела милиции. Европейский суд признал Россию виновной в нарушении статей Европейской Конвенции: право на жизнь, на запрет пыток, на эффективное расследование, на свободу и безопасность (ст. 2, 3, 5 ЕКПЧ).


Молодежное Правозащитное Движение

Ukraine – without borders!


In August 2007 the international camp “No Borders” «??? ??????» «??? ??????i?» took place near the Uzhgorod (Ukraine) in the framework of the European “All Different – All Equal” campaign with the participation of YHRM.

The Ukrainian network “No borders” acted as the main organizer of the camp.

More than 200 persons from Western and Eastern Europe (Germany, Italy, France, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Armenia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, etc.) discussed the current European policy in the sphere of migration and the situation with the freedom of movement, as well as the opportunities of different actions (protest, charitable, social, legal, awareness-raising, etc.) for changing the present situation and for integrating migrants and refugees.

Also there was a meeting of the international initiative “Food not Bombs” participants, who not just fed the camp’s inhabitants but also conducted a series of actions (including actions with the participation of radical cheerleaders) in Uzhgorod.

The consequences of the eastward expansion of the EU borders
Of course, the main theme of the camp was the situation in Ukraine itself, the Western border of which is the frontier of the EU, where thousands of migrants and refugees want to penetrate by different means.

The Ukrainian region of Transcarpatia, of which the biggest cities are Uzhgorod and Mukachevo, has become a new borderline, with increasing militarization and major concentration of detention camps for refugees from the countries of Global South and former USSR, who try to escape war, totalitarianism or misery to the European Union countries. It is hard to find any “open” information about the conditions in the
majority of these camps.
The condition of the refugees in Ukraine is very unstable: freedom of movement is restricted; it is hard to get a job or medical care, and no social security is provided. When one gets refugee status, the only support they get from the state is a single payment of a petty 3 euros.
In recent years Ukraine has even extradited asylum seekers to places like Uzbekistan, where they were imprisoned for years in the notorious authoritarian regime’s gulags.
The increase of border controls makes a big impact on lives of local people in the depressed region of Transcarpathia. The region is situated on the intersection of borders of five countries: Ukraine,Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, and Romania. Four of them are now in the European Union, but Ukraine will not be its member in the near future. So “Fortress Europe” strengthens its Eastern frontiers on the borderline of Western Ukraine.
(For more detailed information about current situation, please visit http://www.thatsaninterestingpoint.org.ua)

No borders! No nations! Stop deportations!
As it was stated above, in the Transcarpathia region a number of deportation camps, the so-called “detention centers”, are situated, in each of which several hundreds of migrants and refugees from the countries of the CIS, Middle and Far East and Africa are interned. A prison-camp in Pavshino is infamous. According to an ex-prisoner of it, who was the guest and speaker in “No Borders” camp, the conditions for the CIS natives and other people are not equal. The latter are kept in huge hangars, where people sleep side by side on the floor, without WC and showers, and are fed with awful food and very seldom. For the outside people (even journalists and human rights activists) it’s very difficult to get to the territory of the prison-camp, so extremely little data about the illegality inside of it leaks outwards.

There are similar prison-camps near Uzhgorod by the towns Mukachevo and Chop.

The camp participants conducted a series of protest actions (meetings and processions) against the practice of creating such prison-camps in front of Uzhgorod city administration and Committee of migration in Transcarpathia. Activists also managed to reach the deportation camps and conduct actions for the freedom of movement and solidarity with the refugees and migrants who are imprisoned there.

Music and cinema without borders!
The majority of the camp’s events took place in Uzhgorod and were open to all the city inhabitants. Thus, the “Free Zone” – a music fest that gathered musicians playing reggae, rock and other types of music from Kyiv, Kharkov and Lvov – was organized at the central square of the city. Two days in a row in the evenings the city youth came to the square to listen an inflammatory music. During the concert the activist reels about refugees and migrants in different countries, about the actions of solidarity and assistance to these people were shown on huge screens.

Besides, during the whole week there was the cinema festival in the City puppet-show theatre, where all the comers could see feature and documentary films on the theme of the camp. These film reviews became a platform for public lectures and discussions, which featured as speakers the experienced activists, human rights advocates and researchers from Germany, Romania, Russia and other countries.

To be continued…
By the end of the camp working groups of activists planning to continue their work on migration issues (including putting the pressure to change the situation with the deportation camps in Pavshino) emerged. Also different publications on the issue of borders in contemporary Europe are coming soon. A group of activists is working on the recommendations to the European intergovernmental structures on youth actions in the context of migration issues.

Articles in Russian on the contemporary migration issues were also published in the second issue of the “Open City” magazine, which can be found at www.ynri.hrworld.ru.

The project was accomplished with support from the European Youth Foundation (EYF), the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and John D. and Catherine T. McArthur Foundation.

Information group of
the Youth Network against Racism and Intolerance (YHRM)