This study covers the period from the end of November 2013 to the end of March 2014 and deals with the situation with human rights and the rule of law that emerged in Ukraine as a result of a violent seizure of power and unconstitutional coup.
As a factual basis, a careful monitoring of Ukrainian, Russian and some Western media reports was conducted, covering statements and announcements made by the leaders of the “new government” of Ukraine and their supporters, numerous eyewitness accounts, including those posted on the Internet, as well as records based on observations and interviews with people on the scene, and those collected by non-governmental organization The Foundation for Researching Problems in Democracy, and the Moscow Bureau for Human Rights.
Excerpts from the basic international documents on human rights whose universal regulations and standards have been violated in Ukraine during the indicated period precede each section of this study.
We do not claim to report exhaustively in this White Book all tragic events that took place in Ukraine. Nonetheless, the present list of the most flagrant violations of fundamental international norms of human rights and the rule of law committed in this country, by ultranationalist, neo-Nazi, and extremist forces which have monopolized the Euromaidan protests, far from being exhaustive, gives enough grounds to claim that such violations were widespread.
The essential task of this White Book is to focus on facts to which the international community and key international human rights bodies, as well as relevant nongovernmental organizations have not shown proper and impartial attention.
The history of the twentieth century has given tragic lessons which would be irresponsible and also at times just unlawful to ignore. The White Book is a signal to those who have forgotten this or pretend to forget. Those who cynically, in pursuit of their own selfish interests and under the guise of good intentions and pseudo-democratic demagogy, are plunging a multimillion multi-ethnic Ukrainian population into extremism, lawlessness, and a deep crisis of national identity.
The onslaught of racism, xenophobia, ethnic intolerance, the glorification of the Nazis and their Banderite sycophants should be brought to a speedy end through the united efforts of the Ukrainian people and the international community. The alternative is fraught with so devastating consequences for peace, stability, and democratic development in Europe, that it is absolutely necessary to prevent further escalation of this situation.White Book on violations of human rights in Ukraine (NOVEMBER 2013 — MARCH 2014)
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An Orthodox Christian Easter Egg made of finewood with the image of the Icon of “Saint Michael the Archangel”.
St. Michael the Archangel is one of the most revered Archangels in Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
Many Russian flags conveyed his image, for Michael is worshiped as the supreme commander of God's army.
An Orthodox Christian Easter Egg made of finewood with the image of the Icon of “Christ Pantocrator”.
The iconic image of Christ Pantocrator is considered one the first images of the Lord, appeared in the Early Christian Church.
It is still a central icon of the Eastern Orthodox Church. The is a half-length image of Jesus Christ, holding the New Testament in His left hand, and making a blessing gesture with the right.
An Orthodox Christian Easter Egg made of finewood with the image of the Icon of “Christ Pantocrator” (Christ, Ruler of All).
The iconic image of Christ Pantocrator is considered one the first images of the Lord, appeared in the Early Christian Church. It is still a central icon of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
The is a half-length image of Jesus Christ, holding the New Testament in His left hand, and making a blessing gesture with the right.
Dog tag is made of stainless steel with enamel.
It is a image of crossed-hammer and sickle with the motto of the French Revolution, “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” in Russian and French.
Freedom – the ability to do anything that does not harm others.
Equality – means that all are equal before the law.
Brotherhood – do not do to others what you would not want to get myself, and do it in relation to other such good deeds, which would be in relation to themselves.
Dog tag “The Cossack Troops” is made of stainless steel with enamel.
It depicts a hobbler Cossack dressed in a sample 1915 uniform with a lance and a Cossack sword.
In the background there is a distinctive V-shaped Cossack sleeve-patch, painted in the colors of Russian national flag.
At the top edge of the tag there is the motto: “For Faith and Fatherland”.
The motto describes the basic commands that must know each Russian soldier: soul – to God, heart – to the people, life – to Fatherland, honor – to no one.
The dog tag is made of stainless steel with enamel.
It represents a bust of a skeleton in a green beret and and a camo suit, holding a knife in his hand and surrounded by a pool of blood.
Below is an inscription: ”SPECIAL FORCES’” written in a swift dynamic style.
The image of the dog tag is based on the emblem laid on the patches of special forces unit “Viking” of the 20th Special Forces detachment of Russian Internal Troops. The detachment was disbanded in 2010.