Ukraine: Human rights groups condemn nationalists for preserving traditional values

By Nikos Tsinakis

Four Human Rights groups have filed a complaint to the Ukrainian government for alleged attacks against minorities by nationalists during patriotic marches earlier this year.

However, the historical motives of these Human Rights groups should make one feel at least a little skeptical about their claims.  The joint complaint was filed by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Front Line Defenders, and Freedom House. The first two organisations named have been heavily involved in the refugee crisis in Europe for the recent years, with Amnesty International known for its “double the quota” campaign in the past, demanding western countries to accept more than a reasonable amount of refugees from the middle east and Africa, all the while when statistics clearly show even the existing asylum seekers in Europe fails to integrate at any significant rate, as well as contributing to the rise in crime and terrorism.


“The law enforcement authorities have rarely launched investigations into the threats and attacks committed by these groups. In the cases where investigations were launched, there is no indication that effective investigative measures were undertaken, and perpetrators were identified, despite attackers publicly claiming, in some cases, responsibility for the attacks on social media.”

 

The joint letter points to a number of incidents in which “radical groups” were able to carry out unlawful acts with impunity. On March 8, participants of the Women’s March in Kiev were assaulted by right-wing groups as police “merely observed the attacks and took no steps to stop them or detain them.”   It is unclear how this attack is linked to hate mongering against minorities by organized far-right fascists, when it’s entirely possible that the conflicts happened that day was due to a clash of individual citizens who seek to protect the country’s Christian identity from this Women’s March that’s fundamentally feminist/ cultural marxist in nature

The letter continues; “Ukrainian officials must meet their obligations to guarantee the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression, and the right to safety and security to all people in Ukraine,”

The attack claims in the letter also cited several more incidents since the beginning of 2018 where members of “right-wing radical groups” allegedly carried out two dozen attacks in Kiev and cities across Ukraine, the letter says. The nationalist group Right Sector was among those being named dropped in the letter, it is one of the currently most recognized right-wing groups in Ukraine after a surge of popularity during the outbreak of the War in Donbass in 2014. Many of the Nationalist groups in Ukraine formed their own paramilitary militias and fought in the war upon request from the Ukrainian government due to a shortage for manpower at the time. Previous Marches similar to the one incited in the letter were organized in the purpose of commemorating the patriots who put their lives on the line to defend their country, and their traditional Orthodox Christian values.