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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

World Without Nazism concerned at growth of ultranationalism in Ukrainian society, says Svoboda is neo-Nazi party

International Human Rights Movement World Without Nazism has expressed its anxiety at the growth of ultranationalist moods in Ukrainian society, and also the prospects for Ukrainian democracy.
"As a result of the parliamentary elections to Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, which were held on October 28, 2012, for the first time in the whole of post-Soviet history, a neo-Nazi party, Svoboda, got [into parliament]. This party adheres to pure xenophobia, first of all anti-Russian and anti-Semitic moods… The major opposition parties, such as the Batkivschyna United Opposition and the UDAR Party, which call themselves democratic, have already expressed their readiness to cooperate with the neo-Nazis in parliament," reads the report "On the results of the parliamentary election in Ukraine" posted by the movement on Tuesday.
"We think that any political thoughts, especially consolidated by slogans about the necessity to develop democracy in the country, can't justify cooperation with a frankly neo-Nazi party. We're calling on the Ukrainian opposition to refuse to cooperate with this party in the parliament," the movement said.
The organization's appealed to the parliaments of other countries, calling on them to boycott representatives of Svoboda elected to Verkhovna Rada at the parliamentary level, and said that international organizations, such as the Council of Europe, the OSCE and the UN Human Rights Council, should start to monitor the parliamentary and non-parliamentary activity of Svoboda. Moreover, World Without Nazism said its was ready "to use all of its political resources and legal means to counteract the neo-Nazi moods in Ukraine," reads the report.

Source: Kyevpost

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