The UNWLA is deeply alarmed and disturbed
with the recent actions taken by the present government of
Ukraine towards peaceful demonstrators demanding their rights as
citizens of a democratic state. These actions maybe a prelude to
repression of the will of the people.
November 30, 2013
Dear Mr. Secretary,
As the largest organization of women of Ukrainian descent in the United States, the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America supports the U.S. condemnation of the “violent crackdown on a peaceful anti-government demonstration in Kiev on Saturday”.
It is not enough to call upon “Ukraine's leaders to respect their people's right to free expression and assembly”. The statement put forth by State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki did not threaten sanctions. These Ukrainian leaders clearly have little regard for the will of the people. The UNWLA strongly urges the United States to take a stronger stand. As was feared, the leaders of Ukraine took forceful measures against their people; these past few days brought brutal and excessive violence which the Yanukovich security force “Berkut” used against people peacefully exercising their rights in a democratic country.
The right to assemble and peacefully demonstrate is the basis upon which democracy is built. We fear that this regime will turn to violent repression as a way of suppressing the will of Ukrainian people. We, as American citizens, seek your help in not allowing Ukraine to be repressed once again.
Thank you for your time and attention to this urgent matter, Mr. Secretary.
Lidia Bilous Marianna Zajac
UNWLA Vice President
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