UNIS Action Items

• Advocate Membership in the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus (CUC)

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The Congressional Ukrainian Caucus (CUC) has been an important tool in our community’s work with the United States Congress.  For 15 years this bi-partisan group of Members of Congress has interacted with our community to promote Ukraine-related issues of concern and advocate legislation that advances U.S.-Ukraine bilateral relations.  The Ukrainian community has achieved numerous accomplishments, with the Caucus’ assistance, in particular, passage of a bill to construct a memorial to the victims of Ukrainian Famine-Genocide, as well as a bill to ‘graduate’ Ukraine from the Jackson-Vanik amendment. 

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• Support Helsinki Commission Resolution on Ukraine

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On Monday, July 16, 2012, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, introduced a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives urging the government of Ukraine to uphold international standards and conduct free, fair, and transparent parliamentary elections in Ukraine in October 2012.    The resolution also highlights the recent democratic regression transpiring in Ukraine in the past several years, in particular the selective prosecution of political opponents. 

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• Protest the Anti-Constitutional Ukrainian Language Law

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This week’s passage of Law No. 9073 “On the Principles of Language Policy” in the Parliament of Ukraine will have dramatic ramifications for all of Ukraine’s society.  The Venice Commission’s (of the Council of Europe) review of the anti-constitutional measure indicates the gravity and seriousness of the proposed law’s usurpation of the sole state language of Ukraine – Ukrainian.  Improper parliamentary procedures by the majority party in the Parliament of Ukraine have led to the fraudulent passage of the intended law which will wreak civil discord in the months prior to Ukraine’s upcoming national elections.

The Ukrainian community and its organizations can and must react to this act of complete and total disregard for the official state language of Ukraine.  Below, please find a sample letter to President Viktor Yanukovych, the guarantor of Ukraine’s Constitution, urging him to veto the proposed law and promote the Ukrainian language as the sole constitutional language in Ukraine.  Please organize and mobilize petitions from individuals and organizations and send the originals to the Ukrainian National Information Service, which will in turn deliver the letters to the Embassy of Ukraine.  

Send your letters to:

UNIS; 311 Massachusetts Avenue, NE; Washington, DC 20002

Your actions now are critical in defending the Ukrainian language!   Should you require additional information, please contact UNIS at 202-547-0018 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

SAMPLE LETTER

The Honorable Viktor Yanukovych

President of Ukraine

Kyiv, Ukraine

Dear Mr. President:

We, the undersigned - members of the Ukrainian American community, are outraged by the anti-constitutional vote in Ukraine’s Parliament regarding Law No. 9073 “On the Principles of Language Policy.”   Such blatant disregard for Ukraine’s Constitution constitutes treason by Members of Parliament who pledged to uphold the very document they have now attempted to usurp.  Inasmuch, international commissions have denoted the anti-procedural measures by the ruling majority in the Parliament as not meeting European constitutional standards.  Such lawlessness and disregard for the state language of Ukraine has no place in a mature Ukrainian state.  

Mr. President, we demand that you veto the proposed law “On the Principles of Language Policy.”  As the guarantor of the Constitution of Ukraine, the document on which rests the very foundation of Ukraine’s modern statehood, your must unequivocally uphold the single state language of Ukraine - Ukrainian!  Mr. President, the Ukrainian community and the world are awaiting your veto!

Sincerely,

UNIS ACTION ITEM: • Encourage President Obama to Call President Yanukovych to Cease Ukraine’s Selective Prosecution

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Since Viktor Yanukovych assumed the presidency in Ukraine in February 2010, there has been a noticeable backsliding of democratic trends in that country as depicted in numerous think-tank reports.  During the past year, selective prosecution of political opponents (most notably the former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yuliya Tymoshenko) has resulted in false accusations, arrests and imprisonments.   While we are mindful of the efforts exerted by European Union officials and the United States government, we must request our government representatives to attain clearer definitive results, especially in light of the failing health of Yuliya Tymoshenko and others. 

Below, please find a sample letter to President Obama urging him to contact President Viktor Yanukovych and request the immediate release of those wrongfully prosecuted for political purposes in Ukraine.  You can contact the White House directly on its website at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments or call the White House ‘Comments Line’ at 202-456-1111.   Should you require additional information, please contact UNIS at 202-547-0018 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

SAMPLE LETTER

The Honorable Barack Obama

The White House

Washington, D.C. 20500

 

Dear Mr. President:

The current situation in Ukraine is of particular concern to me as an American of Ukrainian heritage.  Ukraine, the land of my ancestors, has lapsed uncontrollably in a downward spiral of regressive democratic trends, as evidenced by the selective prosecution of former government officials, most notably Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko.  The strategic partnership between the United States and Ukraine must be utilized to seek means to address the current reversal of democracy in that country.

Mr. President, I respectfully request you to contact President Viktor Yanukovych and request him to release those wrongfully indicted or imprisoned for political expediency and retribution.  While we are grateful for the efforts of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv to address these issues, your personal intervention would elevate the magnitude of these grave and egregious injustices in Ukraine.  Such a gesture will further reiterate the United States’ role as the beacon of democracy and its values.  Mr. President, please assist the forces of democracy in Ukraine!

Sincerely,

“UKRAINIAN DAYS” Registration Form

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April 25-26, 2012

REGISTRATION FORM

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