Solidarity

An Open Letter to President Barack Obama concerning your upcoming meeting with President Poroshenko of Ukraine 

President Barack Obama

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Washington, D.C. 20500

July 6, 2016

Dear President Obama,

It has been reported that you will be attending the NATO Summit to be held July 8 and 9 in Warsaw, Poland. It also has been reported that, during the Summit, you will be meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

I am writing to ask you to raise a particular issue during your meeting with the Ukrainian president: the request by the Council of Mothers of May 2 for an international investigation into the massacre of 46 people on May 2, 2014, at the House of Trade Unions in Odessa’s Kulikovo Field. The Council is made up of relatives of those who were killed in that terrible event.

I am sure you are aware of the massacre. On April 25, U.S. State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner addressed this issue at the department’s daily press briefing. Answering a question from a Tass reporter, Mr. Toner stated that the U.S. government condemned the killings of May 2, 2014; supported the call for an investigation of that massacre; and supported holding commemorations of the massacre, such as the one called by the Council of Mothers to take place on May 2, 2016, in Kulikovo Field. Further, Mr. Toner said the U.S. government condemned the threats of violence being made against that commemoration by various right-wing organizations in Ukraine.

In response to a request by the Council of Mothers for international human rights activists to attend the May 2 memorial, I travelled to Odessa with two other U.S. activists for the second anniversary commemoration. It was a very tense situation. Ukraine has a multitude of extreme right-wing organizations that model themselves after military units of the Nazi Party of the 1930s and ‘40s. Groups like Right Sector, the Brotherhood, Bandera and the Azov Battalion are known for their violent attacks against political opponents. Some of them are believed to have played leading roles in the 2014 massacre at the House of Trade Unions. And they were threatening to attack the May 2 memorial.

That attack did not happen, mainly because thousands of Odessans refused to be intimidated and came out that day to Kulikovo Field. Also present were some 1,500 police officers and hundreds of members of the National Guard. It’s likely that the Ukrainian government, which has a very close relationship with these fascist organizations, was aware of the public statements of the U.S. government concerning the memorial, and so took steps to prevent an attack.

However, it has now been more than two years since the massacre, and not one person responsible for that heinous crime has ever been brought to justice. There have been investigations, most recently by the prestigious Council of Europe, but all have ended with the same complaint: a lack of cooperation by the Ukrainian government.

The Council of Mothers is now asking the United Nations to initiate a new, impartial and genuine investigation into the events of May 2, 2014. The success of any new investigation, like the previous ones, would depend on cooperation by the Ukrainian government.

Mr. President, when you meet with President Poroshenko, please ask him to publicly pledge his government’s full cooperation with any new investigation. Ask him to release his government’s files on the massacre. Ask him to release the innocent surviving victims of the attack on the House of Trade Unions who are still being held in prison, many under deplorable conditions. And ask him to order the federal Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) to stop harassing members of the Council of Mothers in an attempt to terrorize them into silence.

It is probably too much to also ask that you use the power of your office to help reduce the dangerously escalating tensions in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe by opposing the extension of NATO up to the very borders of Russia. That extension, of course, is the very purpose of the NATO Summit.

But perhaps you can find it in your heart to ask President Poroshenko to publicly commit to cooperating with any future international investigations into the massacre of scores of innocent people on May 2, 2014, in Odessa, Ukraine.

Sincerely,

Phil Wilayto

Coordinator

Odessa Solidarity Campaign

Richmond, Virginia, USA

Message to UNAC from the Council of Mothers of May 2

June 5, 2016

Dear friends,

Council of Mothers of May 2 expresses deep appreciation to UNAC and personally Phil Wilayto, Bruce Gagnon, Regis Tremblay, Ana Edwards, Joe Lombardo, Anna Rebeil, Sara Flounders, Malachy Kilbride and the Rev. Rodney Hunter for their invaluable help and support in our work for peace, justice and fairness in Odessa (Ukraine).

We attach great importance to solidarity, which show progressive people all over the world in support of our hard struggle with the wave of radical nationalism that has swept our country in recent years. Especially worth mentioning is the courage it showed our American friends from UNAC arrived to Odessa on the second anniversary of the sad events of May 2nd.

We are confident that our joint efforts will be able to return the Ukrainian society on the path of peaceful development and to achieve the triumph of justice.

Once again – thank you for everything, dear friends of UNAC! We wish your conference fruitful work and further achievements.

Chairman of the Council of May 2 mothers

Machulko Victoria

 

Eyewitness Odessa: Anti-Fascist Resistance in Ukraine

On May 2, 2016, Odessans once again showed their great capacity for courage. Defying threats by local and national fascist organizations, thousands of city residents, accompanied by international monitors from across Europe and the United States, gathered to pay their respects to the victims of a fascist massacre and press their demand for an international investigation.

Two years before, forces supporting and opposing the right-wing coup of February 2014 had clashed in the streets of Odessa. The pro-coup side was bolstered by thousands of right-wing soccer fans, known as “ultras,” in town for a soccer match.

Not far from the clashes, activists opposed to the coup had set up a symbolic tent city in Kulikovo Pole (field, or square), promoting a referendum to decide if Ukraine should become a federation in which provinces would have a degree of control over local affairs.

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The House of Trade Unions, as seen during the second anniversary memorial of the massacre. (All photos by Phil Wilayto)

After the street clashes, the pro-coup organizations, including the neo-Nazi groups Maidan and Right Sector, whipped up the ultras to attack the tent city. An enraged mob descended on Kulikovo, setting fire to the tents and driving hundreds of “federationists” into the five-story House of Trade Unions that borders the square. The building was then set on fire. At least 46 people died from smoke inhalation, burns, gunshot wounds or from being beaten by the mob while trying to flee the building. Hundreds more were injured.

Although this massacre was recorded by multiple cellphone video cameras, with some videos clearly showing the faces of the perpetrators, to date not one person responsible for this horrific crime has been brought to justice. The problem isn’t that there haven’t been any investigations – there have been several. The latest, by a special panel of the European Council, released its report in November 2015, severely criticizing what it called the failure of Ukrainian authorities to investigate the massacre.

[German journalist and filmmaker Ulrich Heyden, whose article on the May 2 memorial appears in the current print edition of CounterPunch, has co-directed an excellent investigative documentary about the massacre: “Lauffeuer” or, in English, “Wildfire.”  It was probably this film that led to his being blocked from entering Odessa to attend the second anniversary memorial.]

The massacre of May 2, 2014, has been described as one of the worst instances of civic violence in Europe since World War II. Every week since this horrific tragedy, family members, friends and supporters of those who died, organized as the Mothers’ Council for May 2, have gathered at Kulikovo to lay flowers and remember their dead, often while being harassed by right-wing extremists. Thousands attended the first anniversary memorial on May 2, 2015.

Just a few days after this anniversary memorial, several Ukrainian activists, including three from Odessa, attended the United National Antiwar Coalition conference in Secaucus, N.J. (Organized in 2010, UNAC is a broad alliance of justice & peace organizations opposing U.S. wars abroad and supporting struggles for justice at home.) The Ukrainians brought a photo display of the massacre and spoke about the situation in Ukraine and the expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) into Eastern Europe.

Founded in 1949 with 12 member states, NATO now has 28 members, many of which were formerly part of or allied with the Soviet Union. Three states – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – border Russia, as do Ukraine and Georgia, both of which countries have been told they will eventually be able to join NATO. That would leave only Finland, which militarily cooperates with NATO, moderately-sized Belarus and the Black Sea as buffers between Russia and the NATO alliance. In other words, Russia is being systematically encircled by hostile states. That, along with the U.S.-promoted NATO missile defense system, which would give NATO a first-strike capability, is what lies at the heart of current U.S.-Russian tensions.

Later, the activists asked if UNAC would attend and help monitor the second anniversary memorial, to be held that May 2, which was being threatened by the extremist organizations. In response, UNAC began putting together a campaign to support the Mothers’ Council, starting with a statement supporting the call for an international investigation. On March 21, Victoria Machulko, president of the Mothers’ Council, spoke in Geneva, Switzerland, before the United Nations Human Rights Committee, asking again for an international investigation into the events of May 2, 2014. In her presentation she referred to the UNAC statement.

UNAC then updated that statement, calling on the governments of Ukraine, Odessa and the United States to ensure the civic rights of those attending the second anniversary memorial on May 2 in Odessa and again supporting the Mothers’ Council call for an international investigation. Within weeks, the statement had been endorsed by more than 150 human rights organizations and prominent figures from 22 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. (See:www.unacpeace.org)

On April 25, that statement, along with the list of endorsers, was delivered to the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, D.C., by Ana Edwards, representing UNAC, and Ray McGovern, a former CIA analyst and now prominent anti-war activist and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. A press conference followed. The statement and endorsers list also was sent directly to the U.S. State Department and the city government of Odessa.

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Ana Edwards, speaking, and Ray McGovern, to her left, address a press conference immediately after delivering the Solidarity Statement to the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

The following day, at a State Department daily press briefing, Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner was asked by Russian media about the May 2 memorial. Toner answered that the State Department had strongly condemned the massacre of May 2, 2014, supported holding an investigation to bring those responsible “to justice” and condemned threats being leveled against those attending the memorial.

“The most important thing to stress here is that we would obviously support any commemoration of this event … and we would certainly condemn any threats in the run-up to these events,” Toner said.

Even though the U.S. has been heavily implicated in the coup of February 2014, in which a pro-Russian president was replaced by a pro-Western one, this was an important development in terms of bringing international attention to the May 2 memorial.

Meanwhile, under pressure from Maidan and other extremist groups, Odessa’s city council sought a court order banning all gatherings at Kulikovo square from May 1 through May 10. A judge denied the request, meaning the memorial could be held, but also that other groups could gather at the same site at the same time.

Maidan informed the city council that it planned to hold a rally for the “military-patriotic education of youth” – complete with machine guns and pyrotechnics (fireworks). The court ruled that those items would not be allowed. Another organization, called the Brotherhood, called for a mass violent attack on those attending the memorial.

On the government’s part, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), the main federal anti-terrorism unit, announced that a cache of explosives had been found in Odessa and supposedly had been linked to anti-Maidan activists. Mothers’ Council President Victoria Machulko, whose apartment had already been raided by the SBU, was ordered to report for questioning at 8 o’clock on the morning of the planned memorial. She was detained until 10 that evening, forcing her to miss the memorial. Odessa authorities also announced they had received information about a bomb threat at Kulikovo and had closed the square – until midnight on May 2.

Although some 2,500 local and regional police had been mobilized to keep order during the memorial, Provincial Governor Mikheil Saakashvili, who regards Odessa Mayor Gennadiy Trukhanov as too pro-Russian, called on President Petro Poroshenko to send in the National Guard. In response, Poroshenko sent 300 troops – members of the neo-Nazi Azov Regiment that has been accused of wartime atrocities in the rebel Donetsk province. (It should be noted that last fall Trukhanov was handily re-elected as mayor by an electorate that is only 25 percent ethnic Russian. The multicultural city is about two-thirds Ukrainian, with the rest of the population made up of a range of minority groups.)

In addition to the UNAC delegation, other international monitors were scheduled to arrive from Bulgaria, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, including members of the European Parliament. Not all were allowed entry into the country. In addition to barring Ulrich Heyden, the authorities held another German journalist, Saadi Isakov, for 20 hours in an airport room with no water or bathroom facilities before sending him home. In his Counterpunch piece, Heyden also mentions Polish journalist Tomasz Maciejczuk, who he says was blocked on April 29 at the Dorogusk-Jagodin border control point. This writer can confirm the presence of observers from France, Spain and the Netherlands, as well as from the United States.

The UNAC delegation arrived on the evening of May 1: Bruce Gagnon, International Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space; Regis Tremblay, an independent filmmaker; and Phil Wilayto, editor of The Virginia Defender newspaper. Gagnon and Tremblay are members of Veterans for Peace. All three are affiliated with UNAC, with Gagnon serving on the coalition’s Coordinating Committee and Wilayto on its Administrative Committee. For whatever reasons, there were no problems at the airport.

While the UNAC delegation was in Odessa, Ana Edwards and UNAC Co-Coordinator Joe Lombardo coordinated a support team that was in constant contact with the delegation members.

Suffice to say, no one knew what would happen at the memorial itself, which was planned for 4 p.m. But early that morning thousands of Odessans began arriving at Kulikovo square, massing against the locked gates and laying flowers in memory of those who died two years before. At 4 p.m. the Mothers’ Council arrived, to the cheers of those who had come earlier. The official ceremony was marked by speeches, songs and the release of white doves and 300 black balloons. By 6 p.m., the official end of the memorial, some 3-4,000 people had visited the site.

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Throughout the day of May 2, some 3-4,000 people defied the fascists and came to Kulikovo Square to honor the memory of the 46 anti-fascists activists murdered there in 2014 and to support the Mothers’ Council demand for an international investigation.

The neo-Nazi organizations also were present. Right Sector held a demonstration that morning in downtown Odessa and then staged a march of some 75-100 members through the memorial gathering itself. Azov members and others jeered the bus carrying the mothers to the memorial, with some displaying the Nazi salute. Something hit the side of the bus, in which the UNAC delegation also was riding. But clearly a decision had been made at some higher level to let the memorial proceed without serious incident.

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These fascists and their supporters, waiting outside Kulikovo Square, have just recognized the bus carrying members of the Mothers’ Council to the memorial.

The next day, Gagnon and Tremblay stayed behind to gather more information for articles and a documentary video, while Wilayto traveled on to Brussels, where Victoria Machulko was to speak before a meeting of the European Parliament about the memorial, the ongoing situation in Odessa and the Mothers’ Council request for an international investigation.

Other speakers included Odessan Ievgen Milev, whose brother died in the House of Trade Unions fire; the German journalist Ulrich Heyden; and Wilayto, who was asked by the Mothers’ Committee to report on the memorial itself and UNAC’s support campaign. The hearing was sponsored by three progressive elected deputies from Latvia and Estonia who have been pressing for an international investigation.

While May 2 has come and gone, the danger to the activists in Odessa has not. A few days after the memorial, Rights Sector staged a recruitment march in the city. There were more threats made against anyone planning to attend the May 9 Victory Day gathering in Odessa, which marks the surrender of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union. Apparently that event came off without major incidents.

Meanwhile, Victoria Machulko’s apartment has again been raided and she was ordered to report on the morning of May 9 for a second round of questioning by the SBU. The interrogation lasted from 8 a.m. till 3 p.m., after which she was forbidden to speak in public. Her supporters fear that SBU may be planning to fabricate some kind of criminal case against her.

Organizations like Maidan, Right Sector, Azov and Bandera, named after a World War II Nazi collaborator, participated in the right-wing coup that brought a pro-Western government to power. They now have some influence in that new government and want a lot more. Centers of anti-fascist resistance like Odessa stand in their way and the fascists are determined to try and cower them into submission.

As might be expected, the Russian media has been covering these developments. As might also be expected, the Western media has not. Some segments of the European left have been issuing statements and staging solidarity actions, in London and other cities, but overall the anti-fascist struggle in Ukraine hasn’t received nearly the support it deserves.

Thanks to draconian economic “reforms” demanded by the International Monetary Fund, the majority of Ukrainians are seeing their living standards plummet. In addition to their continuing outrage about the House of Trade Unions massacre, Odessans attending the May 2 memorial also wanted to tell this writer about the cuts in their pensions and subsidies for basic services like home heating gas.

The Ukrainian government has no answer to these problems. On the contrary, under pressure from the IMF, it can only offer more austerity. As the population gets more restive, wealthy oligarchs are funding the various fascist organizations to keep dissent under control. It’s a classic case of the rise of fascism of the midst of economic crisis – and how this all plays out in Ukraine may well portend the future of Eastern and Southern Europe. Surely this deserves some coverage by the Western media.

Phil Wilayto is editor of The Virginia Defender newspaper and a member of the Administrative Committee of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC). He can be reached at: DefendersFJE@hotmail.com.

To help support the anti-fascist resistance in Odessa, please contact the Odessa Solidarity Campaign at: contact@odessasolidarity.org

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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 25 ­­ — Today Ana Edwards, representing the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), and Ray McGovern, a former CIA analyst and now prominent peace activist, delivered a Statement of Solidarity with Odessa to the Embassy of Ukraine in Washington, D.C.

The statement calls on the governments of Ukraine, the United States and the city of Odessa to ensure the civic rights of the people of Odessa to hold a memorial program this coming May 2 to mark the second anniversary of the massacre of 46 pro­federation activists in that city at the hands of right­wing extremists. The memorial is being organized by the Mothers’ Committee for May 2, comprised of family members, friends and supporters of the murdered activists.

The Solidarity Statement, signed by 139 human rights organizations and activists from 20 countries in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia, also supports the Mothers’ Committee public call for the United Nations Human Rights Committee to arrange an impartial investigation into the events of May 2, 2014. Although the attack was videoed by numerous participants and passersby, to date not one of the perpetrators has been brought to justice.

The Solidarity Statement also announced that UNAC is sending a delegation of U.S. human rights activists to monitor the May 2 memorial program in Odessa. Other delegations will be present from France, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Poland, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Israel and Sweden.

The Solidarity Statement was received by an embassy staff member on behalf of the Ukrainian ambassador. Immediately after, Edwards and McGovern held a press conference outside the embassy at which they read the solidarity statement and answered questions from reporters. Media present included Tass News Agency of Russia, RT (Russia Today) America, Channel One Russian TV and RTRTV, a Russian­language television station whose audience includes 50,000 subscribers in the New York City area. The Russian language is spoken by an estimated 171 million people in 17 countries.

While no major Western media were present, it is expected that the broad news coverage by major Russian media will put pressure on other media outlets to cover the story of the May 2 memorial, the international solidarity campaign and the international delegations that will be in Odessa on May 2 to monitor the memorial program.

Ana Edwards is a founding member of UNAC and chairs the Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project of the Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality in Richmond, Va.

Ray McGovern is a former analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), a prominent member of Veterans for Peace and Co­founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.

The United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) is a broad alliance of U.S. justice and peace organizations founded in 2010. (www.UNACpeace.org)

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April 24, 2016

Statement in support of the May 2 memorial to be held in Odessa, Ukraine, and for a United Nations investigation into the tragic events of May 2, 2014

On May 2, 2016, a memorial will be held in Odessa, Ukraine, to honor the memory of scores of pro-democracy activists who were brutally murdered on that date in Odessa two years ago.

There is no reason for the City authorities to forbid a peaceful memorial, but right-wing radicals – some of whom are believed to have been involved in the events of 2014 – have declared that they will not allow it to proceed.

The tragedy of Odessa and the continuing danger of right-wing violence in that beautiful city is of growing concern to decent-minded people around the world.

Therefore, we the undersigned representatives of human rights organizations in the United States and other countries hereby call on the governments of Odessa, Ukraine and the United States to ensure that the civic rights of those attending the May 2 memorial in Odessa will be respected, including the delegations of international monitors who will be present on that day.

We further respectfully appeal to the United Nations Human Rights Committee to initiate an international investigation into the events of May 2, 2014, as requested by family members, friends and supporters of those who died on that day.

According to widely published reports, protesters opposed to the February 2014 coup that overthrew Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych had set up a symbolic tent city in Odessa’s Kulikovo Square, in front of the five-story House of Trade Unions. On May 2, right-wing soccer fans, whipped up by pro-coup activists, attacked and burned the tent city, driving the much smaller group of protesters into the union building. The mob then set the building on fire. At least 46 people died from burns, smoke inhalation, gunfire and beatings. Many more were wounded. It was the worst case of violence in Odessa in many decades.

Ever since the massacre, representatives of the families of those who died have held weekly vigils to honor the memory of their loved ones. Many of these memorials have been harassed by pro-coup groups. As recently as April 10, a large gathering of people celebrating the liberation of Odessa from Nazi occupation was attacked by right-wing thugs. These same forces are now are threatening to physically prevent the second May 2 anniversary memorial from taking place.

At a formal meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Committee held on March 21 in Geneva, family members and their supporters asked the committee to initiate a long-overdue impartial investigation into the events of May 2, 2014. For their part, the pro-coup forces are expressing their opposition to such an investigation. This contradiction alone should make clear which side wants the truth to be revealed and which side wants it to remain hidden.

Again, we call on the United Nations to initiate the requested investigation. And we call on the governments of Odessa, Ukraine and the United States to ensure that the civic rights of those attending the May 2 memorial in Odessa are respected.

Sincerely,

Endorsers  (as of 4/24/16)

UNITED STATES

Ramsey Clark – Former U.S. Attorney General; Human Rights Activist; Cynthia McKinney, Ph.D – Former Member, U.S. Congress; 2008 Green Party U.S. Presidential Candidate; Ray McGovern – Former CIA Analyst; Co-Founder, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity; Bernadette Ellorin – Chairperson, Bayan USA; Lynne Stewart – People’s Lawyer and former political prisoner; Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos – Maine House of Representatives; Bruce Gagnon – International Coordinator, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space; Margaret Kimberley – Editor and Senior Columnist, Black Agenda Report; Joel Kovel – author; ; Joe Lombardo & Marilyn Levin – UNAC Co-coordinators; International Action Center; U.S. Peace Council; United National Antiwar Coalition 

Beth Adams – Hancock Drone Resisters, San Francisco, California; Elliott Adams – Veterans For Peace, Sharon Springs, New York; Abayomi Azikiwe – Editor, Pan-African News Wire; Organizer, MECAWI, Detroit, Michigan; Roger Batchelder – OPENER, San Diego, California *; Ajamu Baraka – North-South Project for People-Centered Human Rights; Mike Beilstein – City Councilor, Corvallis, Oregon; Judith Bello – Founding Member, Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones & End the Wars, New York; Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace – New York; Citizens Convention – Roanoke, VA; Richard Clement – Veterans For Peace Chapter 001; Judy Collins & Jim Allen – Vine & Fig Tree, Lanett, Alabama; Paul Cunningham – South Portland, Maine; William Crain – Peace and Justice *, Billings, Montana; Monica Dahiby – Women for Peace, Uppsala; Bob Dale – Veterans for Peace, Brunswick, Maine; George Dardess – Rochester Peace Action & Education *; Nicolas J.S. Davies – Author, “Blood On Our Hands: the American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq”; Jacqui Deveneau – Maine Green Independent Party, Portland, Maine; Catherine Donaghy – Western Mass TroopsOutNow! Coalition, Massachusetts; Chantal Dothey, MD – Cleveland, Ohio; Tim Duda – American Federation of Teachers, San Antonio, Texas; Nancy Eberg – Greater New Haven Peace Council *; Ana Edwards – Chair, Virginia Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project, Richmond, Virginia; Anthony Ehrlich – West Volusians for Peace & Justice, Barberville, Florida; Kristna Evans – Vintage Quaker Books, Friends Community of New England, Bath, Maine; Sara Flounders – Co-Director, International Action Center, New York, New York; Christopher and Mary Fogarty – Friends of Irish Freedom; Freedom Road Socialist Organization; Roberta Frye – Faith in Action, Unitarian Universalists of Santa Monica *, Culver City, California; Ronald Fujiyoshi – Ohara Ho’opakele, Hilo, Hawaii; Terry & Tom Fusco – Maine Progressive Party, Brunswick, Maine; Genesee Valley Citizens for Peace – Geneseo, New York; Starr C. Gilmartin – Peace & Justice of Eastern Maine, Trenton, Maine; Ernest Goitein – People for Land and Nature; Marty Goodman – Transport Workers Union Local 100, former member of executive board; Craig Gordon – The Now Age Press; Ellen Grady – Ithaca Catholic Worker, Ithaca, New York; Peter Gunther – Progressive Archivists; Danny Haiphong – Black Agenda Report; Hiroyuki Hamada – artist; Joseph F. Hancock – Los Angeles Peace Council, Los Angeles, California; Sue Harris – Peoples Video Network; David Hartsough – PEACEWORKERS, San Francisco, California; Marilyn Hoff – Peace Action, New Mexico; Rod Hojat, MD – Wouthwest Women’s Healthcare Ctr. *; Herbert J. Hoffman, Ph.D. – Albuquerque Veterans For Peace, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Joe Iosbaker – Anti-War Committee – Chicago; Connie Jenkins – Pax Christi, Maine, Orono, Maine; Mack Johnson – Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, Silverdale, Washington; Ann Joseph – United Church of Christ, Chicago, Illinois *; Tarak Kauff – Veterans for Peace *; Matt Kelly – Petersburgh, New York; Mick Kelly – Editor, Fight Back!; Ed Kinane – Upstate Drone Action, New York; Bob Kinsey – Colorado Coalition for the Prevention of Nuclear War *; Heather Koponen – Alaska Peace Center, Veterans for Peace, Fairbanks, Alaska; David Laibman – Editor, Science & Society, Brooklyn, New York; Charles Douglas Lain – Zero Books, Portland, OR; Jason Lambert – Face Valyou; Barbara Laxon – Miramar, Florida; Mickie Lynn – Women Against War *, Delmar, New York; Nina Macapinlac – BAYAN USA; Jeff Mackler – Director, Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, Oakland, California; Kevin Martin – Executive Director, Peace Action, Silver Spring, Maryland; Kat McNeal – Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality; Natasha Mayers – Union of Maine Visual Artists, Whitefield, Maine; Bernard Meyer – U.S. Fellowship of Reconciliation *; Jodda Mitchell – LUV News; Rob Mulford – Veterans For Peace, Fairbanks, Alaska; Immanuel Ness – City University of New York *; Meryl Nass MD – Ellsworth Maine; Doug Noble – Metro Justice *, Rochester; Jon Olsen – Green Party, Jefferson, Maine; Tatyana Olson – Diplomatic School, Washington D.C.; Dr. Lewis E. Patrie – Western N.N. Physicians for Social Responsibility, Asheville, North Carolina; Rosalie Paul – Greater Brunswick PeaceWorks, Maine; Patricia Patterson – Retired International Mission Executive, United Methodist Church, Claremont, California; Tina Phillips – Brunswick, Maine; Charles R. Powell – President, Veterans For Peace, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Brian Noyes Pulling, M.Div. – Minister, Social Worker,Peace& Social Justice Organizer, South Carolina; Megan Rice SHCJ – Transform Now Plowshares, Washington, D.C.; Coleen Rowley – Retired FBI agent, former Legal Counsel, Minneapolis Division, Minnesota; Kathleen Russell – NeedtoKnow; Lisa Savage – Maine Natural Guard, Solon, Maine; Adria Scharf – Richmond Peace Education Center, Richmond, Virginia; Susan Schuurman – Albuquerqui Center for Peace and Justice; Richard D. Seifert – Fairbanks Peace Center, Fairbanks, Alaska; Diane Shammas, Ph.D – Shammas Group, Laguna Beach, California; Ruth Sheridan – Anchorage, Alaska; Alice Slater – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, New York, New York; Anne Slater – President, U.S. Section of Radical Women; Gar Smith – Co-founder, Environmentalists Against War; Director, Academic Publishing, California; Jean Sommer – Peace Action, Cleveland, Ohio; Michael Springmann – “Visas for Al Qaeda: CIA Handouts That Rocked The World *, “Washington, D.C.; Mary Beth Sullivan – Greater Brunswick PeaceWorks, Bath, Maine; David Swanson – Director, WorldBeyondWar.org; Author, “War Is A Lie,” Charlottesville, Virginia; George Szamuely – Global Policy Institute, London Metropolitan University; Wil Van Natta – Reality News Radio, Riviera Beach, Florida; Mazeda Akter Uddin – SouthAsian Fund for Education, Scholarship * Training; Virginia People’s Assembly for Jobs, Peace & Justice – Virginia; Steve Wagner – Lake Merritt Neighbors Organized for Peace *, Oakland, California; Karen Wainberg – Great Brunswick PeaceWorks, Maine; William H. Warrick III, MD – Veterans for Peace, Gainesville, Florida; Dave Welsh – Delegate, San Francisco Labor Council, San Francisco, California; Phil Wilayto – Editor, The Virginia Defender, Richmond, Virginia; Julia Williams – Green Party of Michigan; Johnny E. Williams – Trinity College *; Mike Wisniewski – Los Angeles Catholic Worker, California; Rowan Wolf – Uncommon Thought Journal, Portland, Oregon; Kristina Wolff – Veterans for Peace, Maine; Women Against Military Madness (WAMM) – Minneapolis, Minnesota; Russell Wray – Citizens Opposing Active Sonar Threats (COAST), Hancock, Maine; Sandra Yeager – Millersville University *, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

AUSTRIA

Christl Meyer – Amnesty International *, Vienna

Australia

Dr. Ronald F. Price, OAM –La Trobe University, Emeritus Scholar *; Melbourne Radical Women

CANADA

Tamara Lorincz – Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, Saanichton, British Columbia; Hamilton Coalition To Stop The War – Hamilton; Roza Husseini – Student of PACE at University of Winnipeg, Manitoba; Rev.  Wm. J. Hutton – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Amir M. Maasoumi – Palestinians & Jews United for Peace & Against Occupation (PAJU), Montreal, Quebec; Mobilization Against War & Occupation (MAWO) – Vancouver, British Columbia; Nicolas Royer-Artuso – Laval University *, Montreal, Quebec; Marguerite Warner – Peace Alliance Winnipeg, Manitoba; Doug Lang – Vancouver Co-Operative Radio, Vancouver

CZECH REPUBLIC

Vaclav Exner – KSČM, Alterantiva zdola, Praha

FINLAND

Ernst Mecke, Ph.D. – Helsinki, Finland

FRANCE

Csizmazia Alexis – Université Paris Est Creteil, Paris; Arlette Cavillon – Mouvement de la Paix *; Oranus Ravar – Aix-en-Provence; Guenter Schenk – CJACP, Strasbourg

GERMANY

Judith Dellheim – Zukunftskonvent, Berlin; Dr. Henry Stahl – Bund für Soziale Verteidigung, Eschwege, Hessen;

INDIA

Narayana Rao – All India Peace & Solidarity Organization, Nagpur

IRELAND

John Kelly – Mullingar, County Westmeath; June Kelly – County Westmeath; Paul O’Brien – People Against War Network; Trevor Joyce – Aosdana Cork; Margaretta D’Arcy – WIMA

ITALY

Arrigo Colombo – Movimento per la società di giustizia, Lecce, Puglia; U.S. Citizens Against War – Florence; Aldo Bernardini – Partito Comunista, Italia, Rome; Anna Farkas – U.S. Citizens for Peace & Justice – Rome

JAPAN

Yasuaki – Matsumoto *, Japan; Akira Asada – Takarzuka, Hyougo, Japan; Kouichi Toyoshima – The Janan Scientists\ Association, Fukuoka branch

Lebanon

Mohamad Safa – Khiam Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture

Malaysia

Dr. Chandra Muzaffar – President, International Movement for a Just World

MEXICO

Ethelia Ruiz Medrano – National Institute of Anthropology and History, Mexico *, Mexico

NETHERLANDS

Khalid Ahmed Chaudry – Ambassador & Deputy Chairman, Supreme Council of the International Human Rights Commission *, The Hague

SOUTH AFRICA

Dewald Wilhelm Scholtz – Pretoria, Gauteng Province

SOUTH KOREA

Choi Sung-Hee – Gangjeong Village International Team, Jeju Island; Regina Pyon Yeon-shik – Korean House for International Solidarity, Seoul

SWITZERLAND

Oriane Peschoux – UN, Geneva

NIGERIA

Purpose Osamwony – Smiles Africa International

NEW ZEALAND

Julie Webb-Pullman – Independent Journalist and Activist; Kay Weir – Editor, Pacific Ecologist, Pacific Institute of Resource Management, Wellington; Wellington Zapatista Support Group

RUSSIA

Alexander Ionov & Anastasia Promskaya – The Anti-Globalization Movement of Russia

SWEDEN

Agneta Norberg – Swedish Peace Council, Stockholm; Einar Schlereth – Retired Journalist / Translator / Writer, Klavreström, Kronoberg; Aaron Tovish – Executive Adviser, Mayors for Peace, Stockholm; Agneta Norberg – Chair, Swedish Peace Council; Aaron Tovish – “Cities are not targets!” Project of Mayors for Peace

UNITED KINGDOM

Allen L. Jasson – RightOfChoice.com, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire; John Pilger – Two-time winner of Britain’s Journalist of the Year Award; Angie Zelter – Reforest the Earth; Giles Shorter – CP (M-L) of Great Britain; Susan Morris – Glasgow, Scotland

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And more…

This statement was initiated by the United National Antiwar Coalition (www.UNACpeace.org), a broad coalition of peace and justice organizations in the United States. UNAC encourages the circulation of this petition among human rights organizations all over the world. Please send all new endorsements to: UNAC, PO Box 123, Delmar, NY 12054 USA; Email: UNACpeace@gmail.com

 

“You are at the UN meeting. Not in your jungle”

 Fact.International  – March 21, 2016

“A conference ‘Ukraine: Maidan, ODESSA – two years later’ was held today in Geneva. It took place in the UN in Palais des Nations. Mr. Amir Forotan, director of the Human Rights Agency, moderated event. The conference turned to be a new field of confrontation between the Ukrainian pro-coup activists and their opponents and victims.”

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