In this letter, the UWC noted that Ukraine began chairing the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 11 May 2011, and that it will chair the OSCE in 2013. The UWC stressed that it is imperative that such institutions be chaired by states that espouse and aspire to Europe’s vision of society based on the principles of democracy. The UWC pointed out that fundamental pan-European ideals have been forged through Europe’s common history, especially in the 20th century. They include freedom, the rule of law, respect for human rights and, as a consequence, the rejection of totalitarian regimes, both past and present.
In view of Ukraine’s important symbolic role as the current chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and future chair of the OSCE, and given Europe’s fundamental opposition to totalitarianism as reflected in the aforementioned declarations and resolutions, the UWC urged the European community to demand that the Ukrainian government authorities immediately condemn all forms of glorification of Stalinism and cease promoting symbols of the Communist totalitarian regime. Any action short of this would undermine the well-established policies and principles of the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and the OSCE aimed at denouncing all forms of past totalitarianism and combating any kind of neo-totalitarianism.
“The UWC calls upon all of its member organizations to support its appeal to the European community and to jointly demand that the current Ukrainian government authorities condemn the intolerable actions which glorify Stalinism and promote symbols of the Communist totalitarian regime,” stated UWC President Eugene Czolij.
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