The European Foundation of Human Rights (EFHR) has been following the increasingly dramatic events in Ukraine with considerable anxiety. We wish to express the deepest concern about the escalation of violence which has already cost many human lives.
The EFHR is firmly against violent responses to peaceful protest. The authorities ought to serve the people and act for the common good. They must not persecute citizens involved in peaceful demonstrations, as this is undisputedly a case of violation of human rights and freedoms.
We express our solidarity with the Ukrainians and call on the state authorities to halt in its repression of the people, who should have a guaranteed right to make decisions about the future of their own country. We also invite readers to offer financial support to the fighters of Maidan.
The duty of every state is to find a peaceful solution to its internal conflicts, but this has not yet happened in Ukraine. We sincerely hope that society and the authorities will soon reach a compromise. The EFHR is ready to provide the victims with free legal advice in cases brought before the European Court of Human Rights.
Translated by Natalia Kosecka within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.