Free Ukrainian Political Prisoners
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Through your support and action through this Change.org petition, we have gained the attention of the Government of Canada!
We've been invited to create an official petition to be considered by the House of Commons, and have been sponsored by the Edmonton-Strathcona MP Linda Duncan.
Just ONE more step: we need you to sign the official Government of Canada petition. The petition needs 500 signatures to receive its final certification and to be tabled in parliament.
Official Government of Canada Petition Found HERE:
PLEASE take a moment to sign this petition again in support of Kremlin political prisoners, including filmmaker Oleg Sentsov who has been on hunger strike since May, and share the link with your networks. Timing is critical, as the condition of the hunger strikers continues to decline.
And THANK YOU for making a difference in our world.
Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada Chrystia Freeland P.C. M.P.
CANADA MUST NOT ALLOW UKRAINIAN HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS TO DIE
Three Ukrainian activists are risking their lives to protest the illegal imprisonment of Ukrainian nationals by Russian authorities. All three are in critical health after staging lengthy hunger strikes of three months or more to demand the release of 65 Ukrainian political prisoners held in Russia and Crimea. The hunger strikers include Oleh Sentsov, 43, a prominent filmmaker and an outspoken critic of Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Sentsov was arrested in Crimea in 2014 and sentenced to 20 years on trumped-up charges of terrorism. Pro-Ukraine activists Oleksandr Shumko, 28, and Volodymyr Balukh, 47, were also arrested in Crimea and jailed for their public opposition to the Russian occupation. Their situation has become desperately urgent as Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government have refused to heed international appeals for their release.
To date Canada has acknowledged and condemned the Russian government for their actions. But the government has not taken direct action against Russian authorities responsible for the illegal detention and the flagrant violation of the human rights of these three protesters and other Ukrainian nationals. This is despite the fact that less than a year ago, the federal government passed the Justice for Victims of Foreign Corrupt Officials Act (Magnitsky Act) that allows it to take restrictive measures against “foreign nationals responsible for gross violations of the internationally recognized human rights.” Canada must show that its defence of international human rights is more than just lip service. The clock is ticking. Oleh Sentsov, Oleksandr Shumko and Volodymyr Balukh must not be allowed to die in vain.
We call on the Canadian Government to demand the immediate release of Sentsov, Shumko and Balukh and other Ukrainian political prisoners detained illegally by the Russian government and to employ all possible economic and diplomatic sanctions, including measures outlined in the Magnitsky Act, to secure their freedom.
Please feel free to sign this change.org petition but please also consider signing the official Government of Canada petition, which will be tabled in the House of Commons once it receives 500 signautres:
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