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OPEN LETTER FROM STUDENTS OF CENTRAL EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY (BUDAPEST, HUNGARY) TO THE PRESIDENT AND GOVERNMENT OF UKRAINE

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OPEN LETTER FROM STUDENTS OF CENTRAL EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY (BUDAPEST, HUNGARY) TO THE PRESIDENT AND GOVERNMENT OF UKRAINE

Dear Mr. President and Ministers of the Ukrainian Government,

We are citizens of different countries who are deeply concerned with the current political crisis in
Ukraine. According to the latest Ukrainian and international media report, over 200 people were
arrested after mass protests that took place in Kyiv on March 9th, 2001. As media reports stated, many of the arrested were students who did not take part in the street protests. The reports further indicate that in making arrests the police used brutal methods, people were beaten and forced to sign false allegations against themselves, and had no access to legal counsel. We are concerned that as of March 12th over 60 people are still imprisoned.

We, the undersigned, demand from the president and the government of Ukraine to respect basic human rights. We demand to release immediately all students imprisoned on March, 9th. We demand that all reports of police brutality be investigated immediately and transparently. If, as it is reported, some students face dismissal from their universities for political reasons, we demand to re-instate such students and investigate unethical dismissals.

Sincerely,

David Svoboda, Czech Republic
Lidija Zivcic, Slovenia
Cristian Branea, Romania
Ioana Bunescu, Romania
Kristina Strukanska, Bulgaria
Pavel Babic, Slovakia
Csaba Andor, Hungary
Oleksiy Omelyanchuk, Ukraine
Andrea Boykowycz, USA
Andras Szigeti, Hungary
Petr Roubal, Czech Republic
Zoltan Vass, Hungary
Taras Slobodyanyuk, Ukraine
Vitaliy Levchuk, Ukraine
Maria Raluca Popa, Romania
Dana Kohacova, Slovakia
Ines Matijevic, Yugoslavia
Igor Ustyuzhyn, Ukraine
Ignas Jonynas, Lithuania
Tatiana Konioukhova, Russia
Ceren Cenker, Turkey
Vandrovych Vitaliy, Ukraine
Roxana Cheschebec, Romania
Wioletta Agnieszka Szymanska, Poland
Zoltan Koller, USA
Anca Gheaus, Romania
Tanel Tang, Estonia
Willen Lipatov, Russia
Yevgen Groza, Ukraine
Sandra Beatrice Bitere, Romania
Ekaterina Douplenskaia, Russia
Nataliya Shkryada, Ukraine
Nelya Koteyko, Ukraine
Andriy Tkachenko, Ukraine
Mikhail Dorofeev, Russia
Marko Hajdinjak, Slovenia
Dragos Petre, Romania
Rita Szudoczky, Hungary
Mircea Cojocaru, Moldova
Ostap Sereda, Ukraine
Timour Kozyrev, Russia
Tetiana Zharko, the Ukrainian in France (not a student of Central European University)


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