Jobbik objects to the positive commemoration of genocide in Ukraine
Jobbik objects to the decision of Ukraine's Parliament on April 9 to pass a bill legalizing the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) as a fighter for Ukrainian independence in the 20th century. Pursuant to the new law, the UPA, which operated during World War II and beyond, will be entitled to the status of fighter for the independence of Ukraine, and the public denial of it as such will be a criminal offence from now on.
Between 1943 and 1947, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army conducted a genocide in Volhynia and Eastern Galicia, with over 100 000 Polish victims. UPA's goal was to create a state exclusively populated by Ukrainians by way of ethnic cleansing of Hungarians, Poles, Ruthenians, Russians and Romanians living in Western Ukraine at the time.
Jobbik believes that building a national identity on such basis and the positive commemoration of these events at state level poses a threat to the security of Ukraine's neighbours as well as the ethnic minorities living in Ukraine. If the Ukrainian state legalizes the methods used by the UPA, what would prevent similar atrocities from being repeated in the future?
Jobbik requests the governments of Ukraine's neighbours, with special regard to the Government of Hungary, to express their objection to the latest manifestation of Ukraine's state-induced Chauvinism. We call upon our government to take measures in order to protect the human rights of Ukraine's ethnic minorities and to demand a supposedly democratic Ukraine to guarantee the political, cultural and educational autonomy for these minorities. Such action is imperative at a time when Ukraine's government and legislation unanimously are elevating mass murderers to national hero status even though they were responsible for the deaths of ten thousands of people.
At the same time, we address Ukrainian legislators and ask them to reconsider the consequences of their decision. How will the Ukrainian state observe the human rights of hundred thousands of Hungarians, Poles, Ruthenians, Russians and Romanians, as individuals and as a community, if Ukraine's legislative body enacts a law to protect and glorify the people who murdered the ancestors of the above communities?
Jobbik Movement for a Better Hungary will closely monitor each and every consequence of this law, regardless which ethnic minority they may impact, and shall immediately inform the Hungarian and the international public of any wrongdoing committed by the Kiev Government against its own ethnic minorities.
Deputy leader of Jobbik's Parliamentary Group