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    All-Ukraine Euromaidan Forum Adopted Historical Decisions despite Violence and Government Pressure

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12 January 2014
    Maidan Monitoring Information Center
    Web: world.maidanua.org
    Twitter: @sitemaidan_eng
    Email: panimaidan@gmail.com
    Kiev Phone Number: +38 (044) 281-24-71
    USA Phone Number: +1 (202) 421-6172

     

    All-Ukraine Euromaidan Forum Adopted Historical Decisions despite Violence and Government Pressure

     

    Kharkiv, Ukraine: Ninety seven delegates from twenty one regions (oblasts) of Ukraine and Crimea, who participated in the first All-Ukraine Euromaidan Forum taking place in this city, passed final resolutions on 12 January 2014. They met for their closing session in the overcrowded offices of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group, with electricity switched off, apparently by authorities. The Forum approved its resolutions by unanimous vote or by overwhelming majority. All resolutions were developed the previous day in seven workgroups. Taken together, the Forum’s final resolutions lay out strategic goals and tactical objectives for the euromaidan movement.

     

    The resolutions addressed coordination issues. Delegates agreed that the Forum, including its workgroups, should continue to exist as a nationwide communication platform for all euromaidans, but without creating a new formal organization. It was decided that the coordination workgroup should develop a mechanism for horizontal coordination between euromaidans.

     

    The Forum also approved a new joint defense strategy, a transparent and secure budgeting mechanism, a plan for artistic cooperation between cities, a joint information strategy and a civic education plan designed to increase the number of euromaidan activists. In addition, the Forum approved a strategy for spreading euromaidan ideas outside of the protest movement as a top priority.

     

    On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Taras Shevchenko’s birth, the Forum approved a plan to incorporate events commemorating Taras Shevchenko into all euromaidans events this year.

     

    The Forum approved its rules of representation. One newly approved rule is that Forum delegates can represent the Forum only in accordance with resolutions adopted by the Forum.

     

    The Forum has managed to adopt its resolutions despite facing serious hardships. All conference halls in Kharkiv refused to host the Forum under pressure from the government. A group of bandits disrupted one workgroup’s proceedings by physically assaulting a volunteer security guart, forcing their way into a bookstore where the meeting was taking place and using pepper spray. The church where the opening plenary session was held was also attacked by thugs until police chased them off.

     

    The Forum decided not to form a national leadership body. It was decided that the workgroups will continue to operate until the next Forum meeting. Forum participants have not picked a specific date for their next meeting, but there was a determination to meet again soon.

     

    Delegates warmly thanked the organizers from Euromaidan Kharkiv and called them “heroes”.

     

    The second plenary session where the decisions were voted was streamed on YouTube. A recording of these proceedings is available at

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyhr_RoT6hc

     

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    The website of the Maidan Monitoring Information Center where these announcements are normally posted is under continued Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. Therefore, please spread this message in any way you can.

     

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    Maidan Monitoring Information Center is a non-governmental not-for-profit organization founded in Kharkiv, Ukraine, in 2012. The Center’s mission is to defend civil rights; promote civic activism, democracy and the rule of law; support the development of civil society; facilitate dialog between government, NGO and business representatives; enable greater public access to information on constitutional rights and freedoms; and improve citizens’ participation in the governance of their country. More information about the All-Ukraine Euromaidan Forum in English is at http://world.maidanua.org/all-ukraine-euromaidan-forum and the Ukrainian language version of the page is at http://maidanua.org/pershyj-vseukrajinskyj-forum-evromajdaniv/

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