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Open Letter from Scholars and Experts on Ukraine Re. the So-Called "Anti-Communist Law"

To the President of Ukraine, Petro O. Poroshenko, and to the Chairman of Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada, Volodymyr B. Hroysman:

We, the undersigned, appeal to you not to sign into law the draft laws (no. 2538-1 and 2558)1 adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on April 9, 2015. As scholars and experts long committed to Ukraine’s regeneration and freedom, we regard these laws with the deepest foreboding.  Their content and spirit contradicts one of the most fundamental political rights: the right to freedom of speech. Their adoption would raise serious questions about Ukraine’s commitment to the principles of the Council of Europe and the OSCE, along with a number of treaties and solemn declarations adopted since Ukraine regained its independence in 1991. Their impact on Ukraine’s image and reputation in Europe and North America would be profound.  Not least of all, the laws would provide comfort and support to those who seek to enfeeble and divide Ukraine.

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Hungary's far-right Jobbik party wins key seat

The far-right Jobbik party in Hungary has won its first ever individual constituency seat in parliament.

It took the Tapolca seat with a majority of just under 300 votes.

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France's far-right Le Pen splits publicly with father in political family feud

The bitter feud between the leader of France's far-right National Front (FN), Marine Le Pen, and her father, the founder of the party, came to the foreground on Wednesday as the younger Le Pen openly split from 86-year-old Jean-Marie.

Marine Le Pen, who has steered the party to electoral successes since taking over leadership of the party in 2011, accused her father of sabotaging FN's efforts to move into the political mainstream.

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Swedish government to invest in anti-racism centre

The Swedish government will invest five million kronor ($566,000) this year in a national centre on racism and violent extremism at the University of Gothenburg.

Knowledge is the most effective tool we have against racism, according to Sweden’s Culture and Democracy Minister Alice Bah Kuhnke, who announced the initiative.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 12 April 2015 19:12

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Justice Minister Maas: Arson on Tröglitz refugee home 'shameful'

The town of Tröglitz, which lies roughly 40 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of Leipzig, has drawn national media attention in Germany in recent weeks as a far-right wing group's campaign to keep out asylum seekers divides its local population.

In early March, the town's mayor, Markus Nierth, resigned after neo-Nazis opposed to the local government's decision to take in 40 refugees planned a protest directly outside of his home.

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