Lugansk Komsomol leader speaks at OSCE/ODIHR conference to break information blockade

September 29: The leader of the Lugansk Young Communist League took part in the annual conference of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), affiliated with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which began its work on September 19, 2016.

Anna Brekhova

The journalist for “Comments” and well-known Lugansk youth activist Anna Brekhova told conference participants what civilians of the Lugansk People’s Republic experienced when they came under shelling during the active phase of hostilities in the Donbass. She also drew the attention of the panelists to the difficult conditions of life for internally displaced persons who fled the territory of Donbass.

“Today, our republic faces an information blockade. The world does not know the whole truth about the suffering of our people. And this is one of the factors that prevent the speedy implementation of the Minsk agreements. That is why events such as the conference of the OSCE/ODIHR are very important to us today. In fact, our first priority for international work is non-governmental civic initiatives,” Brekhova commented on the event.

Recall that the OSCE/ODIHR conference, which runs for two weeks, will be attended by about 1,300 representatives of 57 member countries of the organization, partner countries, OSCE bodies, international organizations and civil society representatives. The conference was also attended by foreign ministers of Poland and Germany, the President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, and the Director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. During the two-week conference, participants discussed issues of human rights around the world, issues of violation of freedom of speech, the possibility of preventing racial, national and ethnic discrimination, etc.

Participation of a representative of the Lugansk People’s Republic at the OSCE/ODIHR conference was made possible thanks to the work of the International Media Center of AIS Forum (Antifascism, Internationalism, Solidarity) and support from the “Historical Memory” fund.


Translated by Greg Butterfield

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