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Update: Drop all charges against Vadim Shebanov – please sign the new petition.

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Vadim Shebanov, a member of Friends of the Earth Ukraine, was arrested following a peaceful protest in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine on January 26.

Update: There’s good news and bad news. The good news is that Vadim has  been released from prison. The bad news is that he is still being detained under house arrest on charges of causing a mass disturbance (he didn’t). Friends of the Earth Ukraine told us that they are certain the pressure from the international community (that’s you!) helped. Thanks for this. We have to ask you for just a little more support now. We’re asking the Ukrainian authorities to drop all charges against Vadim immediately. Please add your signature to this petition.

We believe that peaceful protest and activism are vital to challenging the status quo and protecting our environment. Where peaceful protest is banned or curtailed the consequences for the environment can be disastorous.

Thanks for your continuing support and solidarity.

In solidarity,

Jagoda Munic
Chair of Friends of the Earth International

 

Previous petition.

Peaceful protestors in Ukraine have suffered violence, harassment and abuse at the hands of their own police force in recent months. Vadim Shebanov, a member of Friends of the Earth Ukraine/ Zelenyi Svit, was arrested following a peaceful protest in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine on January 26th.

FoE International Act NowPlease help us put pressure on the Ukrainian authorities to release Vadim immediately.

Roughly five thousand people demonstrated at the city’s park on Sunday January 26, before moving to Dnipropetrovsk Regional Administration. The demonstrators were calling for the repeal of recent anti-democratic legislative amendments.

Three people, including Vadim Shebanov, were nominated to negotiate on behalf of the protestors. They discussed their demands with Vice-Chair of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Administration, Mr. Krupsky. Among their demands was a request to improve the security situation, which had been getting out of hand. Unfortunately, police arrested peaceful activists including Vadim Shebanov instead. He was detained by police and sentenced to two months pre-trial detention in the same night.

Vadim Shebanov is a well-known Dnipropetrovsk activist, member of Friends of the Earth Ukraine/ Zelenyi Svit, chair of a sports associations, public activist and former deputy of Dnipropetrovsk regional council.

Please help us put pressure on the Ukrainian authorities to release Vadim immediately.

In solidarity,

Jagoda Munic
Chair of Friends of the Earth International

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