Joint Statement from MASI and the uOttawa Chair of Ukrainian Studies

Statement of Concern and Support for the Ukrainian Catholic University

by the Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies
and the Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Ottawa

 December 20, 2013

 The Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christians at Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada, and the Chair of Ukrainian Studies of the University of Ottawa are profoundly concerned by reports of government intimidation of students and staff at the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU ) in Lviv, Ukraine. The Ukrainian Catholic University has always worked to foster the common good. It has demonstrated zeal for integrity and transparency in civic institutions. During this time of turmoil in Ukraine, UCU’s leadership and students are among those who have consistently shown restraint and respect, and promoted a peaceful and prayerful approach to the resolution of conflicts in Ukraine. Certainly democracy is well served by such citizens.

Any hint of intimidation by Ukrainian security forces is profoundly disconcerting to all who work for academic freedom and integrity in any country. Civil society can only be strong and healthy where academic institutions are free from illegitimate external pressure and influence. We call upon the government of Ukraine to respect the civil liberties of the staff and students of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, as well as the civil liberties of all Ukrainians.

Available as a .pdf here: Statement of Concern and Support for the Ukrainian Catholic University