STATEMENT OF UKRAINIAN CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS ON DRAFT LAWS ON LOBBYING

Currently, four draft laws are under consideration by the Specialized Parliamentary Committee on Legal Policy. They are aimed at establishing legislative regulation of lobbying activities in Ukraine: Draft Laws No. 3059, 3059-1, 3059-2, 3059-3. 

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVING UKRAINE’S LAW ON LOBBYING

The European Commission recommends that the EU Council opens accession negotiations with Ukraine. The talks should formally be launched once Kyiv has satisfied the remaining conditions related to stepping up fight against corruption, adopting a law on lobbying in line with EU standards and strengthening national minority safeguards.

IN THE WORDS OF QUEEN RANIA AL ABDULLAH OF JORDAN

"Supporting the protection of Palestinian lives does not equal being anti-Semitic or pro-terrorism. Let me be very, very clear. Being pro-Palestinian is not being anti-Semitic, being pro-Palestinian does not mean you’re pro-Hamas or pro-terrorism. What we’ve seen in recent years is the charge of antisemitism being weaponized in order to silence any criticism of Israel. I want to absolutely and wholeheartedly condemn antisemitism and Islamophobia…but I also want to remind everyone that Israel does not represent all the Jewish people around the world.

REFLECTING ON ISRAEL'S 2014 GAZA STRIP INVASION

The real objective behind the Gaza invasion in 2014 was two-fold. It was aimed at destroying Palestinian unity and deflecting US pressure to negotiate with the Palestinians.

RISK OF REGIONAL SPILLOVER OF THE ISRAEL-HAMAS CONFLICT

There is already spillover. Israel and Hezbollah are firing on each other's positions in the northern border with Lebanon. In addition to the thousands of Palestinians killed and wounded in Gaza, dozens more have been killed by settlers and Israeli forces in the West Bank. U. S. forces in Iraq and Syria have come under attack, and the United States has ordered all non-emergency personnel to leave Iraq. Iranian backed Houthi forces in Yemen fired missiles, apparently aimed at Israel.

WAR CRIMES, CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY, GENOCIDE

War crimes

According to the UN, a war crime is an illegal action or set of actions that violate international humanitarian law, which is designed to protect civilians.

MILITANT AND TERRORIST GROUPS INVOLVED IN THE OCTOBER 7 ATTACK ON ISRAEL

  1. Hamas: While Hamas took the lead in launching the initial assault, there is evidence that numerous other militant and terrorist groups worked in concert with Hamas, which continues to shape the trajectory of the ongoing conflict.
  2. Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades: Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades is the militant wing of the terrorist organization Hamas. It has been designated as a terrorist organization by several countries, including the United States, Israel, and the European Union. 

ISRAEL’S SUPPORTERS, ADVERSARIES AND THOSE TREADING A FINE LINE

Supporters

84 countries have released statements of support for Israel

  1. United States
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Australia
  4. France
  5. Norway
  6. Germany
  7. Italy
  8. India
  9. Canada
  10. Poland
  11. Micronesia
  12. Marshall Islands
  13. Hungary
  14. Czech Republic
  15. New Zealand
  16. Ireland
  17. European Union

Adversaries

SAVING LIVES IN GAZA

People in Gaza must be afforded save access to essential supplies like food and water and health facilities. Essential humanitarian supplies like medicine, medical equipment, food, fuel, and water must be allowed to enter the Gazan enclave. To facilitate this, Rafah border crossing with Egypt must be opened and bombings on the crossing point must cease.

GAZA HUMANITARIAN SITUATION DETERIORATING

Source: Euro-Med Rights Monitor

Israel has imposed a complete closure on the Gaza Strip, which covers an area of approximately 365 square kilometers and is inhabited by around 2.3 million civilians.

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