December 11, 2013
Kyiv Mohyla Academy congratulates all the students,
rectors and universities of Ukraine who supported the EuroMaidan!
Thank you for your solidarity and support!
Kyiv Mohyla Academy students called upon all students of Ukraine’s universities to protest against President Yanukovych’s refusal to sign the EU Association Agreement, to join the EuroMaidan and condemn of the violence used by government forces against peaceful demonstrators. NaUKMA students and their faculty and administration played key roles as speakers and participants. NaUKMA established legal services at Kyiv Mohyla Law School, and opened its facilities for a student press center and assistance to out of town students.
The university issued a statement in support of the EuroMaidan, condemning the violence against the students and protestors, calling for a European course in Ukraine’s policies and values, for the government’s respect of the will of the people, and in defense of human rights, freedom of speech and assembly.
Serhiy Kvit, president of National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy, joined students and faculty members. He stated, “We believe that Ukraine should sign the EU Association Agreement. It is important for our country, and for higher education. We condemn the use of violence against peaceful demonstrators, and any retaliation against students who joined the protest.”
Within days, the government launched an investigation and review of Kyiv Mohyla Academy’s academic process and resources. The investigation lasted one day, but three more government inquiries took place during the following week. No violations were found or issued. Such investigations are a clear sign of harassment by the government.
Vyacheslav Bryukhovetsky, honorary president of the university, sent a message to students, “You proved that Ukraine has talent and courage, that Ukraine is beautiful and life-giving, wise and intelligent, because Ukraine is seen with the image of your faces. The government is corrupt and cowardly. They will try to deceive you and the entire world. But they will not succeed. Because Ukraine’s future is in Europe, and your hands. We will be victorious!”
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