Nations Coordinator in Ukraine Francis O'Donnell thanked President Viktor
Yushchenko for his initiative to convene events at the high international level
on occasion of the 65th anniversary of the Babyn Yar tragedy.
By way of
speaking at the International Forum "Let My People Live!" in Kyiv on
Wednesday, Mr O'Donnell paid attention of those present that manifestations of
xenophobia and intolerance have not been yet rooted out in many countries. Today,
he said, many people in the world suffer persecutions, cruel treatment for
religious, national or other attributes. "We know that in some countries
Jews are living with fear for their safety and freedom, Muslims are attacked. Many
politicians in different countries gain victories in elections for their
anti-migration rhetoric. These manifestations, intolerant treatment toward
people and their daily humiliation must disturb us and incite to active
actions," he said.
O'Donnell said UN spares no effort to protect human rights in the world. In
that context he urged leaders of state and international organizations to
promote principles of tolerance in relationships among the nations and peoples.