“Today we are experiencing a new, perhaps decisive battle between freedom and tyranny, between humanism and political sadism. Ukrainians are fighting with arms in their hands, and the world must support them, shoulder to shoulder.” – Appeal of the First December Initiative, a group of Ukrainian human rights activists and intellectuals, including dissidents of the Soviet regime.
The “1st December Initiative Group” is a group by prominent Ukrainian human rights defenders and intellectuals. It was created on 1st December, 2011, on the 20th anniversary of referendum for Ukraine’s independence in 1991. At that time, it addressed Ukrainian society with the “The Charter of Free People”, an influential document defending human rights and fundamental freedoms, as well as Ukraine’s democracy. Since then, the Group has been active in defending Ukrainian sovereignty, territorial integrity and democracy.