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Editor’s Note: The following article won signatures of support from Andre Glucksmann, a philosopher and essayist; Vaclav Havel, who was president of the Czech Republic; Michael Novak, a Roman Catholic theologian; Yohei Sasakawa, president of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation; Karel Schwarzenberg, foreign minister of the Czech Republic; Desmond Tutu, archbishop emeritus of Cape Town and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate; Richard von Weizsecker, former president of the Federal Republic of Germany; Grigory Yavlinsky, chairman of the Russian United Democratic Party Yabloko; H.R.H. El Hassan Bin Talal, chairman of the West Asia-North Africa Forum; and the Dalai Lama. All signatories are members of the Shared Concern Initiative.

PRAGUE – Since the election of President Viktor Yanukovych in 2010, Ukraine has experienced a significant and alarming deterioration in its democratic framework.

Fundamental tenets of a democratic society, such as freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and freedom of the press are increasingly coming under pressure.

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