Self-defence is no offence campaign in Ukraine – international support needed

Olaolu Sunkanmi Femi, a Nigerian student studying in Taras Shevchenko Lugansk National University, had been attacked because of his skin color by a group of local youth, and tried to defend himself and his friend. He managed to resist the attackers with a broken bottle, inflicting only light injuries (and this has been proven by official assessment) – several skin cuts, with no grave consequences. But he is charged now with attempted murder and hooliganism, which means he might spend 10 years to life behind bars in Ukraine. Mother of one of the attackers, by “coincidence”, works as a criminal police investigation officer in the police station which investigated the incident.

Background information can be found here and here.

Sign the online-petition here.

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