End the kidnapping, imprisonment and violence against mayors, local government representatives in Ukraine

Enerhodar, 20 March. Protest against the abduction of the deputy mayor, Ivan Samoidiuk

We, elected mayors and other local government representatives, condemn the reign of terror in areas of Ukraine occupied by the Russian army. We demand an end to the use of kidnapping, arbitrary imprisonment and other violence against mayors, local government representatives, journalists, civic activists and other civilians.

We condemn attempts by the Russian army and security services to destroy elected local government structures and replace them with their own appointees. We declare  our solidarity with those who resist such blows against democracy, freedom of representation and freedom of speech.

We call on the United Nations, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and other international bodies urgently to protest to the Russian government.  

To the best of our ability, we will take the following actions, and we appeal to mayors and local government representatives here in the UK, and in other countries, to join us:

1. To record all cases of human rights abuses against mayors and local government representatives in areas of Ukraine occupied by Russian forces.

2. To offer material and legal support to mayors and local government representatives whose human rights are abused.

3. To campaign internationally in support of Ukrainian mayors and local government representatives whose human rights are abused, and publicise each and every breach of human rights and attack on democracy.

Siân Berry, London Assembly member, Greens
Jo Bird, Councillor for Bromborough, Wirral, Greens
Joanne Calvert, Councillor for Old Swan, Liverpool
Alison Clarke, Councillor for Knotty Ash, Liverpool, Labour
Emily Clarke, Councillor for Lewes Castle Ward, Lewes Town Council, Labour
Jan Davis, Councillor for Brundall, Broadland, Norfolk, Green Party
Maureen Delahunty-Kehoe, Councillor for County, Liverpool, Labour
Lucy Galvin, Norwich City Council, Green group leader
Osh Gantly, Councillor for Highbury East, London Borough of Islington, Labour
Alan Gibbons, Councillor for Warbreck, Liverpool, Labour
Emily Gleaves, Councillor for Birkenhead and Tranmere
Sam Gorst, Councillor for Cressington, Liverpool, independent
Alfie Hincks, Councillor for Everton, Liverpool, Labour
Richard Kemp CBE, Leader, Liverpool Liberal Democrats
Barry Kushner, Councillor for Norris Green, Liverpool, Labour
Sue Lukes, Councillor for Highbury East, London Borough of Islington, Labour
Paul Neale, Norfolk County Councillor, Greens

Simon Pearson, Councillor for Swiss Cottage, London Borough of Camden
Zack Polanski, London Assembly member, Greens
Dave Poyser, Councillor for Hillrise, London Borough of Islington, Labour
Anna Rothery, Councillor for Princes Park, Liverpool, independent
Caroline Russell, London Assembly member, Greens
Lena Simic, Councillor for Anfield, Liverpool, Labour
David Stanley, Councillor for Kidbrooke Hornfair, Royal Borough of Greenwich, Labour

3 April 2022

■ To add your name to this letter, please email 2022ukrainesolidarity[at]gmail.com.