On January 27, a round table “Protecting the Rights of Public Activists: Current Issues and Possible Solutions” was held in Kyiv. During the event, they presented an analytical report “The situation of human rights defenders and civic activists in Ukraine in 2019”.
Human rights activists are convinced that the potential of the Verkhovna Rada committees should be harnessed in order to strengthen monitoring of human rights observance and direct it to the protection of human rights defenders and civic activists. Authorities should pay constant attention to investigations by law enforcement agencies against activists in order to facilitate the effectiveness of such investigations. In addition, the establishment of permanent platforms for cooperation in these matters with the public could increase the level of communication that is currently insufficient, and public condemnation of persecution and recognition of the importance of human rights activists and public activists – influence the formation of public opinion on the inadmissibility of such persecution.
The report was prepared by the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, ZMINA and Truth Hounds with the support of Freedom House.