Situation of human rights defenders in the government-controlled territories of Ukraine: three years after Euromaidan

This report presents a situation analysis and describes cases of interference with the work of human rights defenders and activists who strive to protect the public interest in the government-controlled territory of Ukraine during three years after Euromaidan (March 2014 – March 2017).

In particular, the publication summarizes the legislative changes which adversely affected freedom of association and freedom of movement for human rights defenders and contains an overview of criminal and administrative proceedings against human rights defenders and activists who act to protect the public interest, incidents of threats and physical violence (including murder, violent assault and property damaging), surveillance and smear campaigns.

The report concludes that steps are required by the Ukrainian authorities to improve the protection of human rights defenders, and enable their work, and contains recommendations to Ukrainian official bodies to achieve this.

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Authors: Tetiana Pechonchyk, Liudmyla Yankina