Activism 2020: monitoring report on persecution of activists and human rights defenders in Ukraine

The purpose of this report is to evaluate the situation with persecution of and pressure on public activists in January–March 2020, to describe the new incidents and newly discovered circumstances in older cases of attacks against human rights defenders which became known in this period.

Given the existence of an urgent problem of protecting civil society actors and the discovery of gaps in legislation and the work of law enforcement agencies, the main purpose of this report is to provide full and up-to-date information about the situation with persecution of and pressure on human rights defenders and activists to representatives of the government, media, international missions and partners, and the wider public.

In the context of decentralization, mobilization of efforts in the solidarity struggle against the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, socioeconomic perturbations, the topic of persecution of activists and human rights defenders, as well as impunity for this persecution, has been gaining increased relevance for the promotion and advocacy of human rights standards, monitoring of the government’s fulfillment of its obligations, and protection of social interests.

The report has been prepared by the ZMINA Human Rights Centre as a part of the Increasing

the Role and Protection of Human Rights Defenders in Ukraine project, in partnership with the
Netherlands Helsinki Committee and with financial support by the European Union.

The complete version of this report is available in Ukrainian and English.

Authors: Oleksandr Dmitriev, Anastasiia Moskvychova, Tetiana Pechonchyk