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General Purposes

Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Increasing Access to Justice
  • Grant Amount $100,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2008–June 30, 2010
  • Location Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Geographic Focus Ukraine

About this grant

The program goal is to improve the observance of fundamental rights and freedoms in Ukraine. Drawing on its network of 25 member organizations throughout the country, the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union will work to protect victims of rights abuse through a network of legal advice centers. It will regularly monitor and report on the state of rights protection in Ukraine. Through strategic litigation, it will take on key legal cases focusing on precedent-setting rights issues. The grantee will work to raise public awareness of human rights through a range of educational activities, including an annual documentary film festival. At the same time, efforts will be made to strengthen the capacity of the membership, with particular attention given to streamlining information exchange across the network. Established in 2004, the union works to promote practical implementation of the range of international human rights instruments to which Ukraine is a party.