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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 January 1, 2019–December 31, 2020
  • Location Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Geographic Focus Ukraine

About this grant

The program goal is to increase access to justice in Ukraine through protection of fundamental rights and freedoms. Through its network of 29 member organizations, the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union will raise public awareness of the law and human rights through a range of monitoring, advocacy, and educational activities. It will provide legal information and services through its network of legal aid centers and will systematically examine opportunities for strengthening this network in the context of decentralization reforms. The grantee will conduct strategic litigation and advocacy on critical issues arising from cases brought to its attention. In 2017–2018, the grantee provided over 23,000 individual consultations through its legal aid centers. Additionally, it contributed to the development of a state policy on benefits in the wake of the conflict in the east of Ukraine. It successfully litigated a case at the European Court of Human Rights, which freed the possibility of agricultural land sales. Established in 2004, the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union works to promote practical observance of the range of international human rights instruments to which Ukraine is a party.