Dmytro Groysman 1972 – 2013
On 5 August our colleague, Dmytro (Dima) Groysman died of a heart attack. He was 41 and had suffered from a long-term heart condition.
Most prominent as Coordinator of the Vinnytsa Human Rights Group, Dima was by profession a doctor and lawyer. In 1993 he was one of the founders of the Ukrainian section of Amnesty International. From 1994-2000 he worked as coordinator of a national campaign for the abolition of the death penalty in Ukraine. In 2000 Ukraine’s Constitutional Court agreed that the death penalty was in breach of Ukraine’s Constitution.
In 1998 Dima founded and headed the Vinnytsa Human Rights Group which worked actively in defence of refugees, as well as on other issues.
The human rights community has lost one of its most prominent individuals, a person for whom there could be no restrictions or authorities when confronting injustice.
Dima will be much missed.
Our deepest sympathy to Dima’s wife, Svitlana Poberezhets, his son David, and those closest to him