From the editors
This report focuses on the human rights situation in Ukraine in 2014. It contains a “Civic Assessment of government policy in the area of human rights” and an in-depth analysis of specific aspects of the human rights situation during the period in question.
The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (UHHRU) and the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group (KHPG) would like to gratefully acknowledge the enormous help offered us in creating this Human Rights Organizations Report. First and foremost we wish to thank:
The organizations which kindly provided material for this report:
— The All-Ukrainian “National Assembly of Disabled Persons of Ukraine”;
— The All-Ukrainian Charitable Foundation “The Right to Protection”;
— The All-Ukrainian Public Organization “Committee of Voters of Ukraine”;
— The Civic Organization “Kharkiv Human Rights protection group” (KHPG);
— The Civic Organization “Regional Centre for Human Rights”;
— The Civic Organization Center “Social Action” (Kyiv);
— The Civil Network “Opora” (“Reliance”);
— The Institute of Legal Research and Strategies (Kharkiv);
— Institute for Religious Freedom (Kyiv);
— Institute of Philosophy named after G. S. Skovoroda;
— The International Women’s Human Rights Center “La Strada — Ukraine”;
— The Center for Civil Liberties (Kyiv);
— The Centre of Law Enforcement Activities Research;
— The Center for Law and Political Research “SiM” (Lviv);
— The Center for Political and Legal Reform (Kyiv).
The authors and co-authors of particular units, as well as the researchers of material used here:
Olena Ashchenko, Andriy Beh, Dementiy Bilyi, Alexei Bobrov, Natalia Bochkor, Kateryna Borozdina, Oleksandr Bukalov, Vadym Chovgan, Andriy Didenko, Iryna Fedorovych, Svetlana Gannushkina, Vitalii Gren, Yevhen Hryhorenko, Olha Kalashnyk, Denis Kobzin, Ludmyla Kovalchuk, Roman Kuibida, Oleksandr Lapin, Kateryna Levchenko, Maryna Lehenka, Larysa Mahdiuk, Roman Marabyan, Oleh Martynenko, Oleksandra Matviichuk, Valentina Mudrik, Olexander Pavlichenko, Andriy Pen’kov, Vsevolod Rechytskyi, Yurii Reshetnikov, Olena Riha, Andriy Rokhansky, Tetiana Ruda, Olexander Sagan, Maksim Shcherbatyuk, Darya Svyrydova, Mykhaylo Tarakhkalo, Gennadiy Tokarev, Ruslan Topolevsky, Olga Tseitlina, Maksim Vasin, Dmytro Vovk, Irina Yakovets, Volodymyr Yavorsky, Maryana Yevsiukova, Yana Zaikina, Borys Zakharov, Yevhen Zakharov, Olexander Zayets, Sergiy Zayets.
This report would not have been possible without the support and assistance of Maria Avdeeva, Larysa Bayda, Halya Coynash, Volodymyr Derkachov, Irayida Fesenko, Kateryna Halenko, Les Herasymchuk, Volodymyr Hlushchenko, Ksenia Karagyaur, Anna Kolesnyk, Vitaliy Kuchinskiy, Iryna Lukyanenko, Oleg Miroshnichenko, Eduard Paramonov, Maksym Petrov, Mariia Polishuk, Serhiy Polishuk, Darya Rublinetsky, Alex Savransky, Oleg Shatokhin, Maria Shutaliova, Olena Stepanova, Victor Stoliarenko, Vitaly Svyatsky, Marina Visotska, Elinna Yakovleva, Hanna Yushchenko, Borys Zakharov.
We would like also to express our the Swedish Government and “Open Society Foundations”, who provided financial assistance for the preparation of this Report.
This edition has been published with supported by the Swedish Agency Inetrnational Development and “Open Society Foundations”. The views of the authors do not necessarily reflect the official position of the Swedish Government and “Open Society Foundations”.
Arkadiy Bushchenko, Oleh Martynenko