30 March 2022, 10.30 am
Presseclub Concordia, Human Rights House Foundation
Join two prominent Ukrainian human rights defenders and civil society activists for a timely briefing on war crimes and human rights abuses their organisations are documenting as well as calls to action to the international community.
Tetiana Pechonchyk, head of Human Rights Centre ZMINA and a leading advocate for international justice in her home country, Ukraine. ZMINA documents crimes in occupied and government-controlled territories of Ukraine.
Olga Skrypnyk, Crimean human rights defender and head of the Crimean Human Rights Centre. Her organization supports civil society and promotes the observance and protection of human rights in Crimea as well as Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia and Crimea.
Dave Elseroad, head of advocacy at the Human Rights House Foundation, a Norwegian NGO supporting human rights defenders and organisations across Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and the Western Balkans
The large-scale military escalation of Russia’s war against Ukraine on 24 February 2022 is a challenge to European security and the liberal international order erected since the end of the second World War. Three weeks later, credible reporting from independent civil society actors and UN Special Procedures highlights abductions and arrests of Ukrainian activists, human rights defenders, volunteers, journalists, and political leaders in areas partially occupied by Russia; religious persecution by Russian forces in occupied regions; indiscriminate attacks on civilian targets, including hospitals, by the Russian military; and, actions to hinder the delivery of humanitarian assistance to those affected by the war. At the same time, Russia’s war against Ukraine has forced human rights defenders living in Ukraine, including Belarusian human rights defenders, to flee fearing reprisal by Russian forces.
Corona regulations: 2G rule and FFP2 mask requirement.