MARCH 14, 2016 - The Human Rights Situation in Crimea

The Human Rights Research and Education Centre is pleased to partner with the Chair of Ukrainian Studies and Freedom House to present:

The Human Rights Situation in Crimea

Monday, March 14, 2016
4 to 6 p.m.
Human Rights Research and Education Centre
Fauteux Hall – FTX570
(57 Louis Pasteur, uOttawa)

The presentations will be in English.


  • Dmitri Makarov | International Youth Human Rights Movement (YHRM) - Russia

Dmitri Makarov is a representative of the International Youth Human Rights Movement (YHRM), which is a community of young people from different countries who value human rights and take action to defend them. YHRM organizes public actions and campaigns and holds seminars and trainings on human rights. Its members undertake independent human rights research for publication. Members of YHRM, including Dmitri Makarov, have initiated civil society monitoring of the human rights situation in Belarus following the December 2010 presidential election and in Crimea, as Crimean Human Rights Field Mission. As a member of the Crimea Human Rights Field Mission, the leading group systematically monitoring human rights on the ground in Crimea, Mr. Makarov has traveled extensively to Crimea to monitor and document human rights abuses on the peninsula.

  • Tetiana Pechonchyk | Human Rights Information Centre (HRIC) - Russia

Tetiana Pechonchyk is Head of the Board of the Human Rights Information Centre (HRIC), an organization which monitors and documents human rights abuses in eastern Ukraine, Crimea, and across Ukraine. HRIC coordinates the work of the Crimean Human Rights Field Mission in close partnership with Ukrainian, Russian, and other human rights groups and activists. Ms. Pechonchyk has extensive experience in human rights monitoring and documentation in Ukraine, and specializes in supporting media and journalists working in Crimea. In addition to her human rights work, Ms. Pechonchyk has worked as a journalist at the UNIAN news agency and at Glavred Media, among others. Ms. Pechonchyk is a member of International Youth Human Rights Movement, the National Union of Journalists, and the Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine.

  • Olga Skrypnyk | Crimea Human Rights Group (CHRG) and Almenda - Ukraine

Olga Skrypnyk is Head of the Crimea Human Rights Group (CHRG) and Almenda, two initiatives focusing on supporting civil society in Crimea and promoting the observance and protection of human rights in Crimea by attracting wide attention to problems of human rights and international humanitarian law on the peninsula. Ms. Skrypnyk also serves as Head of the Public Council under the Ministry of Information Policy in Ukraine and formerly served as Senior Protection Assistant at UNHCR focusing on legal issues and IDPs. Ms. Skrypnyk has served as a senior lecturer on history, legal studies, and pedagogy at Crimean University for the Humanities in Yalta, and has led and been involved in several civic initiatives in Crimea, including the Docudays human rights film festival, human rights education initiatives, and independent media development.

  • Zoryan Kis | Freedom House - Ukraine

Zoryan Kis is Project Coordinator for Ukraine at Freedom House, and facilitates the design and implementation for all of Freedom House’s ongoing programs in Ukraine in support of human rights defenders, citizen media, and civil society organizations. Mr. Kis is a prominent LGBTI rights activist in Ukraine with more than 10 years of experience working in Ukrainian civil society organizations, including serving as executive director from 2009 to 2012 of Fulcrum, an LGBTI human rights organization, and as a leader of several civic campaigns and initiatives including the SAVEZHOVTEN initiative. Prior to joining Freedom House, Mr. Kis served as Campaign Coordinator for Amnesty International Ukraine, worked at the All-Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV and the Nash Mir Gay and Lesbian Center, and served as a Co-Chair of the Council of LGBT organizations of Ukraine and a Member of the Board of the Gay Forum of Ukraine.

*The Human Rights Research and Education Centre may take pictures at this event for use on the website.

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