Already in 2018 more than 50 Ukrainian human rights defenders, anti-corruption and ecological activists have been attacked because of their work. Those who ordered the attacks have yet to be identified and prosecuted. The situation further endangers civic activists and contributes to the culture of impunity in Ukraine.
At the beginning of November, together with our partners from Vostok-SOS and Freedom House, we organised a workshop for civic activists from Western Ukraine. It is the third event aiming to strengthen civil society in Ukraine and equip activists with knowledge in the field of legal and physical security and crisis-communications.
The event brought together more than 30 activists from Ternopil and neighbouring regions. Over the course of two days activists engaged in interactive trainings focused on legal responses to the attacks against them, crisis communications, personal and organisation security planning and coalition building.
Through the workshops we aim to create a more secure environment for civic activists in Ukraine. Democratic development of the country is only possible with the support of proactive citizens who need a safe environment for their civic, watch-dog and human rights monitoring activities.
DRI is alert to the issue of security of civic activists in Ukraine and we are ready to provide more trainings, should they be required. DRI continues to support the recently-created Coalition to Protect Civil Society on coordination of joint responses to the threats and attacks against activists.