Ukraine has enacted a number of positive reforms since the protest-driven ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych in 2014. However, corruption remains endemic, and initiatives to combat it are only partially implemented. Attacks against journalists, civil society activists, and members of minority groups are frequent, and police responses are often inadequate. Russia occupies the autonomous Ukrainian region of Crimea, which it invaded in the aftermath of Yanukovych’s ouster, and its military supports armed separatists in the eastern Donbas area.
Freedom House Programs in Ukraine
Democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms in Ukraine are seriously challenged by the grinding military conflict in the country’s east (Donbas), Russia’s occupation and de facto control of Crimea, widespread impunity for human rights abuses, and slow reform in key areas, such as the security and justice sectors. At the same time, the flourishing of civil society, major reforms since the Euromaidan revolution, and a vibrant media demonstrate Ukraine’s promise as an open and pluralistic democracy. As Ukraine struggles with the challenge of building its democracy in the face of significant threats, Freedom House works with an array of partners to mobilize their efforts to resist censorship, advocate in support of human rights and good governance, conduct public oversight over the law-enforcement and security sector, and protect activists and journalists from persecution and violence. Freedom House provides needed support to civic advocates, including LGBT+ people, human-rights defenders, citizen journalists, and religious and ethnic minorities.
- Strengthening Champions for Free Expression in Ukraine in a Time of Conflict
- Security Services Under Civic Oversight in Ukraine
- United to Confront Hate-Motivated Violence in Ukraine
- Expanding Allies for LGBT+ Rights in Ukraine
- Monitoring Human Rights in Eastern Ukraine During the Coronavirus Pandemic
The Invasion of Ukraine
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is not only an attack on a peaceful country that is striving to build its democracy. It is also an attack on democracy itself—on every person’s fundamental human rights and political and civil liberties.
Nations in Transit — Ukraine Country Report
Categorized as a Transitional or Hybrid regime, Ukraine receives a Democracy Percentage of 39 out of 100 in the Nations in Transit 2022 report.
Freedom on the Net— Ukraine Country Report
Ukraine is rated Partly Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.
Expanding Allies for LGBT+ Rights in Ukraine
From 2016-2021, Freedom House worked to improve respect for the human rights of LGBT+ people in Ukraine by strengthening and growing broad-based civil society and allies’ engagement. (Completed: October 2021)
Championing Free Expression in Ukraine in a Time of Conflict
Freedom House works to support civil society activists, media, and citizens in advocating for expansive freedom of expression in Ukraine.
United to Confront Hate-Motivated Violence in Ukraine
Freedom House works to improve Ukraine’s response to hate-motivated violence and ultimately to decrease its incidence.
Monitoring Human Rights in Eastern Ukraine During the Coronavirus Pandemic
During the height of the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Freedom House is working to document and address human rights abuses connected to government responses to the pandemic. (Completed: July 2021)
Security Services Under Civic Oversight in Ukraine
Freedom House supports Ukrainian civil society in providing effective public oversight of the activities of the Ukrainian government law-enforcement and security services.
Interventions for the 2022 OSCE Warsaw Human Dimension Conference
Testimony and remarks
September 26, 2022
Freedom House Honors Ukrainian Independence, Calls on International Community to Stand against Kremlin Aggression
August 24, 2022
Ukraine Won’t Be Rebuilt in a Day
In Ukraine and Neighboring Countries, Democracy Activists Are Prepared for a Long Struggle
June 9, 2022
Transnational Repression Threatens Freedom Worldwide