Confronting Violence in Ukraine
Freedom House seeks to improve Ukraine’s response to hate-motivated violence and ultimately to decrease its incidence.
United to Confront Hate-Motivated Violence in Ukraine
Freedom House seeks to improve Ukraine’s response to hate-motivated violence and ultimately to decrease its incidence. Freedom House and its partners work to unite a wide array of communities targeted with hate-motivated violence and convene a broad coalition of civil society groups to monitor, document, and analyze violent incidents and dynamics in Ukraine. By connecting broad and inclusive networks with high-quality documentation and analysis, FH and partners are establishing an authoritative record of hate-motivated violence and its perpetrators for use by policymakers, the public, and the media. Freedom House and partners also support the systematic engagement of civil society and government stakeholders to identify, develop, and adopt concrete policies to address hate-motivated violence.
Monitoring and Reporting Network
Freedom House partner Truth Hounds (TH) is the primary coordinator of the documentation process for incidents of hate-motivated violence, collecting data from around the country in a centralized database. Community partners Nash Mir, the Roma Human Rights Protection Center, and The Congress of Ethnic Communities of Ukraine contribute to this effort.
Freedom House partner ZMINA Human Rights Information Center, which operates the Humanrights.org.ua portal, leads partners’ collective campaigning and media engagement efforts. Communication activities share the results of project partners’ documentation and analysis and educate the public about the impact of hate-motivated violence on affected groups in order to pressure policymakers to adopt solutions to hate-motivated violence.
Freedom House, in partnership with independent experts, operates Reportingradicalism.org, a platform providing high-quality reporting and analysis on the groups and individuals connected to hate-motivated violence and hateful ideologies in Ukraine.
In addition, Freedom House and partners publish an annual report and a quarterly Hate Monitor detailing the results of our monitoring and documentation of hate-motivated violence. The methodology of the Hate Monitor is viewable here.
- 2020 Annual Report (English, Ukrainian)
- April 2021–June 2021 (English, Ukrainian)
- January 2021–March 2021 (English, Ukrainian)
- October 2020–December 2020 (English, Ukrainian)
- July–September 2020 (English, Ukrainian)
Advocacy for Reform
Freedom House and partners facilitate advocacy initiatives focused on analyzing and improving national-level policy to prevent and respond to hate-motivated violence. Ukrainian Legal Aid Foundation (ULAF) focuses on improving law enforcement’s policy and practices addressing hate-motivated violence by studying existing instruments and practices for combatting hate-motivated violence and identifying the root causes of law enforcement’s poor response as well as opportunities for reform.
Expert Center for Human Rights works with ULAF to implement targeted regional interventions to understand the roots of hate-motivated violence in a local context, identify and advocate for local-level policy solutions, and improve the response of law enforcement and local authorities.
Ukraine: Human Rights in Pandemic
Freedom House is working to document and address human rights abuses connected to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ukraine: Expanding Allies for LGBT+ Rights
Freedom House works to improve respect for the human rights of LGBT+ people in Ukraine by strengthening and growing broad-based civil society and allies’ engagement.
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.