Center for Civil Liberties

Center for Civil Liberties

Ukraine Kyiv

Founded in 200711-25 peopleccl.org.ua/
The Center for Civil Liberties has been actively working for the protection of human rights in Ukraine and the OSCE region for 15 years, and is a 2022 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The Center became the first human rights organization in the world, which in 2014 sent its own mobile teams to document war crimes in Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk regions. To this day, the Center for Civil Liberties continues to do this in all regions where crimes are committed by russian troops. The Center for Civil Liberties also launched the “legal Maidan barricade” during the Revolution of Dignity - the Euromaidan SOS initiative. The organization united several thousand people and during all three months of the protest defended the participants persecuted by the authorities in various regions of the country. Another result of the Center's work is the global action Save Oleg Sentsov, which united thousands of people from about 40 countries in demonstrations for the release of the illegally imprisoned Ukrainian director. In the end, Oleg Sentsov was released along with 34 other political prisoners. The main priority of the Center for Civil Liberties is the restoration of justice for all victims of war crimes. In addition to punishing those guilty of atrocities, the russian federation should be expelled from the UN Security Council for systematic violations of the charter. Russia has not been punished for previous crimes (in Chechnya, Georgia, Moldova, Syria, Libya, Mali, in other countries), and this prompts it to commit new evil with new force around the world. Human rights defenders of the Center for Civil Liberties are convinced that sustainable peace is impossible without justice.

Key Projects

Prisoners Voice

It works for the release of Ukrainian citizens detained or imprisoned in connection with Russian aggression, and for the protection of their basic rights - freedom from torture, the right to legal protection, medical assistance, etc. At the first stage, it existed in the format of the #LetMyPeopleGo campaign and aimed to inform the international community about political prisoners in Russia and its occupied territories. In 2017, it transformed into a global #SaveOlegSentsov initiative to free film director Oleg Sentsov and other Kremlin prisoners. In 2019, after the return of Oleg Sentsov, the campaign received its current name #PrisonersVoice. Since the start of the full-scale Russian invasion in February 2022, campaign volunteers have been working to release a new wave of imprisoned people: POWs, civilian hostages and political prisoners.

Prisoners Voice

Tribunal for Putin (T4P)

The Tribunal for Putin (T4P) global initiative was set up in response to the all-out war launched by Russia against Ukraine in February 2022. In all the Regions of Ukraine, 24 participant-organisations document events that display features of crimes defined in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court as Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes. The Initiative makes use, where possible, of the existing procedures of the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, the European Union and the International Criminal Court to avert such crimes and to bring those responsible to justice. We are convinced that the evil currently being perpetrated by Russia in Ukraine is a result of the failure to condemn the evil that was done in the past. The T4P initiative was co-founded by three major Ukrainian HROs: Center for Civil Liberties, Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group.

Tribunal for Putin (T4P)

Kyiv School of Human Rights and Democracy

Kyiv School of Human Rights and Democracy is a free educational platform of the Center for Civil Liberties. As part of the school's activities, open lectures, trainings, discussions, film screenings, round tables and educational courses take place in Kyiv and other cities. The school is a great opportunity to become a volunteer in one of the projects of the Center for Civil Liberties, start human rights activities and learn more about human rights. In total, from the moment the school was established until 2021, more than three thousand people from two dozen countries of the world took part in the trainings and events.

Kyiv School of Human Rights and Democracy