The European Endowment for Democracy (EED) is providing €150,000 to support civic activists injured or in need of legal support as a result of the violent crackdown on protesters on Kyiv’s Independence Square.
A post on the EED’s Facebook page today said that on February 20, within two days of the latest outbreak of violence in Ukraine, the EED responded to the most urgent needs of civic activists.
“EED is providing €150,000 to support civic activists who are injured or in need of legal support as a result of the violent crackdown on protesters on Kyiv’s Independence Square. The activists and their families will receive medical, legal or material assistance, including when needed, transportation of the wounded to hospitals outside of Kyiv,” the EED said.
This emergency support aims to help alleviate the situation of civic activists and their families on the ground in their efforts to find the path back to peaceful civic activism and democratic reform.
At the end of January, the EED announced it would fund the Kyiv Post, Ukraine’s leading English-language weekly, to continue its uninterrupted work and coverage of the ongoing developments in Ukraine. Launched in 1995, the Kyiv Post is produced by a team of Western and Ukrainian journalists.
The European Endowment for Democracy assists pro-democratic civil society organisations, movements and individual activists acting in favour of a pluralistic multiparty system regardless of their size or formal status. The EED also provides assistance to young leaders, independent media and journalists, provided that all the beneficiaries adhere to core democratic values and human rights as well as subscribe to principles of non-violence.
The European Commission funds the project ‘Support to the European Endowment for Democracy’, with the aim of supporting the core functioning of the European Endowment for Democracy (EED) in the European Neighbourhood as an actor to foster and encourage democratisation and deep and sustainable democracy in countries in political transition and in societies struggling for democratisation. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
EED – Facebook post
Support to the European Endowment for Democracy – fiche
EU Delegation to Ukraine
EU Neighbourhood Info Centre webpage – Ukraine