Human Rights Defenders and the Shrinking Space for Civil Society: Case of Ukraine

Presentation by Mr. Maksym Butkevych at the Frontline Defenders event at the UN Human Rights Council (10 March 2014)

When this event has been planned, and I’ve been honored to be invited to speak – the situation in my country, Ukraine, has already attracted attention of the international audience. Since then, however, the situation has significantly changed. Ukrainians went through not only massive civic protests, violent street confrontation, killing of those who fought for their rights and freedoms, collapse of the previous regime, – but also through first steps of building new, more democratic country, and foreign military invasion.

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