Civic Commission for Investigation and Prevention of Human Rights Violations in Ukraine

The Commission for Investigation of Human Rights Abuses in Ukraine was established on January 27, 2014. Its efforts are directed at investigating abuses of human rights committed in the course of exercising the right to peaceful assembly, starting from November 30, 2013. The Commission is chaired by Dr. Volodymyr Vasylenko – Ambassador of Ukraine Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, retired judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia, and professor at the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy. Other members of the Commission include Oleh Bereziuk, Stanislav Shevchuk, Joseph Zisels, Yevhen Sverstiuk, Vasyl Kysil, Mykola Koziubra, Danylo Kurdelchuk, Mykola Siryi, Vasyl Ovsiyenko, Hryhoriy Omelchenko, Myroslav Antonovych, and Stanislav Batryn. Yuri Kushnir serves as the Commission’s secretary. The Commission works on three general action items: restoring citizens’ rights that have been violated, awareness and education work, and creating “The Black Book of Human Rights Abuses in Ukraine.” A working group has been established for each of these action items.