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Ukraine: In 2020, 74 cases of persecution of defenders working on corruption, LGBTIQ rights & environmental protection, among others

Since the beginning of 2020, human rights defenders have recorded 74 cases of persecution of activists, 22 October 2020

...Human rights advocates...presented a monitoring report on the persecution of civil activists and human rights defenders since the beginning of 2020, prepared by ZMINA Human Rights Centre as a part of the EU-funded project Increasing the Role and Protection of Human Rights Defenders in Ukraine.

According to Anastasia Moskvychova, a researcher at ZMINA Human Rights Centre, of all the recorded cases, the highest number involved physical attacks on activists (18), intimidation (14) and destruction or damage of their property (13). Kyiv and Odesa Region are still the “leaders” in terms of the number of incidents: they had 34 and 11 cases, respectively. The third place is shared by Kyiv and Dnipropetrovsk Regions, with 6 incidents each...