Local Human Rights Index: tool for monitoring institutional reforms under conditions of armed conflict and post-conflict regulation

On 30 January 2018 at 11:00, at the building of the Secretariat of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman) (Kyiv, 21/8 Instytutska St.), a roundtable will take place where a methodology for the new human rights monitoring tool aimed at the local level will be presented, jointly implemented by the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union and Ombudsman’s office as well as other state and civil society institutions.

Monitoring activities performed as part of the Local Human Rights Index target the level of local territorial communities. They allow assessing how local authorities in settlements use their powers in the field of human rights protection. The Local Human Rights Index evaluates and identifies efficient and inefficient practices in settlements, provides recommendations regarding the implementation of the best methods, and trains local activists interested in developing human rights in their own cities.

Main speakers at the event

From the Ombudsman:

Bodgan Kryklyvenko, head of the Secretariat of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights;

Olena Smirnova, deputy head of the Secretariat;

From the team of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union:

Olexander Pavlichenko, UHHRU executive director;

Oleg Martynenko, head of analytics;

Andriy Galay, Bogdan Moysa, Taras Shcherbatiuk.

Aside from the instruments provided by the Local Human Rights Index, the event will host a discussion of its relation to post-conflict regulation, present results of trial monitoring activities, and reveal plans for the immediate future as well as opportunities for enlisting interested organizations.

To attend the event, it is necessary to apply by 29 January at the following link:

Media accreditation is mandatory and is performed during online registration.

Please contact UHHRU project coordinator Andriy Galay with any questions regarding the event. 0667442336.

Designed to take into account the priority of human rights in course of the decentralization reform, the Local Human Rights Index initiative is being supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Human Rights in Action Program in part of ensuring the rights of internally displaced persons and conflict-affected population. The current event will be held within the said Program implemented by the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union.

The American people, through the USAID, have provided economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide for over 55 years. In Ukraine, USAID’s assistance focuses on three areas: Health and Social Transition, Economic Growth and Democracy and Governance. USAID has provided 1.8 bln. technical and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine since 1992. For additional information about USAID programs in Ukraine, please visit our website: or our Facebook page at


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