OSCE: New ODIHR project to support and enhance the role of civil society in the current environment of change and transition in Ukraine

KYIV, 23-4-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — Michael Georg Link, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), will deliver a public lecture, to be followed by a panel discussion, at the launch event for an ODIHR project to support and enhance the role of civil society in the current environment of change and transition in Ukraine.

Opening remarks for the event will be made by Pavlo Klimkin, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Valeria Lutkovska, Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights and Andriy Meleshevych, the President of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, who will all join Director Link for the panel discussion. There will be a question and answer session with the audience, including members of the media, following the panel discussion.

The two-year ODIHR “Strengthening Dialogue among Civil Society and with Key Governmental Stakeholders in Ukraine Project” will work with more than 600 stakeholders in Ukraine in 2015 alone. Among key State stakeholders are the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine; the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights and the Ministry of Justice. Civil society stakeholders include human rights organizations and groups; civil society organizations and groups active in supporting parliament, in political party regulation, and in advancing women’s role in the lawmaking process; and organizations addressing hate crimes and bias-motivated violence.

Journalists are invited to attend the event at 15:00, Friday, 24 April, in the Congregation Hall of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyka Academy, 2 Skovorody Vul., Kyiv.

For further information, please contact Svitlana Matviienko, Project Launch Co-ordinator, at: +380 979 877 319 or at Svitlana.Matviienko@odihr.pl.

Lauren Baranowska, OSCE/ODIHR Deputy Spokesperson at: +48 695 916 998 or lauren.baranowska@odihr.pl.

Contacts

Thomas Rymer
Spokesperson
Public Affairs Unit
OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
Ul. Miodowa 10
00-251 Warsaw
Poland
Office: +48 22 520 06 40
Mobile: +48 609 522 266
Fax: +48 22 520 06 05
thomas.rymer@odihr.pl

OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
Public Affairs Unit
Ul. Miodowa 10
00-251 Warsaw
Poland
Office: +48 22 520 06 00
Fax: +48 22 520 06 05
PublicAffairs@odihr.pl

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