“We must do everything, so we could live in a country, where a person is the focal point of activities of all authorities,” – Fr. Dr. Bohdan Prach

About 100 human rights defenders, civil society activists and international experts took part in the Human Rights Advocacy Forum, during which they exchanged experiences and views on the current challenges facing human rights advocacy and human rights movement.

The international forum, which gathered about 100 experts in the field of human rights protection in Lviv, is the first stage of a major UCU School of Law project, the next step of which will be a certificate program on human rights advocacy.

“We must do everything, so we could live in a country, where the person is a focal point of activities of all authorities. And we, the University, make every effort to see this most important point in our day-to-day work – a human. And I encourage you to do so,” – said Fr. Dr. Bohdan Prach, Rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University, at the opening of the Forum.

Among the speakers of the Forum are Marie Georges, independent international expert on the protection of rights and freedoms regarding personal data processing, Yves Lador, international environmental protection expert, Dmytro Tretyakov, non-judicial reporter, senior lawyer at the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights, Oleksandr Lemenov, manager of the anti-corruption group at the Reanimation Package of Reforms and other experts in the field of human rights protection. Also, Bohdan Kryklyvenko, Head of the Secretariat of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights took park in the Forum.

“The level of understanding and acceptance of human rights and fundamental freedoms in society is quite low and therefore distorted understanding of many basic things. Such platform as this Forum must lead to increased awareness of the people,” – said Bohdan Kryklyvenko.

The organizers plan to make this event traditional:

“We want to extend the Forum, focusing on other relevant topics in the field of human rights, which, unfortunately, for certain reasons are often left aside. For example, art and human rights and business and human rights,” – said Ivan Horodyskyy, Director of the UCU School of Law.

Human Rights Advocacy Forum is organized by the UCU School of Law with the support of the German Embassy in Ukraine and the Secretariat of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights. Partners of the Forum are Resource & Analysis Center “Society and Environment”, NGO “Lviv Center for International Law and Human Rights”, AA “Matviyiv and Partners” and the Department of UBA in Lviv region.