COALITION HOLDS ITS FIRST CONFERENCE IN VILNIUS
December 14-15, Vilnius hosted the first conference of the Coalition “Initiative Group for Human Rights in Crimea.”
The participants discussed the key issues of human rights in Crimea from the experience of the human rights organizations and initiatives of different countries and the challenges relating to documentation of human rights violations and field work on the peninsula.
The reports on political persecutions in Crimea, human rights violations and humanitarian problems caused by the action “Civil blockade of Crimea”, as well as on possible international mechanisms to protect the human rights in Crimea were presented during the conference.
A special section was dedicated to the practical problems of activity of the human rights defenders in Crimea and dealing with Crimean issues, in particular the procedure for entry, opportunities for lawyers and journalists and others.
In addition, the interactive map of human rights violations in Crimea was presented.
The participants in the “Initiative Group for Human Rights in Crimea” discussed a number of issues related to the development of the coalition, in particular, the elaboration of effective communication within the coalition, the possible options for decision-making, the admission of new members and others.
The short- and long-term action plans within the coalition were identified, and the thematic priorities for further practical work were elaborated.
As a reminder, the coalition “Initiative Group for Human Rights in Crimea” involves 30 non-governmental organizations from Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, as well as several international organizations.