Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union

The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (UHHRU) was established in 2004. It is an independent, non-profit and non-partisan organization association of human rights organizations in Ukraine. It is the largest such association in the country and brings together 28 human rights NGOs with a shared aim of protecting human rights. The UHHRU constitutes itself as part of the Helsinki movement and continues the traditions and activities of the Ukrainian Public Group to Promote the Implementation of the Helsinki Accords. Its mission is the realization and protection of internationlly recognised rights and freedoms in Ukraine.

The UHHRU’s Documentation Center produced the Memory Map to attempt to identify and record the details of every victim of the hybrid armed conflict in Ukraine between 2014 and 2018. This includes both Russian and Ukrainian nationals, military personnel and civilians. The Documentation Center notes that the lack of transparency around deaths in the conflict fuels ‘intense information warfare’ on both sides, manipulates public and political understanding, and impedes the work of international organisations. This absence of reliable information on the conflict is itself a risk factor for further violence. The UHHRU’s Memory Map aims to remedy this by compiling and verifying all reports of deaths in the conflict, as a first step towards mutual understanding between the parties and a foundation for future reconciliation.

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