Ukrainian human rights defender Oleksandra Matviychuk, who heads the Center for Civil Liberties, spoke about her many years of work to defend and protect the rights of Ukrainian men and women. Matviychuk’s commitment to the protection of human rights since 2007 earned her the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize.

“We document war crimes together with other partners within the framework of the Tribunal for Putin initiative. Now there are more than 19,000 war crimes in our joint base. Sometimes it seems to me that we document pain and that this pain simply burns us out,” Matviychuk says.

In addition, this conversation explores Matviychuk’s experience and change in the landscape of civil society in Ukraine, especially after 2014, shedding light on the importance of language as a means of self-identification and unity.

Natalia Tolub

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