Strengthening Capacities of the Office of the Ombudsperson
The Project aims at strengthening capacities of the Ombudsperson’s Office to contribute to reform agendas, implement its mandates and respond to human rights challenges in Ukraine, while mobilizing national authorities and human rights defenders to improve the overall human rights record of the country.
Strengthening capacity of the Ombudsperson’s Office to fulfill its mandate and contribute to the reform agenda.
Enhancing human rights protection on regional level through support provided to the Ombudsperson’s Office regional network, development of regional offices of the Ombudsperson.
Increasing human rights awareness including a comprehensive national baseline human rights study, awareness and rights-advocacy campaigns, as well as supporting human rights journalism.
Strengthening systems for protection of vulnerable groups and promotion of equal opportunities for women and men in the context of new human rights challenges in Ukraine.
The first component
- For strengthening the institutional development of the Ombudsperson’s Office the Project supported updating the Strategy and Action Plan of the Iinstitution.
- To enable effective fulfilment of the mandate in the area of access to public information a large-scale monitoring effort was conducted in all regions of Ukraine with the Project support. Based on the monitoring findings relevant very practical recommendations for public information administrators were provided. Further the Project supported development of the Unified monitoring methodology on access to public information.
- In the sphere of the National Preventive Mechanism the Project supported development of the compilation of lectures and teaching materials for NPM monitors’ trainings, and the Report on Review of Forensic Psychiatric and Prison Mental Health Services in Ukraine, as well as launching the Minimal Standards for Fair Treatment of Persons Kept in Places of Deprivation of Freedom in the Social Sphere.
- To strength combating discrimination the Project supported development of the monitoring methodology - Antidiscrimination Barometer to equiped the Ombudsperson's Office and civil society with tools to monitor tolerance and prejudice in society, discriminatory practices etc.
- To strength capacity of duty-bearers in the human rights area. “Open Police school” on access to public information and personal data protection and series of training for judges, persecutors and lawyers on Human Rights in Criminal Process were conducted
The second component
The system of regional representation covers all 24 regions of Ukraine and functions in a mixed mode:
- 21 Regional Coordinators (local human rights experts who are supported by the Project),
- 8 Regional Offices of the Ombudsperson's Office (Rivne, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi, Zhytomyr, Odesa, Kharkiv, Dnipro).
In 6 out of 8 Regional Offices (Zhytomyr, Rivne, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi, Kharkiv and Odesa) work under so-called “Ombudsperson's Regional Offices+” model, that means OO Regional Representatives are accompanied by the OO Regional Coordinators providing cooperation with civil activists.
The third component
The Ombudsperson's Office and the Human Rights Information Centre are developing joint Human Rights Baseline Study, supported by the Project in order to help Ukraine address the human rights challenges it faces.
The nationwide survey was carried out among a representative sociological sample of 2,002 respondents across all territory of Ukraine, assessing the various levels of awareness and perceptions of human rights across Ukraine to serve as a basis for mapping out and prioritizing further human rights actions.
The forth component
Building capacities of the Ombudsperson’s Office and its partners to address IDPs’ human rights violations and assist the reintegration process the Project supported the training course for local CSOs “Human rights and Gender Equality”, which based on an assessment of the level of CSOs’ expertise and capacities, their needs in terms of training.
The Project is supported by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs