Regional public relations coordinators

«There is a need to expand the network of Regional coordinators of the Commissioner for Human Rights. Because they are virtually the only human rights defenders with appropriate mandate of the Commissioner outside the capital who are able to help people in emergency situations in the regions» –

Mr. Vadym Pyvovarov, Executive director of the UMDPL Association

 

In order to ensure interaction of the Commissioner for Human Rights with citizens and representatives of civil society organizations at the regional level the Commissioner with support of donor and international organizations has established a network of Regional public relations coordinators from among local community activists. The establishment of the network of regional public relations coordinators is entailed by the need to respond quickly to the violation of human and citizen’s rights and freedoms.

Regional public relations coordinators operate in the framework of the Memorandum signed between the Commissioner for Human Rights and the Association of Ukrainian monitors of human rights observance in the activities of law enforcement bodies (UMDPL Association). The Memorandum provides for development of the network of regional public relations coordinators of the Commissioner for Human Rights with the assistance and support of the UNDP in Ukraine.

The existence of this network significantly enhances the credibility of monitoring visits conducted by the Secretariat.

The jurisdiction of a regional public relations coordinator of the Commissioner extends not only to the region, where he or she operates, but also to the neighboring regions, where there are no such coordinators. Thus, the coordinator in Ternopil conducts its activities also in Ivano-Frankivsk, Khmelnytsky and Chernivtsi regions, and the coordinator in Rivne – in Lutsk and Khmelnitsky regions. The coordinator in Kirovograd conducts on-site visits to Mykolayiv, Poltava and Kherson regions, and the coordinator in Luhansk – to Kharkiv and Donetsk regions.

 

 

Regulation on regional offices of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights