The Forum for Human Rights Advocacy was an international forum dedicated to modern
challenges in human rights advocacy and the human rights movement. The forum was held
with the support of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Ukraine and the
Secretariat of the Commission on Human Rights of Ukraine’s Supreme Council and was the
first stage of the larger project Human Rights Advocacy.
The first forum was held in May 2017 and assembled at the Ukrainian Catholic University
approximately 100 human rights activists, civic activists, and international experts. Four
thematic discussion panels were dedicated to human rights advocacy in its national and
international dimensions, problems of the human rights movement, successful practices in
the field of human rights defense, and cooperation among the main stakeholders of the
The forum’s partners were: the resource and analysis center Society and Environment, the
civic organization Lviv Center of International Law and Human Rights, Matviiv and Partners,
and the Lviv Region Branch of the Association of Lawyers of Ukraine.