Relevant publications
War and justice
OSCE, Vienna: MIHR coordinator and persons who suffered from occupation spoke about the Russians’ crimes in the Kherson region and mechanisms for solving humanitarian issues

On February 1st, the Media Initiative for Human Rights, Delegations of Ukraine, the EU, and the US to the OSCE held the event in Vienna, “Kherson Oblast under the occupation of the Russian Federation: kidnapping, torture, and other crimes” for heads of delegations to OSCE.

2 February 2023

Prisoners of war
A long way home. Or how Ukrainian POWs are forced to reject exchange and take Russian citizenship

Ongoing torture, starvation, and the lack of personal care products make up a typical day for Ukrainian […]

23 January 2023

Other war crimes
Ukrainian Hostages who Disappeared in Crimea: the Story of one Cell in the Simferopol Pre-Trial Detention Center

The Russian military have followed the practice of capturing civilians since the beginning of the full-scale invasion […]

13 January 2023

Enforced disappearances
“Pro-Ukrainian Activist/Extremist Woman”

MIHR documented the tortures endured by a woman residing in Berdiansk “My husband had a small ax. […]

9 January 2023

The Insider created a comic about a volunteer who spent 88 days in Russia’s filtration camps

The Insider has published a comic, 88 Days of Hell. It tells the story of Ihor Talalay, […]

6 January 2023

Wagner Group. Why they are not mercenaries, and Russia is equally responsible for them like for its regular armed forces

“The Wagner group, a mercenary outfit that is better equipped than Russia’s regular army, fights in the […]

4 January 2023

About us

The Media Initiative for Human Rights (MIHR) is a media team that changes foreign and domestic policy for Ukraine’s integration into the free world.

Journalists Maria Tomak and Olha Reshetylova launched the organization in September 2016. At first, the main activity of MIHR was journalistic investigations of human rights violations followed by legal support of cases. Currently, MIHR combines monitoring and recording human rights violations in connection with the armed aggression of the Russian Federation, coverage and investigation of separate episodes, analysis of collected data, and advocacy activities.

For the team, it is crucial not only to talk about the problems of human rights violations in the occupation and the war zone but, above all, to influence their solution and encourage an appropriate response to them both at the national and international levels.