Send Letter eng
Advocacy

Media Initiative for Human Rights was awarded by The Embassy of the Netherlands with Human Rights Embassy Tulip

Reward ceremony took place in Kyiv, December, 5. “This is our fifth ceremony. Your work is highly appreciated, we have been cooperating with your organization for a long time”, – mentioned Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ukraine Jennes de Mol.

Mr. Ambassador as well added that the MIHR is doing an important job in documenting Russian crimes to establish the truth in the war against Ukraine. Mr. De Mol, as well stressed that this work is extremely important for justice particular in context of prosecution those who are responsible for the downing of flight MH17, when 192 citizens of the Netherlands died.

First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova as well was present at the award ceremony. She emphasized an importance and inevitability of punishing Russia for crimes committed.

During the ceremony co-founder of MIHR Olha Reshetylova said that this was the second attempt to conduct the award ceremony.  The first one was on November 15, when Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands was visiting Kyiv.

“At that day Ukraine faced an extremely powerful missile attack. The enemy didn’t give us a chance to get a reward. And while we were preparing for the ceremony, one of the victims, Olena Shevchenko, was going to go to the morgue to pick up body of her sister. MIHR together with Olha was searching for her sister, who disappeared after one of mortal shelling of Hostomel in March 2022. Olena Shevchenko traveled with MIHR to the Hague, where she told her story. She spoke about the sister at the Russian embassy in the Netherlands. People of the Netherlands listened and supported her. A couple months late we`ve learned that Ludmila was killed. She died, like many other victims of Russian crimes. At the same time, there are still many victims among us. Many were forcibly deported to the Russian Federation or are in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine. Therefore I want to dedicate this award to people who fought, are fighting and will fight for our freedom. Who pay the highest price for it, find strength, share their stories with us so that we can tell the world the truth”, – Reshetylova added.

She as well thanked the Embassy of the Netherlands for the constant support of the Media Initiative for Human Rights and the organization’s projects.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands has been awarding human rights defenders with the Human Rights Tulip Award since 2008. Every year, the commission chooses winners from activists or human rights organizations around the world.

Since 2018, the embassies of the Netherlands in some countries have also awarded “Embassy Tulips” to human rights defenders and activists. Since then, the “Human Rights Embassy Tulip Award” has come to Ukraine.

In Ukraine, in 2018, Dmytro Shchebetyuk, co-founder of Dostupno.UA, received the award for his contribution to the protection of the rights and prevention of discrimination of people with disabilities. In 2019, Crimean lawyer Liliya Gemedzhy, who defends the rights of Ukrainian political prisoners, in particular, Crimean Tatars, and the leader of Odesa Automaidan Vitaly Ustymenko for the fight against corruption. In 2020, the laureates were the head of the “ZMINA” Center for Human Rights, Tetyana Pechonchyk, who advocates for freedom of speech and fights against torture and discrimination in occupied Crimea.  Also, Marta Chumalo is the co-founder of the organization “Women’s Perspectives” and is the leader of the campaign to create a shelter for women suffering from domestic violence. In 2021, the laureates were Oksana Romaniuk, executive director of the Institute of Mass Information, and Olena Shevchenko, head of the  organization «Insight», which defends the rights of LGBTI people and women.

Media Initiative for Human Rights (MIPL) was founded in September 2016 by journalists Maria Tomak and Olga Reshetylova. Immediately after the creation of the organization, the main activity of MIPL was journalistic investigations of human rights violations followed by advocacy support of cases. Currently, the MIPL combines monitoring and documentation of human rights violations in connection with the armed aggression of the Russian Federation, coverage, investigation of individual episodes, analysis of collected data and advocacy activities. For the team, it is important 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 appropriate response to them both at the national and international levels.



 

1 Comment
  • Hello,

    Congratulations!

    Bravo to all the 16 organizations of Ukraine 5 AM Coalition.

    I hope that your organization gets media coverage in France and elsewhere in the world that you so well deserve. Your work is invaluable.

    Your friend from abroad, in Canada.

Leave a comment

Your e-mail address will not be published. Mandatory fields are marked *

Similar posts
Advocacy
38 thousand missing Ukrainians: how to find and identify people

More than fifty diplomats took part in a special OSCE event, where the Media Initiative for Human Rights, for the first time since the beginning of Russia's war against Ukraine, raised the issue of missing Ukrainians. Apart from the MIHR and delegations of OSCE participating states, the discussion was attended by relatives of missing persons, the Coordination Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners of War, and the International Commission on Missing Persons.

16 May 2024

Advocacy
Russia’s persecution of civilian Ukrainians may be a crime against humanity — OSCE reveals new facts

The OSCE has presented a report on violations and abuses of international humanitarian and human rights law, war crimes, and crimes against humanity related to the arbitrary deprivation of liberty of civilian Ukrainians by the Russian Federation. The report was prepared by a mission of OSCE experts within the framework of the Moscow Mechanism, the launch of which the Media Initiative for Human Rights has been advocating for more than a year and a half. During the preparation of the document, the MIHR worked closely with the mission's experts, with facts about Russia's crimes documented by us becoming part of the report.

26 April 2024

Advocacy
The MIHR presented to the OSCE the results of the analysis on the rights and motivation of victims of war crimes

The Media Initiative for Human Rights continues its advocacy visit to the OSCE within the Supplementary Human Dimension Meetings framework. Analyst Lyubov Smachylo and Head of the War Crimes Courts Monitoring Department Oksana Rasulova participated in the event "Challenges of establishing justice in Ukraine for victims of war crimes and their motivation at the national level," organized by the MIHR.

24 April 2024

More articles
Our social media
Relevant publications
More articles
War and justice
We call on the Verkhovna Rada not to adopt draft law № 7033-d, which limits access to court decisions

On May 2, 2024, the Parliamentary Legal Committee reviewed and endorsed draft law No. 7033-д for parliamentary consideration. This draft law limits access to information and decisions within the register of court decisions, which hold substantial public interest and are crucial for public oversight of law enforcement activities. The proposed changes undermine the principles of a democratic society and contradict Ukraine’s commitments to European integration.

16 May 2024

Advocacy
38 thousand missing Ukrainians: how to find and identify people

More than fifty diplomats took part in a special OSCE event, where the Media Initiative for Human Rights, for the first time since the beginning of Russia's war against Ukraine, raised the issue of missing Ukrainians. Apart from the MIHR and delegations of OSCE participating states, the discussion was attended by relatives of missing persons, the Coordination Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners of War, and the International Commission on Missing Persons.

16 May 2024

Prisoners of war
57th Brigade Soldiers Missing in Action: Heavy Combat, Death, Captivity, and the Search

On the very first day of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the entire territory of the Luhansk region became a battlefield. At that time, the soldiers of the 57th Separate Motorized Infantry Brigade, named after the Kish Otaman Kost Hordiienko, were stationed in the area of Triokhizbenka. A significant number of the brigade's soldiers were captured during that period, and most of them are still held by the Russians, with some considered missing in action. Since then, many families of the 57th Brigade soldiers have been struggling to find and bring back their loved ones. On the second anniversary of the fierce battles for the towns of Novotoshkivka and Toshkivka in Luhansk, MIHR tells the stories of several soldiers of this brigade who are missing in action.

10 May 2024

More articles