Center for Civil Liberties
Host Organization: Center for Civil Liberties
Organization Profile: 20 permanent employees and between 10-20 volunteers. Human/civil rights advocacy
Internship format: Virtual (Remote)
Department Profile: International relations, outreach, and partnership
The Center for Civil Liberties is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organization based in Kyiv, Ukraine.
The Center for Civil Liberties was established in 2007 in Kyiv. The organization is known for its work in:
- Promoting reforms in the field of the rule of law
- Aligning national legislation in accordance with human rights standards to meet EU and Council of Europe standards *(see for ex. the ratification of Istambul Convention 2022), the ICC Rome Statute adoption is one of our priorities.
- Documenting war crimes during the Russian armed aggression
- Conducting training on human rights and democracy
- Monitoring the activities of the police, courts and local self-government authorities.
From its foundation in 2007 until now CCL systematically mobilized a large number of volunteers and collaborated with various NGOs in order to unite forces and solve complex human rights problems of modern Ukraine in the face of mass civil disobedience and armed conflict. CCL witnessed the most important events of modern Ukrainian history, including the turbulent events of the Maidan protests (2014) and war in Donbas (2014-2022) and the full-scale Russian invasion.
The organization actively participates in international networks and solidarity actions for the protection of human rights in the OSCE region.
Before the start of the full-scale invasion, we had the experience of documenting war crimes in Donbas, and we also actively worked and are working towards the release of Kremlin hostages - these are Ukrainian political prisoners and civilian hostages held in Russia. We conducted extensive public campaigns #saveOlegSentsov and #PrisonersVoice, attracting the attention of the European community, which contributed to numerous releases.
The activities of the Center are aimed at protecting human rights and promoting democracy in Ukraine and the OSCE region. The organization is known for its work on improving legislation, implementing public control practices, conducting educational activities, and protecting persecuted people in the occupied territories of Crimea and Donbas.
Main task for the intern: Legal research, campaigns, and communications, communicating with international missions, and human rights NGOs.
Interns can choose to work on the following:
- Analytical work (monitoring, collection, and processing of information)
- Translation (from Ukrainian to English and vice versa)
- Work with graphic editors (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.)
- Organization of events
- Work with registers and databases
- Analysis and development of legislation
- Policy analysis
- Media analysis
- Development of communication materials (writing texts, creating content)
- SMM (Facebook) + SMM (Instagram)
- Video production (shooting, editing, writing video scripts, YouTube)
Number of Opening(s): 3-4 spots for volunteers present on site, physically and up to 10 online, remotely.
Work Hours and Internship Start/End Dates: (Monday to Friday, June 26– August 18, 2023): Full time/five days and 35-40 hours a week.
Work Attire: Casual. Formal clothing only for certain meetings and conference visits.
Local Language: Ukrainian, Russian
Not required: Local language is not required
Additional desired intern qualifications: Intern should be able to work independently.
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