In response to the recent attacks on women rights activists and ahead of the expected trial of one of those activists, Olena Shevchenko, on Thursday, Amnesty International Ukraine’s Director, Oksana Pokalchuk, said:
“By prosecuting Olena Shevchenko, the Ukrainian authorities have underscored just how far they are willing to pander to the far-right groups whose threats and violence marred International Women’s Day protests across the country".
“The ugly scenes we saw in court once again prove that the Ukrainian authorities are failing to protect women rights activists from far-right violence, whether coming from organised movements, informal networks or individuals. It’s giving rise to a deeply troubling situation where radicals believe they can assault, threaten and humiliate women with total impunity.”
This year in Ukraine, the Women’s Marches on International Women’s Day were marred by extreme right-wing violence against peaceful demonstrators. The attacks took place during and following the demonstrations in Kyiv, Lviv and Uzhgorod.