GIWPS hosted a discussion on fighting for human rights in Crimea featuring activist, filmmaker, and former political prisoner Oleg Sentsov. He was joined by Andrey Kurkov, the president of PEN Ukraine, and Maria Tomak of Media Initiative for Human Rights. The panel discussion was moderated by Ambassador John Tefft, Former United States Ambassador to Lithuania, Georgia, Ukraine, and Russia.
This event aimed to inspire a greater understanding of the state of human rights in Crimea, galvanize strong support for these courageous activists, and convene key stakeholders committed to the protection and promotion of human rights. It brought together distinguished policymakers, U.S. government officials, members of the Ukrainian diaspora, and other interested parties from the Washington D.C. community.
The event was co-sponsored by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, PEN America, U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, and Georgetown University’s Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies.