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This report is based on research conducted in Ukraine in April 2003 by Jane Buchanan, researcher in the Europe and Central Asia division of Human Rights Watch, and Johanna Bjorken, consultant to the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch. It was written by Jane Buchanan. It was edited by LaShawn Jefferson, director of the Women’s Rights division, Rachel Denber, deputy director of the Europe and Central Asia division, Widney Brown, deputy program director, and James Ross, senior legal advisor. Veronika Leila Szente Goldston, advocacy director for the Europe and Central Asia division, also contributed important commentary. Assistance was provided by Emily Letts and Leslie Smith, associates for the Europe and Central Asia division. Lidiya Nychyk, Angelika Bykadorova, and Maria Sonevytsky, interns with the Europe and Central Asia division of Human Rights Watch, and Naureen Mirza, intern with the Women’s Rights division of Human Rights Watch contributed invaluable research support.

Human Rights Watch also thanks our Ukrainian colleagues, without whom we would not have been able to conduct research for this report. Special thanks goes to Luba Maksymovych, Marta Chumalo, Halyna Fedkovich, and Olya Harasymiv, of the West Ukrainian Center “Women’s Perspective,” and to Oleksandra Rudneva of the Kharkiv Center for Women’s Studies. We would also like to thank Inga Kononenko, who translated this report into Ukrainian, and Lena Kutyk, Nataliya Bak, Anastasia Nanaeva, and Eugene Zelenko for their hard work and assistance. Human Rights Watch wishes to thank Bloomberg L.P. and the Bernard Osher Foundation for their generous support of this work.

Human Rights Watch

Europe and Central Asia Division

Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world.

We stand with victims and activists to bring offenders to justice, to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom and to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime.

We investigate and expose human rights violations and hold abusers accountable.

We challenge governments and those holding power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law.

We enlist the public and the international community to support the cause of human rights for all.

The staff includes Kenneth Roth, executive director; Michele Alexander, development director; Rory Mungoven, advocacy director; Carroll Bogert, communications director; John T. Green, operations director, Barbara Guglielmo, finance director; Lotte Leicht, Brussels office director; Patrick Minges, publications director; Maria Pignataro Nielsen, human resources director; Joe Saunders, interim program director; Wilder Tayler, legal and policy director; and Joanna Weschler, United Nations representative. Jonathan Fanton is the chair of the board. Robert L. Bernstein is the founding chair.

Its Europe and Central Asia division was established in 1978 to monitor and promote domestic and international compliance with the human rights provisions of the 1975 Helsinki Accords. It is affiliated with the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights, which is based in Vienna, Austria. Elizabeth Andersen is the executive director; Rachel Denber is the deputy director; Veronika Leila Szente Goldston is the advocacy director; Alexander Anderson, Matilda Bogner, Jane Buchanan, Julia Hall, Bogdan Ivanisevic, Diederik Lohman, Acacia Shields, and Jonathan Sugden are researchers; Anna Neistat is the Moscow office director; Alexander Petrov is the Deputy Moscow office Director; Julie Chadbourne, Demetra Kasimis, and Marie Struthers are consultants; Liudmila Belova, Giorgi Gogia, Emily Letts, Dorit Radzin, Leslie Smith, and Ole Estein Solvang are associates. Peter Osnos is the chair of the advisory committee and Alice Henkin is vice chair.

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August 2003