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Ukraine: Supporting Public Oversight

Event focuses on ways to ensure the transparency of state investigative body.
By IWPR
  • The February 1-2 event was held within the framework of the IWPR’s three-year From the Borderland to the Steppes: Giving Voice, Driving Change project, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Photo: IWPR Ukraine)
    The February 1-2 event was held within the framework of the IWPR’s three-year From the Borderland to the Steppes: Giving Voice, Driving Change project, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Photo: IWPR Ukraine)
  • The February 1-2 event was held within the framework of the IWPR’s three-year From the Borderland to the Steppes: Giving Voice, Driving Change project, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Photo: IWPR Ukraine)
    The February 1-2 event was held within the framework of the IWPR’s three-year From the Borderland to the Steppes: Giving Voice, Driving Change project, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Photo: IWPR Ukraine)
  • The February 1-2 event was held within the framework of the IWPR’s three-year From the Borderland to the Steppes: Giving Voice, Driving Change project, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Photo: IWPR Ukraine)
    The February 1-2 event was held within the framework of the IWPR’s three-year From the Borderland to the Steppes: Giving Voice, Driving Change project, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Photo: IWPR Ukraine)

Activists and journalists were trained how to best support public oversight of Ukraine’s newest law enforcement body at a Kiev workshop held by IWPR partner StateWatch.

The State Bureau of Investigations of Ukraine (SBI), which has seven regional departments, was launched in the autumn of 2018 to investigate criminal cases involving senior officials, law-enforcement officers and judges. Its remit even extends to war crimes, and its establishment was part of Ukraine’s obligations for Council of Europe membership.

The February 1-2 event was held within the framework of the IWPR’s three-year From the Borderland to the Steppes: Giving Voice, Driving Change project, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 “Such training workshops provide us with more knowledge and a better understanding of what changes we are to face today and tomorrow, how to adapt to them and how we can help facilitate them in the regions,” said Khrystyna Zelinska, an activist from the Anticorruption Platform centre in Ivano-Frankivsk. 

As part of the workshop, StateWatch lawyer Volodymyr Petrakovskyi explained the SBI’s role, authority and history as well as which criminal cases are subject to local investigations. Yevgen Krapyvin, an expert with the Association of Ukrainian Human Right Monitors on Law Enforcement, covered practical aspects of public oversight over the law enforcement authorities.

Kateryna Butko, from the AutoMaydan NGO, showed the workshop how best to monitor candidates for investigators and civil servants, while journalists Oleh Novikov from Slovo I Dilo and Vlad Krasinskyi from RBC-Ukraine shared their own best practices for scrutinising investigations.

The workshop was attended by SBI deputy director Oleksandr Buryak and Denys Monastyrskyi, a member of the external commission that selects candidates for SBI management positions.

Buryak promised attendees that the SBI and all its employees will cooperate fully with all measures to ensure transparency.

This publication was prepared under the "Giving Voice, Driving Change - from the Borderland to the Steppes Project" implemented with the financial support of the Foreign Ministry of Norway.