Ukraine must do more to protect civilians living close to the conflict contact line

By Beatrice Godefroy and Suleiman Mamutov On July 22, 2020, representatives from Ukraine, Russia, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) agreed to implement an enhanced ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. In the months that followed, ceasefire violations significantly decreased and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights reported zero conflict-related civilian casualties resulting from…

Training on Negotiations, Communication, and Dialogue Facilitation: Developing the Capacity of Civilians and CIMIC Officers to Engage in Productive Dialogue in Conflict-Affected Ukraine

Training on Negotiations, Communication, and Dialogue Facilitation: Developing the Capacity of Civilians and CIMIC Officers to Engage in Productive Dialogue in Conflict-Affected Ukraine To ensure effective facilitation of civil-military dialogues in the conflict-affected communities of eastern Ukraine, CIVIC conducted a course on negotiations, communication, and dialogue facilitation based on the Harvard Negotiation Project method. Training…

The Way to Become Good Neighbors: Why and how civilians and the military need to better coexist in Eastern Ukraine

This post is co-authored by Yevheniia Korotka and Suleiman Mamutov Armed conflicts entail a long list of risks and losses for those who do not directly participate in the hostilities: civilians. To lower these risks, parties to armed conflicts should create and promote an environment that is conducive to the protection of civilians. Issues that…

Being Caught in Conflict: To Stay or Go?

At CIVIC, we know that better protection begins with understanding. Strategies to respond to and address civilian harm and protection must account for specific needs if they are to be effective. Among the insights on our VOICES blog, we share stories of civilians in conflict to illuminate experiences from a variety of geographies, backgrounds, ages,…