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Diana Berg

Tu Space and Tu art-group

Diana Berg is a woman human rights defender from Donetsk, Ukraine. In 2014, after the Euromaidan, she initiated the pro-Ukrainian movement in Donetsk. The woman human rights defender founded the Platform Tu Space and Tu art-group, which focuses on the centre of social changes and the promotion of human rights and freedoms through art and culture. Platform Tu Space is the only grassroots movement in eastern Ukraine and through its initiatives addresses gender inequality, discrimination, ultra-right radicalism, paternalism, refugees, totalitarian propaganda, and human rights and freedoms.

Before the escalation of the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine and the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula by the Russian Federation, the key concerns regarding the situation of human rights defenders (HRDs) in Ukraine were characterised mainly by systemic impediments to the rights to freedom of assembly, association, and personal liberty. In many cases, HRDs were subjected to intimidation, harassment, and attacks, while violence against journalists was tolerated by the authorities. The situation was exacerbated by pervasive corruption in all branches of government and limitations on workers’ rights to strike.