Civil Rights Defender of the Year 2024: Mariia Sulialina, Ukraine

For her exceptional resilience and dedication to human rights, democracy and children’s right to determine their own future, Mariia Sulialina from Ukraine is awarded the Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award 2024.

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For the children’s right to shape their own future

Ukrainian human rights defender Mariia Sulialina gives voice to the Ukrainian children in the occupied territories who are subjected to indoctrination and militarization and who are at risk of deportation to Russia. She fights for children’s rights and freedoms and, together with her organisation Almenda, carries out the invaluable work of documenting war crimes in order to bring those responsible to justice.

Thank you Mariia Sulialina, for being a source of hope for a democratic and free Ukraine.