UCSJ Partners


Moscow Helsinki Group

Moscow Helsinki Group (MHG) is a multi-profile human rights organization, it implements monitoring of the situation with human rights in Russian regions, protects vulnerable groups of people and human rights defenders, promotes human rights ideas, assists the society in increasing public control over the authorities by civil organizations and human rights defenders. MHG is the eldest human rights organization in Russia.  Since its creation in 1976 MHG identified human rights violations and adopted the measures to ensure compliance with international obligations in the field of human rights undertaken by the Russian Federation.  MHG is doing everything possible to strengthen and promote civil society in Russia, providing full and diversified promotion of human rights and social movement in the Russian Federation.

Youth Human Rights Movement

Youth Human Rights Movement is the community created under the International Project - Youth Human Rights Movement. The project was born on August 8, 1998, and its main mission was to create and support a new generation of young human rights defenders and civil society activists.  It unites human rights defenders and civil society activists from around the world in a network of more than a thousand people and organizations joint to solve social problems and support each other. YHRM is the space for growth and development of beginners and experienced social actors.

sova center for information and analysis

SOVA Center for Information and Analysis is a Russian nonprofit organization founded in 2002 to conduct informational and research work on issues of nationalism and xenophobia, relations between the churches and the secular society, and political radicalism. SOVA Center  works in the field of human rights in general and in safeguarding liberal democracy in Russian Federation. The SOVA Center monitors and performs reviews on misuse of anti-extremism legislation, publishes annual reports on racism and xenophobia in Russian regions, and monitors freedom of conscience in Russia.  

Center for civil liberties

Center for Civil Liberties (CCL) is a Ukrainian nonprofit organizations, was founded in Kyiv in 2007 to promote and implement the values of human rights in Ukraine and on the territories of the newly independent states.  CCL encourages realization of the reforms concerning human rights; assists in establishment of public control over the actions of law enforcement organs, judges, and local self-government bodies; documents cases of political persecution in the Crimea and international crimes in the Donbas;  performs enlightenment activities for promoting the values of human rights; participates in different programs of international solidarity.


the together plan

The Together Plan empowers communities in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe to learn how to help themselves. It helps communities to see what can be achieved collectively, and work with community members to develop skills and provide training necessary to realize their vision.  The Together Plan helps communities to set up and run projects which community members of all ages can benefit from and participate in. At the same time, it promotes responsible and transparent leadership, which is vital to develop the genuine friendship and trust necessary for a community’s survival. Ultimately, the communities will become self-sufficient both financially and in their activities – at which point we will step back, watching the community go from strength to strength. The following article is a deep dive into one of their projects. https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/a-moment-for-truth-pioneering-holocaust-remembrance-in-belarus/

international helsinki association for human rights

International Helsinki Association for Human Rights (IHAHR) established  by human rights activists from different countries for joint action in the OSCE region (USA, Canada, Europe, the former Soviet Union).  IHAHR strengthens security and cooperation, respect for human rights and democratic values in the regions through the efforts of civil society.  It bases the activities on the principles set out the Final Act on Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Conference held in Helsinki in 1975, and considers itself as part of the International Helsinki movement in defense of human rights.  IHAHR provides assistance to the development of the human rights movement, protection of human rights, promotion of human rights ideas, strengthening control over the activities of the authorities.  IHAHR intends developing cooperation with governments and intergovernmental organizations, activists, and human rights organizations from North America, Europe, and Eurasia.  The IHAHR secretariat is located in Kyiv, Ukraine.

action for post-soviet JEWRY

Action for Post-Soviet Jewry (APSJ) s a non-profit organization dedicated to rebuilding the Jewish Community in Eastern Europe and providing general humanitarian aid to those in need. Created in 1975 to help Jews living in the Soviet Union emigrate to the US and Israel.  After the fall of communism in 1991, the borders were opened and Jews were free to leave.  As much as half of the Jewish population in the Soviet Union chose to live in Israel or the US, a sign of how hard life was for them.  Realizing that many who stayed behind were living in poverty and isolation, Action renamed itself "Action for Post-Soviet Jewry" and went to work strengthening the Jewish community and providing food, medicine, clothing and other assistance where needed.

association of jewish organizations and communities of ukraine

Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine (VAAD) was created on January 14 1991. The Association is a part of interstate Jewish Confederation - the VAAD (CIS), the European Council of Jewish Communities, the European and Eurasian Jewish Congresses, the founder of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine.