Sweden has signed a cooperation agreement with the Center for Civil Liberties, a non-governmental organization which aims to promote human rights in Ukraine, for the total amount of support of 70,000 Euro for 12 months.

Sweden will provide institutional support to the organization, including consultancy, mentoring, capacity enhancement and financial support to boost its strategy and programmatic activities, the Swedish Embassy reported.

“I am happy to announce this support to the Center for Civil Liberties, which is a continuation of the long-standing Swedish support to important civil society organizations in Ukraine. Ukraine has a strong and independent civil society community, which in many cases has been able to establish an effective dialogue with different state actors. We know from our own experience how instrumental such cooperation is for the development of a country, and we are glad to be able to contribute to this,” said Martin Hagström, Ambassador of Sweden to Ukraine.

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Aiming to facilitate EU approximation and contribute to a stronger, more effective and sustainable civil society in Ukraine, Sweden has already provided institutional support to such non-governmental organizations as Center UA, Center for Democracy and Rule of Law, Gurt Resource Center for NGOs, the Think Tanks Development Initiative and the Reanimation Package of Reforms civic coalition.

Center for Civil Liberties was founded in 2007 as human rights civil society organization. Its main activities include encouraging human rights-related reforms, establishing public oversight over law enforcement and rule of law bodies, documenting cases of political prosecution in Crimea and internal war crimes in Donbas.