Organisers: DOCUDAYS UA
Activists present a monitoring report by the Human Rights Information Centre titled The Situation on the Freedom of Association and Persecution of Civil Activists in Ukraine in 2017–2018. The report describes cases of physical violence against activists (including murder, beatings and property damage), fabricated criminal and administrative persecution, threats, surveillance and discreditation campaigns against civil activists.
The film Shut the Fuck Up, which was among the winners of the CIVIL PITCH: Civil Activist Films competition held by DOCUDAYS UA in 2018, tells the story of the 18-year-old activist Serhiy Chaharov. For his Facebook posts in 2017, he was attacked and threatened by a district councillor. Serhiy has been fighting against illegal construction and corruption in his village. For these activities, he receives threats, he is advised to ‘stay away from adult business’, and even finds an explosive device in his yard.
Taisiya Kutuzova, director of Shut the Fuck Up;
Serhiy Chaharov, the film’s protagonist, an anti-corruption activist from the village of Hatne, Kyiv Region;
Tetiana Pechonchyk, head of the Human Rights Information Centre.
Moderator: Yelyzaveta Sokurenko, journalist.