Non-governmental Organization "Kharkiv Institute for Social Researches " (KhISR) was established on March, 10 1999. KhISR is non-profitable non-governmental organization. In its activity Institute is independent of any organizations’ or agencies’ influence both governmental and non-governmental.
At the current moment the structure of the Institute is consisting of a director, accountant, and several experts who are establishers of the institute. They are defining the development strategy of the institute, adopting financial solutions. For project implementation they are creating working groups which have a temporary character. In these working groups are involved highly skilled specialists in sphere of sociology, law and psychology, among them are 2 Full Doctors and 4 PhD Degrees. Experts of the Institute are being trained by specialists of Helsinki HR Foundation.
Human rights protection activity is playing a special role in the Institute’s functioning. Thus, since 2003 experts of the Institute are being consequently implemented different projects, directed of democratization of law-enforcement activity and improving of public control over law-enforcement agencies. In 2003 – 2004 due to financial support of the Council of Europe Program «Police and HR Beyond 2000», experts of the institute together with the expert of the Essex University Ralph Crowshow was conducted cycle of regional seminars for militia employees, in course of which the HR issues in law-enforcement activity were discussed.
Institute employees, together with colleagues from Kharkiv HR Protection Group participated in the project «Campaign against tortures in Ukraine», which conducted under support of the European Commission. Results of the sociology survey conducted by the Institute laid in the ground of the monograph «Unlawful violence in law-enforcement agencies: sociological, historical and legal analysis ».
Since 2004 Institute initiated a monitoring activity directed on the realization of an OPCAT. Established and coordinated by employees of the Institute mobile monitoring groups started to visit detention facilities of police stations and collect information about detention conditions. Since 2005 this activity obtained a national scale. In 2006 – 2014 Institute with financial support of OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine conducted 60 trainings, working meetings in course of which there was prepared a national monitor team of NGO representatives and police officials (more then 300 persons).
Institute’s activity is also directed on the created at Interior Ministry Civil Councils on HR issues. Experts of the Institute are providing methodical help to regional Councils, coordinating their activity, analyzing results of their work, providing necessary resources to Councils’ secretaries.
Institute employees are permanently involved in serious methodical work. Thus, for the last few years experts of the Institute has developed and published active training methods manual - «HR in militia activity», training manual «Investigative interviewing», practical manual «Mobile groups on HR protection monitoring in law-enforcement activity», preparing the edition of the practical manual for Civil Council members.
Among the project partners of the Institute: Kharkiv HR Protection Group, International Female HR Protection Center «La Strada - Ukraine», Polish Helsinki Foundation, La-Strada Ukraine, Kharkiv HR Protection Group, Sodruzhestvo, Odessa HR Protection Group “Veritas”, Vinnitsa HR Protection Group, Opora, Association of Ukraininan HR Monitors in Law-enforcement Agencies.
Institute activities for last two years sponsored by donors: Council of Europe, OSCE, International Renaissance Foundation, Danish Institute for Human Rights, British Council, Open Society Institute, USAID, National Endowment for Democracy.