Kharkiv Institute for Social Research (KhISR)

– non-profit and non-governmental organization, founded on March 10th, 1999. The Institute is independent from influence of any bodies and organizations, both public and private.

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Institute’s Goal

  • the development of an open civil society and democracy;
  • respect for human rights and freedoms;
  • raising legal awareness of the Ukrainian citizens;

KhISR today is

More than 20 years of experience
More than 65 completed projects
More than 45 conducted researches
More than 90 organized seminars and trainings
12 employees, including 2 doctors of science and 4 candidates of science
More than 30 interns for every year
125 interviewers in all regions of Ukraine
58 own publications

KEY TOPICS of the Institute

Human rights in law-enforcement
Needs assessment and security issues in communities
Human rights violation prevention in custody settings
Social care/services reform
Counteraction to discrimination

KhISR has 5 directions of activity

Research activity

of KhISR is concentrated on sociological researches on important social issues.

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Methodical work

of the Institute concerns development of training manuals on the interaction between citizens and state authorities (police, social, medical, etc.).

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Information and training activities

are aimed at human rights in the custodial settings and applies to people under the custody of the state, and the staff of these places (boarding schools, jails, police stations, psychiatric hospitals, etc.).

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Expert activity

related to the implementation of projects aimed at democratization of police and increase the impact of public control over law-enforcement.

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Monitoring activity

aimed at implementing the requirements of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) in Ukraine.

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Donors of KhISR


The Institute has an experience in project implementation in the cooperation with governmental and non-governmental organizations:



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