Nina Karpachova

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Nina Karpachova
Ніна Карпачова
Ombudsman of Ukraine
In office
Preceded by post created
Succeeded by Valeriya Lutkovska
Personal details
Born Nina Ivanivna Karpachova
(1957-08-12) August 12, 1957 (age 59)
Ceadîr-Lunga, Gagauzia, Moldavian SSR
Nationality Ukrainian
Political party Party of Regions
Other political
Alma mater Kiev University
Occupation politician, administrator

Nina Karpachova (Ukrainian: Ніна Іванівна Карпачова; born 12 August 1957, Ceadîr-Lunga) is a Ukrainian lawyer and politician. She has been Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights[1] since 1998.

Before politics[edit]

Karpachova attended Kiev University and completed a post-graduate course of the Academy of Social Sciences in Moscow (1991).

Political career[edit]


She was elected a deputy in the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada (parliament) in 1994 for the Alushta No. 28 single-member electoral district in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea as independent.

Human rights[edit]

Soon after her election she was appointed deputy head of parliament's committee for human rights, national minorities and international relations. Karpachova has been active in adopting international human rights standards into national legislation.

Karpachova has headed a number of governmental and parliamentary delegations of Ukraine at international and European conferences on human rights issues. In 1995 she coordinated parliamentary hearings for Ukraine's ratification process of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. On her initiative the National Centre of the Adoption of Orphan Children was established in 1996 under the Ministry of Education.


Karpachova is the author of four draft laws adopted by parliament:

  • Adoption of Orphan Children (part of the Marriage and Family Code)
  • Judicial Procedure of the Adoption of Orphan Children (part of the Civil Procedure Code)
  • Law on the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Article 1241 of Criminal Code, establishing criminal liability for trafficking in human beings

Other posts[edit]

From 1996 to 1998, Karpachova was vice-president of the World Congress of Ukrainian Lawyers, when she was appointed the first Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights. In 1999 she also was named head of the National Coordination Council for the Prevention of Trafficking in Human Beings. She became a member of the European Ombudsman Institute in 1999 and the International Ombudsman Institute in 2000.


Karpachova is one of the most influential woman in Ukraine according to the Ukrainian magazine Focus. She placed among the top 10 most influential women in 2006, 2009, and 2010.[2]


  1. ^ Ombudsperson Karpachova asks to release Lutsenko from detention center, Kyiv Post (May 10, 2011)
  2. ^ рейтинг влиятельных женщин Украины

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