Yevgen Zakharov

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Jevgen Yukhymovych Zakharov
Jevgen Zakharov on a rally in Kharkiv.
BornJevgeniy Zakharov
(1952-11-12) 12 November 1952 (age 65)
Kharkiv, Ukraine
ResidenceKharkiv, Ukraine
Other namesJevhen Zakharov
Alma materKharkiv National University
OccupationDirector of Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
Years active2011–present

Yevgen Yukhymovych Zakharov (born 12 November 1952) is a Ukrainian human rights activist.


  • August 1998 – first school on monitoring human rights, Helsinki Foundation (Warsaw)
  • September 1996 – participant of the USIA’s International Visitors Program “Development of Democracy in Multiethnic Societies” (USA)
  • September 1991 – second summer school on human rights, Helsinki Foundation (Warsaw)
  • 1982-1985 – post graduate student of the Rostov institute railway engineers
  • 1985 – Cand. Sci.(Technology)
  • 1970-1975 – Kharkiv National University, faculty of mechanics and mathematics
  • 1960-1970 – secondary school, Kharkiv

Working activities[edit]

  • Since February 1997 to date – executive director of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group, editor-in-chief of the weekly «Prava Ludyny» (“Human Rights”) and quarterly «Freedom of Expression and Privacy».
  • 1993-1997 – editor-in-chief of the journal “Human Rights in Ukraine” (edition of the Ukrain-ian-American Bureau on Human Rights Protection, since 1993 21 issues has been published)
  • 1987-1993 – Head of the Bureau on automation of design of electric machines and apparatus of the “Kharkiv Electro-Mechanical Plant”
  • 1975-1987 – an engineer-mathematician, Special Design Bureau of Electric Motors, Kharkiv

Public Activities:

Civic activities[edit]

Yevgen Zakharov (April 2013)

17 November 2006 several Ukrainian NGOs proposed him to be elected as ombudsman. As a result of civic campaign[1] he was officially nominated as ombudsman and voted in Ukrainian Parliament. He lost to Nina Karpachova.

28 January 2012 Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union suggested him for a position of ombudsman again.

7 February 2012 opposition in Ukrainian Parliament decided to nominate him for ombudsman.

15 March 2012 Ukrainian Parliament could not elect an ombudsman. Zakharov received 132 votes.


11 scientific articles on applied mathematics and design of electric machines (1976-1985) and more than 200 publications devoted to human rights, civil society and history of political repressions in the Soviet Union and Ukraine. Publications were printed in Ukraine, Russia, the USA, Canada, Germany, France, Lithuania, Poland, Norway, Denmark (1987-2010).

His works include

  • Ukraine Genocide Analysis[2]
  • Respect for economic, social and cultural rights in Ukraine[4]
  • Selected decisions of the European Court of Human Rights of Ukraine - 2006[5]
  • Human rights - my personal opinion 2000[6]

His was referenced in 2008 Human Rights Reports: Ukraine[7]


  1. Laureate of Vasyl Stus Prize, January 2012[8]
  2. Member of the Order of Liberty Member of the Order of Liberty, October 2008.[9]
  3. The Independent Cultural Journal “Ї” Award «For Intellectual Courage», December 2007