The Real Price of Coal in the Wartime Donbas: a Human Rights Perspective

The research was published to spark a broad discussion in the society on real economic, environmental and social consequences of coal mining in Donbas during wartime. The publication is the final outcome of the research, based on information collected during a monitoring visit to Ukraine-controlled territories of Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts, expert interviews, as well as on information received from public agencies and open sources.

The collected evidence attests to numerous violations of social, labor and environmental rights, restricted personal fulfillment opportunities among the locals and lack of inclusiveness in the regional economic institutes. The report authors recommend taking measures designed to resolve key problems caused by the coal mining industry and to foster conditions for gradual transition to renewable energy sources.

The research was carried out by Eastern-Ukrainian Center for Civic Initiatives in collaboration with partner organizations — members of the coalition of civic organizations and initiatives “Justice for Peace in Donbas” with the support of Heinrich Boell Foundation Regional Office in Ukraine.

The views expressed in this report solely belong to its authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of individual member organizations of the Coalition of Civic Organizations and Initiatives “Justice for Peace in Donbas” or Heinrich Boell Foundation Regional Office in Ukraine.

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