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Oleh Sentsov at uOttawa

The International Commission of Justists Canada, the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) and the Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Ottawa cordially invite you to an event featuring the Ukrainian filmmaker and human rights activist Oleh Sentsov.

Oleh Sentsov, an internationally known documentary film director, was an active Maidan supporter, in Kyïv and his native Simferopol, Crimea. After the annexation in 2014, he was arrested on fabricated charges of “terrorism.” In contravention of international law, he was imposed Russian citizenship and sent to Russia, where he was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment. His arrest, trial, and punishment in Siberian prisons drew international condemnation. Mr Sentsov was released in 2019 as part of a exchange of prisoners between Russia and Ukraine.

The event, “A Conversation with Oleg Sentsov” will be moderated by John Packer, HRREC Director, and will feature Dominique Arel, Chair of Ukrainian Studies, and the Hon. Andriy Shevchenko, Ambassador of Ukraine to Canada. Mr Sentsov will be speaking in Russian, with consecutive translation into English. The question period will be conducted in English and French.

The event is co-sponsored by the Canadian Section of the International Commission of Jurists and is made possible thanks to the support of the Embassy of Ukraine to Canada and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.

It will be held on Wednesday, February 5, between 2.30-4.30 PM, in the HRREC Seminar Room, in Room 570 (5th Floor) of Fauteux Hall, 57 Louis Pasteur, on University of Ottawa Campus. The campus map can be accessed at Fauteux Hall is identified on the map as “FTX” and is located between University Private and Thomas More Private.

Since seating is limited, people interested in attending are strongly encouraged to freely pre-register by sending an email to the Chair of Ukrainian Studies (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The Human Rights Research and Education Centre can also be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..