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21 Sep 2018 description

KYIV, 13 September – What are the recurring human rights issues faced by internally displaced persons? A recent sociological poll of internally displaced persons and service providers working with them confirmed that they face many socioeconomic challenges. These include need to submit additional documents and certificates, to confirm acts of civil status in courts and to undergo verification procedures, as well as the challenges that displaced people face due to relocation, that put IDPs in a more vulnerable position and sometimes means they face discrimination.

20 Sep 2018 description

Key findings

• 99.3% of older women and men rely on a pension as their main source of income
• 89.2% of older people have only one source of income
• Older people spend the majority of their income on medicines (55.8%) and food (26.2%)
• 19.8% of older people are in debt, including arrears on utilities

20 Sep 2018 description


A tense situation connected to military conflict in the eastern part of Ukraine led to an upsurge in civilian casualties and a worsening security situation for people living along or near the contact line as well as at checkpoints. This, coupled with the suspension of social benefits and pensions for hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs), many of whom constitute older people and people with disabilities, has led to a sharp deterioration in the humanitarian situation in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.

20 Sep 2018 description

Over the past decade, the number of wars has tripled and in 2016, more countries were experiencing violent conflict than at any time in nearly 30 years.

Wars can only be ended by the parties to the conflict and their supporters. An important part of ending war and restoring peace is the resolution of internal displacement caused by the conflict. And for that peace to last, internally displaced persons should participate in the process.

19 Sep 2018 description

Executive Summary

  1. This twenty-third report on the situation of human rights in Ukraine by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is based on the work of the United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU) , and covers the period from 16 May to 15 August 2018.

19 Sep 2018 description
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18 September 2018, Sumy - The “World of Happy Children” Psycho Social Rehabilitation Centre, a project supported by UNHCR and “Crimea SOS”, opens in Sumy with the aim to provide effective socialization support for children with mental challenges with application of modern inclusive approaches to enhance their quality of life.

19 Sep 2018 description
report International Alert


Bringing together the views of more than 100,000 people, the Peace Perceptions Poll sought to answer questions around how people experience and respond to violent conflict, and and how they think their government should respond to conflict.

More countries are experiencing violent conflict now than at any time in the past 30 years. People have been displaced from their homes at a rate not seen since the Second World War. The cost of conflict is currently estimated at US$1.04 trillion a year.

17 Sep 2018 description

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The importance of agriculture has increased markedly since the conflict and the loss of the main industrial areas and their markets for food products. Over 700,000 people live in rural areas and the two oblasts have over 950,000 IDPs who have moved from the NGCA. Donetsk has 1.6mln hectares of arable land and Luhansk 1.2mln hectares, which gives a total of 2.8mln hectares which is more than the entire arable land of Sweden. Rural households and small farms own over 80% of dairy cattle and produce over 80% of the fruit and vegetables.

14 Sep 2018 description
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13 Sep 2018 description
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  • Civilian casualties: In July-August OHCHR recorded 26 conflict-related civilian casualties (4 killed and 22 injured). Contamination of agricultural lands by mines and UXOs led to four casualties among agricultural workers.

12 Sep 2018 description

For the second year, a group of humanitarian organizations coordinate their action with the support of the European Commission to provide crucial aid to those affected by the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Kyiv 12th September 2018 - In eastern Ukraine, at the doors of the European Union, over 4.4 million people have been directly affected by hostilities, which are now well into their fifth year. 800,000 people have been displaced (many of whom frequently move across the contact line) and nearly 3,000 civilians have been killed.

12 Sep 2018 description
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UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency takes note of the decision of 4 September by the Supreme Court of Ukraine, ensuring hundreds of thousands of elderly, internally displaced people and residents of the non-government controlled areas (NGCA) in eastern Ukraine will have easily-available access to their pensions.

Before the ruling, burdensome logistical and legal requirements meant many vulnerable people were unable to receive their monthly payments. Less than half of the 1.2 million people claiming a pension in the NGCA in August 2014 were still doing so in July 2018.

10 Sep 2018 description
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KYIV (10 September 2018) – The United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine will present its second report on the human rights situation in Crimea. The report was prepared in accordance with UN General Assembly resolution 68/262, reaffirming the territorial integrity of Ukraine, and General Assembly resolutions 71/205 and 72/190, recognizing Crimea as a territory of Ukraine temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation. The report covers the period from 13 September 2017 to 30 June 2018.

07 Sep 2018 description

For hundreds of thousands of IDPs and other conflict-affected people, their state pension is the only form of income.

On September 4, 2018, the Grand Chamber of the Supreme Court of Ukraine upheld a landmark judgement to satisfy the claims of an internally displaced person from Donetsk region whose pension has been suspended since April 2017. The Ukrainian NGO “Right to Protection,” UNHCR’s partner organization, provided legal representation to the pensioner.

05 Sep 2018 description

This seminar encourages leadership and inspires young refugees and IDPs to engage more in community initiatives

Author: Kateryna Karpiuk in UNHCR, Kyiv, Ukraine | 5 Sep 2018

Empowering young people is built into the foundations of the Sustainable Development Goals, an ambitious global agenda to transform our world by 2030. When empowered and strong, young people can create better quality of life for themselves and their communities, and make their contribution to creating inclusive societies and a peaceful world.

31 Aug 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

Discriminatory Policies Restrict Older People’s Access to Pensions

(Kyiv) – Ukraine’s policy requiring pensioners from separatist-controlled parts of eastern Ukraine to leave and register as displaced persons in government-controlled areas to receive their pension is discriminatory, Human Rights Watch said today. It violates these older people’s rights and Ukraine’s legal obligations. Human Rights Watch urged the Ukrainian government to drop the requirement and create a fair process for older people living in eastern Ukraine to get their pensions.

27 Aug 2018 description
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Adopted Legislation
- Amendments to IDP-related by-laws on the targeted assistance
- Subvention to the local budgets in the East
- Facilitation of the legal assistance to the persons illegally deprived of their liberty
- Donbas informational reintegration strategy
- Funds allocated for the improvement of crossing conditions at the administrative boundary with Crimea

22 Aug 2018 description
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De-linking access to pensions from requirement to be registered as internal displaced person (hereinafter - IDP) for residents of non-Government controlled territories remains one of the main challenges in addressing the needs of all Ukrainian citizens regardless of their residence, ensuring correct calculation of the actual number of IDPs and upholding international human rights.