The January Issue of the Legal Alert focuses on the following:
Parliament Passed Law Governing State Policy on Temporary Occupied Territories in Donetsk and Luhansk Regions
Draft Law on Legal Status of Disappeared Person has Passed the First Parliamentary Hearing
The Cabinet has Increased Monthly Housing Benefits for IDPs
IDPs are now Entitled to Temporary Housing
The Cabinet has adopted State Program on Restoration and Development of Peace in the Eastern Regions
- World's fist comprehensive evidence-based assessment report on land degradation will be launched in March 2018
- Best-available evidence for decision makers to make informed decisions to halt & reverse land degradation
- Prepared by more than 100 leading international experts from 45 countries over 3 years
- Draws on more than 3,000 scientific papers, Government reports, indigenous and local knowledge & other sources
- Improved by over 7,300 comments from more than 200 external reviewers, including Governments
December issue of the Legal Alert focuses on the following:
Increase in Minimal Living Wage and Minimal Salary Rates
The Cabinet has Presscribed a Form for Technical Inspections Act for Living Premises
The Court has Quashed Cabinet Resolution No. 365 on the Ground of Discrimination of IDPs
The Cabinet has Adopted IDP Integration and Durable Solutions Strategy
RSF round-up: these figures are alarming
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is releasing its annual round-up of violence and abuses against journalists throughout the world. A total of 65 journalists were killed in 2017, 326 are currently in prison, and 54 are held hostage.
The 65 journalists who were killed were either fatally injured in the course of their work (for example, in an artillery bombardment) or were murdered because their reporting angered someone. The murdered reporters were the majority – 60% of the total figure.
Security situation: In November 2017, OHCHR recorded 25 conflict-related civilian casualties: 5 people killed and 20 injured. 68% of all civilian casualties are mine-related.
Mine Action: On November 5, one child was reportedly killed and two more injured due to an unexploded ordinance detonation at a school in Staromykhailivka (Donetsk region, NGCA).
On November 16, pupils were evacuated from a school in Kremenivka (Donetsk region, GCA), as an unexploded ordinance was found in the school yard.
NATO has successfully completed a three-year project to clear unexploded ordnance from an ammunition depot in central Georgia. A closing ceremony for the Georgia IV NATO Trust Fund project was held on 7 November 2017 in Tbilisi, attended by more than 70 guests including NATO and partner nations’ Ambassadors and Defence Attaches, as well as senior NATO and Georgian Government representatives.
Security situation: In October 2017, OHCHR recorded 24 conflict-related civilian casualties: 5 killed and 19 injured. In October, mine-related incidents accounted for almost 67% of civilian casualties.
Food insecurity levels doubled in both GCA and NGCA with up to 1.2 million people found to be moderately and severely food insecure.
Cash or voucher value has been increased from UAH 550 to UAH 700 per person/month from October onwards to reflect the increase in food prices.
The conflict has threatened to unravel much of Ukraine’s progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, especially in the east, which has one of the highest rates of HIV and tuberculosis in Europe.
The main protection issues covered in the legal alert are:
Law on Local Government in NGCA is Extended by 12 months, with a Provision for Possibility of UN Peace Keeping Mission
Presidential Draft Law, with Significant Bearing on the Status of NGCA, has Passed the 1st Parliamentary Hearing
Draft IDP Integration & Durable Solutions Strategy is Set for Public Discussion
Ukraine has ratified Protocols No. 15 and 16 to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)
From January to August 2017, WFP assisted 144,500 beneficiaries including 17,000 through cash-based transfers (CBT), and 127,500 through in-kind food assistance.
Humanitarian access to NGCA remains challenging, WFP continues to operate through local and international partners addressing the needs of those severely food insecure. In Luhansk NGCA, activities will be terminated in mid-September due to imposed limitations by de-facto authorities to conduct monitoring of food assistance as per WFP requirements.
In today’s world, gaps in wealth have grown shockingly wide. Billions of people linger at the bottom, denied their human rights and prospects for a better life. At the top, resources and privileges accrue at explosive rates, pushing the world ever further from the vision of equality embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Security situation: In September 2017, OHCHR recorded 18 conflict-related civilian casualties: 2 killed and 16 injured.
Mine Action: On September 11, one civilian was killed in an explosion in Mariupol (Donetsk region, GCA), reportedly as a result of mishandling of explosive ordinances.
According to DRC/DDG, since June 2014, 430 people have been killed and 881 injured in mine related incidents.
September issue of the Legal Alert, focuses on the following:
Affordable Housing Program for IDPs and military veterans: legal procedure is adopted
No more OschadBank monopoly on IDP social payments; reduced verification; increase in size and range of payments
New Presidential Decree on Border Control: Introducing biometric control, obligatory e-mail declaration, and putting the Russian Federation on migration risk list
One of the three Crimean checkpoints is to be closed