Over 1.3 million people forced from Donbas and Crimea need a decent law

Ukrainian human rights organizations have addressed an appeal to the country’s legislators to enable swift passage of a bill urgently needed to help people forced from their homes by Russia’s invasion of Crimea and military conflict in Donbas. | detail

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New government ruling makes life for displaced people even harder

Human rights activists have criticized a resolution passed by Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers on March 4 as unconstitutional and discriminatory, and say that it likens internally displaced people [IDP] from Crimea and Donbas to criminals. | detail

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Kyrgyz journalist persecuted for supporting Maidan refused asylum in Ukraine

Ilya Lukash, a Kyrgyz national of Ukrainian descent, who organized pro-EuroMaidan demonstrations in Kyrgystan and fled persecution to Ukraine at the beginning of March 2014 has been refused asylum. | detail

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Russian journalist to seek political asylum in Ukraine

Before feeling pride that a Russian opposition blogger facing persecution at home has sought refuge in Ukraine, note that Ukrainian border guards initially tried to stop Dmitry Shipilov entering the country even after he lodged an application for asylum | detail

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Are calls to kill all Ukrainians not extremist?

Pavel Shekhtman, the Russian political activist who fled to Ukraine in recent days, has been added to Russia’s ‘register of terrorists and extremists’. The list includes Oleg Sentsov, but not Russian fascist ideologue Alexander Dugin whose call to “kill all Ukrainians” was more public and no less extreme than the Facebook comment made by Shekhtman. | detail

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Kuban Federalization activists who face persecution in Russia denied Ukrainian asylum

The Ukrainian Migration Service is reported to have turned down two activists’ asylum application despite very strong grounds for believing that they could be imprisoned on falsified charges if forced to return to Russia | detail

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Donetsk union official tries to throw refugees out into the freezing cold

Llocal official Leonid Bessarabov from the Donetsk Railway Union is trying to evict almost 100 women, children, pensioners and invalids from their shelter. He has met with determined resistance from Pastor Sergei Kosyak and others helping the displaced people who ask the media to publicize this monstrous attack on people in need of refuge and support. | detail

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Law on Internally Displaced Persons finally passed into Law

President Poroshenko has signed a law regulating the status and rights of people forced to leave their homes in the Crimea or Donbas. The law was long overdue even when adopted by parliament on Oct 20 and a month later the delay was simply incomprehensible | detail

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Donbas Ukrainians feel betrayed

The Ukrainian government has issued a blow to people living in areas under the control of Kremlin-backed militants.  That at least is how many view measures which could leave some of the most vulnerable people in Donbas without pensions, or access to hospitals, etc. | detail

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Kuban ‘federalization’ activist to receive asylum in Ukraine

Ukraine’s Migration Service looks set to provide refugee status to Viacheslav Martynov, one of three Russian activists placed on Russia’s List of Extremists and Terrorists for planning a peaceful march in support of greater federalization for Kuban | detail

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President and authorities make life even harder for displaced people

While the President is in no hurry to sign a vitally needed law on displaced persons, Ukraine’s Migration Service is continuing to hamper attempts by Crimeans forced to leave their homes to legitimize their position in mainland Ukraine. | detail

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Thousand Ukrainians leave fighting zone in the last 24 hours

Over 455 thousand people are registered as displaced, including 127,409 children | detail

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Finally! Law on Displaced Persons adopted

On Monday, Oct 20, the Verkhovna Rada passed a long-needed law on internally displaced persons. The bill was drawn up in cooperation with NGOs directly working with people forced to flee the Crimea or Donbas. | detail

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Displaced and disregarded

On Oct 14, the last day possible for adopting vital legislation on internally displaced people, civic activists staged a picket outside parliament but to no avail. Not one MP even came out to speak to them | detail

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Forced to flee then refused medical care

The government is continuing to delay adoption of vital legislation regulating IDP rights, procedure for obtaining assistance, etc. In the meantime, individual medical establishments are demanding that people pay or provide proof that they’re registered locally | detail

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Government drags feet on displaced persons law as winter approaches

With cold weather imminent and tens of thousands of people in need of help, the government has still not even passed a law on helping people forced to flee their homes. Human rights groups working directly with displaced people have issued an urgent appeal to speaker Oleksandr Turchynov to ensure that the draft bill is put to the vote on Tuesday | detail

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12 thousand displaced people still without proper winter accommodation

The overall number of people registered as internally displaced persons [IDP] comes to 330,984. | detail

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Russia plans fast-track removal of Ukrainian refugees to Siberia

A new Russian decree instructs the authorities in occupied Crimea, as well as 10 Russian regions to send refugees from Ukraine to parts of the RF under a ‘voluntary settlement’ programme Siberia is meant and there’s nothing voluntary about it. | detail

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Official: Nearly 40 thousand refugees have returned to Donbas

The head of the State Emergency Service has reported that for the first time people are returning to eastern Ukraine, rather than leaving the area where fighting has been underway | detail

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President vetoes flawed displaced persons law

President Poroshenko has vetoed the law on dealing with the ever-increasing number of people forced from their homes since Russia’s invasion of the Crimea, While this apparently heeds calls from human rights groups and activists working directly with displaced people, the recommended amendments will still leave many of the failings of the bill intact | detail

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