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Права людини в Україні: Паралельний захід з представниками громадянського суспільства та Офісу Омбудсмана під час Універсального періодичного огляду

Права людини в Україні: Паралельний захід з представниками
громадянського суспільства та Офісу Омбудсмана під час
Універсального періодичного огляду
27 лист. 2017

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credit: Stéphanie St-Laurent Brassard / UNDP in Ukraine

In November 2017, Ukraine underwent its
3rd Universal Periodic Review of human rights
at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. With this occasion,
the United Nations Development Program supported a number of
civil society organizations and the Ukrainian Ombudsperson in
organizing a side-event to discuss the challenges that the
country has faced since the 2014 Revolution of Dignity and the
onset of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

As delegations from several countries were gathering at the
Palais des Nations, the Human Right Commissioner (also
known as Ombudsperson), Valeryia Lutkovska, drew attention to
the National Human Rights Strategy implementation. She
presented the results of the
Human Rights Baseline study and outlined people’s awareness
and perceptions of human right issues in the country. “The
human right that Ukrainians assign the highest priority to, as
a matter of personal significance, is the right to life”, said
the Ombudsperson.

Justice
for Peace in Donbas is a coalition of civil society
organizations. Their representative Volodymyr Shcherbachenko
spoke at the event about ill-detention conditions, sexual
violence perpetrated in eastern Ukraine, and involvement of
children in armed groups. Together with statistics, pictures
and video testimonies, Mr Shcherbachenko also presented a
number of recommendations for authorities to comply with
international legislation and protect and prevent vulnerable
groups affected by the conflict.

Concerns raised during the discussions were in several cases
linked to the country’s instability. This includes loss of
citizenship, administrative problems for the estimated 1.5
million internally displaced persons (IDPs), and lack of access
to public services such as housing, as noted by the
representative of the Commissioner for the observance of the
right of the IDPs, Zhanna Lukyanenko. A representative of the
NGO ‘’Group of Influence’’, Tetyana Durnyeva, emphasized the
importance of IDPs public participation and active involvement
as leaders in their community, advocating for their right to
vote to be recognized. 

Finally, as the government is going through highly-mediatized
judicial reforms, people are demanding for an end to impunity,
especially related to corruption crimes. Civil societies
organizations such as the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union
are suggesting to involve civil actors in the transitional
justice and law enforcement process. “Consolidated efforts of
the state and civil society sector could lead to creating a
joint, nation-wide database establishing a comprehensive and
objective record of the human right situation in Ukraine”, said
Ksenia Semyorkina of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union.

Back ground information:

This informational meeting was organized by the Ombudsperson
Office in collaboration with the United Development Program
funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.