First workshop on access to justice and administrative services for internally displaced persons in Ukraine

The Foundation started implementing a 16-month project on Access to Justice and Administrative Services for Victims of the Armed Conflict in Ukraine in September 2018

The aim of this German Federal Foreign Office funded project is to improve the quality of legal assistance provided to internally displaced people (IDPs) and to increase their access to justice when seeking state services. A key element of the project is to provide trainings for jurists assisting IDPs and for officials of local self-governance units dealing with IDPs.

The first workshop under this project took place on 19-20 December 2018 in Kyiv. The representatives of the office of Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights and the Coordination Centre for Legal Aid Provision attended the workshop. On behalf of the Foundation, a Senior Research Fellow took part.

The workshop covered international standards for the protection of IDPs, comparative experience of different countries and domestic legal provisions of Ukraine. The participants and the trainers outlined the challenges of implementation and sought ways of overcoming them. In particular, the practice-oriented workshop agenda addressed social protection of IDPs, issues related to housing and employment, the property restitution and compensation processes as well as examples of discriminatory practices. The agenda equally covered the issue of long-term durable solutions for IDPs.