Ukraine: Nils Muižnieks wants action on internally displaced people

Human rights commissioner Nils Muižnieks has written to Ukraine’s Prime Minister to express concerns over the situation of the country’s internally displaced people.

“Internally displaced persons (IDPs), include women, children, and persons with disabilities, many of whom have been traumatised by hostilities,” Muižnieks reveals in his June letter to Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

The Commissioner for Human Rights’ letter follows his visit last month to Ukraine. He notes that the country’s response to “alarming rates” of internal displacement – including housing and food – had been made possible by a “generous solidarity of numerous individuals and non-governmental organisations but lacked effective policy at the central level.”

Muižnieks writes: “Such voluntary assistance can only be a short-term solution and is not sustainable. There is an acute need to develop a governmental strategy to provide durable solutions with regard to accommodation and opportunities for livelihood for those displaced persons who may not be in a position to return to their original place of residence in the months to come,”

“The government should establish a centralised state entity (or at least should appoint a senior official in the government) in charge of overall co-ordination of the humanitarian response to the IDP situation.

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