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26 September 201419:06

Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summarising the visit of the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, Chaloka Beyani, to Ukraine

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Chaloka Beyani, the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council, ended its 10 day trip to Ukraine. The distressing conclusions drawn by him as a result of his visit confirmed the well-known facts of discrimination of the persons, who left their homes as a result of the conflict in the South-East of the country, by the Ukrainian authorities. The special rapporteur met many displaced persons, who told him about their tragic situation as a result of non-elective bombings and destruction of civil sites by the Ukrainian forces.

Chaloka Beyani stated with concern that Kiev did not undertake necessary efforts to secure the need of this category of nationals: the authorities delay the adoption of respective laws and do not allocate required funds, there is still no centralised system for registration of displaced persons and assessment of their needs. Many of them have no necessary documents, and therefore cannot be employed and vote at elections.

At the same time, according to the special rapporteur, the number of internally displaced persons in Ukraine keeps growing and can reach 900,000 persons, which is three time more than according to the official data.

In this context, the aid of international community to South-Eastern regions of Ukraine is extremely in demand. Russia will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the population suffering from the Ukrainian forces.

26 September 2014

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