New draft law on internally displaced persons – a response to the challenges of a full-scale invasion

Опубліковано 14 August 2023 року, о 10:15

In Ivano-Frankivsk, Vice Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk took part in an off-site meeting of the inter-actional association “IDPs of Ukraine”. 


The participants of the event were representatives of parliament, the central government, Ivano-Frankivsk regional and district military administrations, local communities, and international organizations.


The participants discussed the organization of work with IDPs in the region and Ukraine as a whole, the realization of their rights, the activities of the Coordination Centers for Civilian Assistance, and the cooperation of the Regional Military Administration with international partners and foundations assisting IDPs.


Vice Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk presented to the audience the draft law “On Ensuring the Rights and Freedoms of Internally Displaced Persons”.


The law in force was adopted in 2014. As such, it does not currently meet the challenges of a full-scale war: the scale and pace of internal displacement has increased dramatically.


The new law aims at the social stabilization of IDPs through their social protection, adaptation, and integration into communities.


The official emphasized that the draft law takes into account the experience gained over the past year and a half, better defines the rights of IDPs, details the powers of state and local authorities, etc.


The draft law assigns an important role in the work with internally displaced persons to the institution of the Commissioner for Internal Displacement, the Civilian Support Coordination Centres, and the Councils for Internal Displacement.


“We need to write the law so that everything is clear, substantial, and understandable. I am grateful to the deputies of the Interactional Association “IDPs of Ukraine” and to the Human Rights Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada Dmytro Lubinets for their help in drafting the law,” Iryna Vereshchuk summarized.