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Ministry for Reintegration of TOT has completed the draft of a bill on the transition period

Published 31 December 2020, at 11:25

Ministry for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories has completed the draft of a bill "On the state policy of the transition period" and submitted it to central executive authorities, state services and funds, local governments, scientific, international organizations, NGOs, expert community, judicial bodies, the prosecutor's office, military administration bodies, the Representative Office of the President of Ukraine to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and others for submission of proposals.

 "Our goal is the peaceful and safe reintegration of our territories, and above all, the reintegration of our citizens into Ukraine and Ukrainian society. The main task of transition period and peaceful reintegration is to rebuild trust between people. And the best way to rebuild this trust is the active work of local governments, mayors, deputies of local councils, it is a guarantee to restore the rights of people violated by the occupying state - the rights to their property, to justice, to truth. When we talk about a state policy of transition period, it is not only transitional justice, but many other things as well. The signal of this document is for the people who are currently in the temporarily occupied territories and are hostages of the occupation regime of the Russian Federation, to understand that they do not need to be afraid of their own country,” said Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Minister for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories Oleksii Reznikov.

The draft of a bill "On the state policy of the transition period" provides for:

- unification of approaches to the temporarily occupied territories (TOT) in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts and in Crimea;

- incorporation of other laws and bringing them down to a common denominator of all the legislation of Ukraine related to the TOT;

- introduction of elements of transitional justice;

- outlining the basis for the restoration of judicial bodies in the de-occupied territories;

- resolving the issue of jurisdiction over criminal offences committed in the temporarily occupied territories;

- establishment of the institute for the validation of legal actions that were performed on the TOT, procedures for confirming the facts of birth, death, marriage and divorce, as well as recognition of the obtained competencies and educational qualifications;

- formation of personnel reserves of civil servants and police officers to work in the de-occupied territories;

- establishment of temporary administrations for local governments elections;

- establishment of social guarantees for residents of the temporarily occupied territories.

The bill also proposes the definition of terminology which must be unified for all legislation. These are both new and improved terminology: occupation forces and occupation administrations of the Russian Federation, political and diplomatic and sanction measures, amalgamated communities on the contact line, temporary occupation, de-occupation, de-occupied territories, reintegration of de-occupied territories, sustainable peace, territories of priority development and the like. In addition, a fundamentally new definition of the aggressor state, the occupying state is proposed, and this status is assigned to the Russian Federation at the level of the law.

The draft of a bill, among other things, defines the general principles of responsibility, amnesty and lustration for actions during the temporary occupation of the territories of Ukraine.