OKSANA KOLIADA: PROTECTION OF PERSONS AFFECTED, IN PARTICULAR, IMPRISONED BY THE AGGRESSOR SHOULD BECOME OUR PRIORITY
Oksana Koliada, Minister for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons, said today at a Round Table discussion on the priority of providing protection and assistance to those captured in the Russian Federation, Crimea and the temporarily occupied territory. A new draft Law «On the social and legal protection of persons deprived of their liberty as a result of armed aggression against Ukraine» was presented and discussed during Round Table.
«This draft law will allow us comprehensively and efficiently help captives and their families, provide them with legal, material and other necessary assistance. We already have a budget program with allocated funds, which we can begin to realize as soon as this Law is adopted», ‒ said Oksana Koliada.
She also asked everyone who was involved in its development to finalize it as quickly as possible, if necessary, make appropriate corrections and go through the entire approval process. In order to have time to submit it to the Verkhovna Rada for consideration and adoption this year.
Anton Korynevych, Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, stressed that the draft law should be supported at all levels, as it has an important purpose to help our fellow citizens.
«We need systematic work that will have a regulatory framework, legal framework that will allow families and captives to understand that the state cares about them, that the state does everything to protect them», ‒ noted Anton Korynevych.
A lawyer of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (UHHRU) Maksim Timochko, who was one of the active developers of the draft law, said that it consists of three parts.
«The first part indicates the categories of people to whom the law will apply, the second part defines the procedure for recognition and granting status by an interdepartmental commission, and the third part is the legal content of social protection», ‒ said Maksim Timochko.
Project Coordinator of Charity Foundation Stabilization Support Services Iryna Loyuk noted that it is also important to start a register of captured persons as a result of armed aggression against Ukraine.
«The important thing is that we can begin to ensure that all executive authorities, in particular members of the Interdepartmental Commission, have quick access to common information and can quickly exercise their powers to help those deprived of their liberty and their families», ‒ noted Iryna Loyuk.
It is assumed that the law will be universal in nature: its effect will extend to any cases of imprisonment as a result of aggression against Ukraine and provide assistance to persons deprived of their liberty as a result of the war with the Russian Federation after February 20, 2014 and set free before the adoption of the Law (more than 3,000 people).