THE MTOT HELD THE ROUND TABLE TO IMPROVE THE PROVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES FOR THE RESIDENTS OF THE TEMPORARILY OCCUPIED TERRITORIES
On 29th of May 2019 the Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine (MTOT) held the Round Table «Birth and death in temporarily occupied territories: challenges for the State and civil society»
One of the most important questions for residents of temporarily occupied territories in the East of Ukraine and in Crimea is registration of births and deaths.Draft of the Law of Ukraine developed by MTOT «On amendments to some legislative acts of Ukraine regarding implementation of administrative procedure of state registration of birth and deaths, which occurred within temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine» was presented during the Round Table. For the Ministry’s development process more than 30 experts were drawn, such as representatives of state bodies, international and non-government organizations, which also took participation in the event.
The purpose of draft law is substantial simplification of obtaining the registration of births and deaths by residents from temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, due to implementation of administrative procedure of state registration of birth and deaths, which occurred within temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.
The draft law provides for:
addressing systematic violation of rights of the citizens of Ukraine within temporarily occupied territory;
documents of births and deaths in a short time;
exterritoriality of registration of births and deaths;
maintenance of records issued by occupation «authority»;
taking into account facts from the documents but not their recognition;
fulfillment of international legal obligations and recommendations of international community, etc. by State of Ukraine.
Draft law was developed in accordance with the objectives set by policy documents of Ukraine, in fulfilment of its international obligations, in particular, implementation of the Action Plan for realization of the National strategy for human rights for the period till 2020.
Sergey Mokrenyuk, Head of department for the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopil MTOT, noted extreme importance of protection of the rights and freedoms of Ukrainian citizens and ensure progressive development of the State in this direction.
«Consideration of the draft law by the Government to simplify the procedure for registration of births and deaths for residents of temporarily occupied territories, it is not only ensuring human rights but also increasing their confidence in the Government, to promote recovery of territorial integrity of Ukraine», - noted S. Mokrenyuk
Round Table brought together the representatives of Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, The Authorized Human Rights Representative of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission as well as non-government organizations.
Key moments of draft law were discussed during the event, agreement has been reached on the importance of urgent consideration by Government and ways of advocacy by concerned parties.