A BILL TO SIMPLIFY OBTAINING OF A UKRAINIAN BIRTH CERTIFICATE FOR RESIDENTS OF THE TEMPORARILY OCCUPIED CRIMEA WAS REGISTERED IN THE VERKHOVNA RADA
The Verkhovna Rada has registered a bill on amendments to the Family Code of Ukraine and the Law “On ensuring the rights and freedoms of citizens and legal regime on the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine”, which is intended to simplify the procedure of birth and death registration for residents of Crimea, temporarily occupied by Russia. It will also simplify the registration of a person's death.
“As of now, for the residents of the Russian-occupied Ukrainian Peninsula to obtain a birth or death certificate it requires a lot of time and money, with a high risk, that the case will take a long time due to the workload of our courts. The introduction of the new procedure will significantly simplify these mechanisms and reduce time spent. This is an effective step to support and maintain ties with our citizens who are held hostage by the Russian occupation "authorities" in Crimea,” emphasized Deputy Minister for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories of Ukraine Ihor Yaremenko.
The Deputy Minister added that Crimeans would be able to obtain Ukrainian legal documents, not the occupation ones, that are not recognized in most democratic states.
Another bill proposes to amend the Code of Administrative Offences of Ukraine, namely to abolish fines for parents of children born on TOT if they did not manage to register a new born in Ukraine within a month period.
The Deputy Minister expressed the hope that People's Deputies would support these bills during the voting in the session hall, and this will allow the residents of the territories temporarily occupied by Russia to feel the effective support of the Government of Ukraine and the Parliament.
An establishment of these legislative acts is the result of joint work of the Mission of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the Ministry for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, NGO "Center for Human Rights ZMINA", People's Deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.