IN THE NEW DRAFT BILL ON SOCIAL AND LEGAL PROTECTION OF PERSONS UNLAWFULLY DEPRIVED OF THEIR FREEDOM AS A RESULT OF MILITARY AGGRESSION AGAINST UKRAINE, BOTH INTERESTS OF PRISONERS OF WAR AND CIVILIANS WILL BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT
This was stated by the Minister for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine Oksana Koliada during a meeting with persons released from captivity and relatives of civilians who are still deprived of their personal freedom.
The meeting was also attended by representatives of non-governmental organizations that are developing and finalizing a draft bill on social and legal protection of persons illegally deprived of their personal freedom as a result of military aggression against Ukraine, which will soon be submitted for registration to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
«You can still join the development of this draft bill so we can jointly develop an optimal working model of the legislation. The draft bill proposes to guarantee medical and psychological rehabilitation for released prisoners of war, persons deprived of their personal freedom for political reasons and hostages as a result of armed aggression against Ukraine. A detailed program of rehabilitation measures, a list of medical institutions, a mechanism for providing such assistance will be provided for in by-laws developed in the future», ‒ said Oksana Koliada.
A member of the working group, the Head of the NGO «Association of Relatives of Political Prisoners of the Kremlin» Ihor Kotelianets, noted that the proposed draft bill is universal and applies to cases of deprivation of personal freedom of persons as a result of aggression against Ukraine.
Minister Oksana Koliada recalled that the amendments were made yesterday to the use of funds to help prisoners and their families. Those who are held captive by illegal armed groups, the occupation administration, the Russian Federation in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine and/or the territory of the Russian Federation due to the social or political activities, as well as relatives of those still in captivity will be able to apply for financial assistance not only once (as provided now), but apply every year. Therefore, she encouraged those who have the relevant documents to submit to the commission.
Recall that a public presentation of the draft bill and its public discussion was held on November 9.