UN proposes to disconnect social payments and Donbas IDPs registration

The organization notes the need to simplify the procedure for assigning assistance to avoid discrimination
14:30, 8 August 2017

The Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) supports abolition of connection between receiving pensions, social payments and registration as an internally displaced person. This was stated by the organization spread out before the briefing on Tuesday, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

UNHCR notes that authorities continue to double check migrants for payment of pensions and social aid, carrying out house visits twice a year. However, the remaining citizens of Ukraine are not subjected to such thorough inspections.

"Such checks are rather hostile on the part of authorities," said UNHCR Deputy Head Noel Calhoun said at a briefing on Tuesday in Kyiv.

She also added that initially the registration of the migrants was conceived as a system for improving the distribution of aid, and if now it hinders it, then it is necessary to take measures.

"It is necessary to simplify the procedures for assigning payments to the IDPs, so that they are not discriminated against in access to assistance," the statement said.

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The organization also believes that pensions are the legal acquired right of all citizens of Ukraine and should not depend on the fact of registration as the internal migrant, and the provision of social assistance should depend on the insecurity of the person, and not on his or her transfer.

As it was reported earlier UNHCR urges Russia to lift ban on Mejlis activity in Crimea. The UN insist that the Kremlin cancel laws allowing forceful evictions and confiscations of private property in the occupied peninsula.

Related: 170,000 of IDPs from Donbas, Crimea registered in Kyiv

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