UN urges to de-link pensions for Donbas citizens from IDPs status

Source : 112 Ukraine

The UN mission concluded that the citizens of Donbas face extra difficulties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic
17:50, 2 December 2020

The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine urged the authorities to de-ling the payment of pensions from the registration of the status of displaced resident as the mission reported.

“As a sustainable solution, HRMMU reiterates the need to permanently de-link payment of pensions from IDP registration, as stipulated by draft law 2083D, which has been pending before Parliament for a year,” the message said.

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It is mentioned that currently the pensioners who live in uncontrolled territories are forced to register as displaced residents to get the payments. They need to enter the territory controlled by Ukraine for registration.

The mission concluded that the citizens of Donbas face extra difficulties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Particularly, the freedom of movement through the checkpoint at the contact line was significantly restricted.

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Such a situation obstructs the access of the vulnerable categories of the citizens to education, family and pensions. Due to this fact, the mission welcomed the decision of Oshchadbank to prolong the validity of bankcards of IDP-pensioners until January 1, 2021. That is why old people would not be forced to cross the checkpoint during this period of time to confirm the registration as displaced residents that are needed for the extension of the cards.

As we reported, he United States, together with the international organization IREX, has launched a two-year program to support internally displaced persons in Ukraine. The program is worth two million dollars.




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