Ms. Valeriya Lutkovska: "It is necessary to elaborate the international standards of actions of ombudsman in case of the conflict in the country"

21/10/2015 10:54

Such purpose of work of the two-day international conference "The Role of National Institutions for Human Rights in the Conflict and Post-conflict Situations" was formulated by the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights during panel discussion.

In work of two-day international conference which began its work today, on October 21, 2015, inKiev, heads of national institutions for human rights of more than 20 countries of the world, and also representatives of the leading international organizations in the field of human rights take part.

"In due time, when Ukraine appeared in a conflict situation, I understood for myself that there is no international standard how a national institution in the field of human rights has to work in a case, when in the country there is a conflict how an ombudsman has to work in a situation when the conflict comes to an end, but the post-conflict situation remains.

It is necessary to create a certain standard in order that, it was clear for each ombudsman, head of a national institution in the field of human rights how he/she has to act and as far as he/she is free in case if he/she has humanitarian purposes in negotiations including negotiations even if the government doesn't conduct such negotiations", – Ms. Valeriya Lutkovska emphasized.

She informed participants of the conference how the Commissioner and the partner organizations of civil society carry out monitoring of a situation with observance of human rights in the occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and on uncontrollable to the Government of Ukraine territory of Donetsk and Lugansk regions. The Commissioner also noted that actively participates in evacuation of vulnerable groups (namely: orphan children, disabled people, elderly persons, detainees and prisoners) to safe regions. The last negotiations of Ombudsman and representatives of the Ukrainian power with the relevant interested parties led to successful transfer of several prisoners from uncontrollable to the Government of Ukraine territories of Donetsk Region.

Ombudsman continues to make considerable efforts for ensuring observance of human rights in temporarily occupied territories, and also districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, uncontrollable by the Government of Ukraine.

"Considering the independent status and a role of the defender of human rights, national institutions for human rights must have opportunity to criticize the government bodies and other persons who made human rights violations. Besides, NHRIs can assess functions and activity of law enforcement bodies and executive power to define efficiency of actions of the state in post-conflict regions and to propose measures for improvement of a situation. Besides, national institutions for human rights can cooperate with legislators, participate in elaboration of the Constitution and act as observers during elections", – Ms. Valeriya Lutkovska is convinced.