Ms. Valeriya Lutkovska: "The Kyiv Declaration will ensure important guarantees for work of all national human rights institutions during conflicts"

23/03/2016 17:36

The Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights is convinced of that who presided at the session dedicated to a role of national human rights institutions in conflict and post-conflict situations. Session was held within the twenty ninth annual conference of the International coordinating committee of national institutions for promotion and protection of human rights "Modern challenges of protection of human rights" which is held in Geneva.

Ms. Valeriya Lutkovska informed participants of the conference that on 21-22 October 2015 the International Conference on the role of national human rights institutions in conflict and post-conflict situations was heldin Kyiv. Representatives of 18 national human rights institutions from countries in conflict or post-conflict situations (the Balkan region, Caucasus, Moldova, Latin America and Asia), international organizations, NGOs and independent experts attended the Conference, shared their experience and discussed the ways to make the work of national human rights institutions efficient, professional and independent in the conflict environment, to overcome major challenges to human rights.

As a result of this work the Kyiv Declaration on the Role of National Human Rights Institutions in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations was adopted.

The Declaration establishes that national human rights institutions while in pre-conflict, conflict or post-conflict situation are required to undertake a number of preventive, protection and remedial actions aimed at ensuring human rights and fundamental freedoms.

According to the opinion of the participants of the conference the establishment of close partnership with civil society organizations and communication with representatives of authorities and non-state actors who de facto act on behalf of the parties to the conflict are crucial to ensure human rights protection in conflict situations.

"I hope that the ICC Annual meeting will give a good start to the promotion of this initiative as, unfortunately, conflicts continue to occur in different parts of the world, creating serious challenges to human rights and fundamental freedoms" - the Ukrainian Ombudsman emphasized.