UNHCR chief appeals for easing of restrictions on movement across contact line in Eastern Ukraine


25 November 2016. GENEVA/KYIV - UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has appealed to all parties involved in the conflict in Ukraine to improve freedom of movement at check points for people living near the line of contact and to allow humanitarian aid to reach hundreds of thousands of people displaced in government and non-government controlled areas.


UNHCR, IOM, NGOs and Government partners discuss situation of minorities in Ukraine


KYIV, 4 November 2016 - The Office of Ukraine’s Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) gathered more than one hundred representatives of the Ukrainian Government, international organizations and civil society at a conference organized in Kyiv on 3 November 2016. The aim of the conference was to discuss and analyze how two-and-a-half years of conflict influenced tolerance and perception of minorities in Ukraine.


UNHCR announce a poster contest «Violence is not always visible»

 As a part of International initiative “16 days against gender violence” UNHCR announce a poster contest on the topic:

 «Violence is not always visible»


Joint statement of UNHCR and NGO partners on the draft law “On Temporarily Occupied Territory of Ukraine”

KYIV, 24 October 2016 - On 19 July 2016, twenty-nine Members of the Parliament have registered an elaborated version of draft law No3593-d “On Temporarily Occupied Territory of Ukraine”. The continuous efforts of the Parliament to set legal standards with relation to territories not controlled by the Government of Ukraine (namely the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions), and their population, are welcome. However, the substance of the mentioned draft law further contributes to the isolation of those “occupied territories”, fully rejects Ukraine’s responsibility for the protection of human rights of its own citizens residing in territories not controlled by the Government of Ukraine. In its current version, the draft law also undermines the principles of reconciliation and post-conflict settlement.