In October 2017, SME SPOLU, with the financial support of the Slovak Agency for International Development Cooperation (SAIDC), has been implementing a project entitled “The rights of refugees and internally displaced persons: the best European practices and ways of their implementation”. The project will continue through September of 2018, and will be implemented in Kharkiv, Luhansk, and Donetsk regions.
The first phase of the project, which took place from the 23rd to 27th of October, consisted of a study visit to Slovakia by Ukrainian experts: the President of the National Academy of Legal Science of Ukraine, doc. jur., prof. Olexander Petrishin; Senior Project Officer of the Council of Europe Project “Strengthening the Human Rights Protection of Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine”, Ganna Khrystova, PhD; Dean of the Law Faculty of Donetsk National University, doctor of law, prof. Bobkova O. G.; the head of the Department of Civil Law and Proces of Donetsk National University, Kovaľ I. V.; and scholars of the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University: Smorodinsky V. S., Uvarova O. V., Sideľnikova O. D., and Pisarenko N. B..
Within the framework of the study visit, the Ukrainian experts were able to study the European experience of integration and protection of the rights of refugees. In particular, there was considerable interest and discussion of the presentations of the Slovak experts: JUDr. Nataša Just Hrnčárová, PhD, of the Slovak national expert for asylum of the TAIEX expert group; JUDr. Miroslava Vozáryová, PhD. of the Law Faculty of Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia; Mgr. Ingrid Borárosová, PhD, Research Fellow of the Centre of European and North Atlantic Affairs (CENNA); Barbora Meššová, Mgr., Senior Lawyer for refugee issues and advocate of the Human Rights League; and Mgr. Martin Vyšňa, Integration Manager of the Department of the Migration and Integration, at the Migration Office of the Ministry of Interior, Slovakia.
The Ukrainian experts also were able to visit a conference on the topic, as well as the Community Centre of Assyrian Christians in the city of Nitra. The center contributes to the integration of Iraqi refugees in Slovakia, and is a project of the NGO Peace & Good.
The study visit of Ukrainian experts to Slovakia was supported by a project of the Council of Europe “Strengthening the Human Rights Protection of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Ukraine”.
The next stages of the project will be implemented in Ukraine:
- By the end of 2017, the Ukrainian experts will be creating a survey, and will be holding a seminar for students of law. They will acquaint the students with the methods of gathering information on the problems of integration and protection of rights of IDPs specifically, as well as the methodology of monitoring court decisions related to these issues. The collection of data will take place in Kharkiv, Luhansk and Donetsk regions.
- The results of this monitoring will be published and submitted for study by the Slovak experts.
- With the aim of discussing and developing a joint set of recommendations to improve the integration and protection of rights of IDPs in Ukraine, the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University, Kharkiv, will host a round table of Slovak and Ukrainian experts, and will also engage representatives of state authorities, local self-government, scholars, and students.
The developed set of recommendations will be presented to representatives of state authorities, local government officials, and representatives of public organisations in the following regional centres: Kharkiv, Kramatorsk, Severodonetsk.