Ombudsmen of Russian Federation, DPR and LPR establish cooperation in area of assistance to refugees of Donbass

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The first working meeting of the Commissioners for Human Rights in the Russian Federation, the DPR and the LPR after the recognition of the Donbass Republics took place via videoconference today. The tripartite dialogue was devoted to the issues of ensuring guarantees of state protection of the rights of persons who entered the territory of Russia in connection with the aggravation of the military situation in Donbass.

In particular, Tatyana Moskalkova, Daria Morozova and Victoria Serdyukova discussed bottlenecks related to organizing the evacuation of citizens and their resettlement in federal temporary accommodation centres (TAC). The topic of providing medical assistance, as well as passportization of refugees who left the territory of the Republics without documents, was touched upon. Special attention is paid to ensuring the right to education – the distribution of evacuated children to preschool institutions, schools and universities.

“We agreed to jointly work out the issue of creating legal assistance centres for people who were evacuated. Their main task is to assist in issuing passports and restoring the necessary documents,” said Human Rights Ombudsman in the DPR Daria Morozova.

Also, according to the Ombudsman of the Republic, human rights activists have planned the first joint visit to the Rostov region. During the trip, the Plenipotentiaries intend to visit the TAC and personally communicate with the evacuees. This will allow to learn firsthand about the problems, needs of refugees and provide the most effective assistance.

The parties confirmed their readiness for further cooperation. In the near future, the Ombudsmen of the DPR and LPR intend to sign Memorandums of Understanding and plans for interaction with the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation. These are important diplomatic documents defining joint efforts to protect the rights, freedoms and interests of the citizens of the three states. In particular, this step will make it possible to timely exchange of information, promptly respond to people’s requests, and carry out joint receptions of citizens.