IDPs and residents of Donbas have difficulties due to legal collisions and requirements of government agencies – “Restoring Donbas”
13:58 / 08 Jun. 2015 / 398
IDPs and residents of ATO area face with plethora legal issues, some of which can not be resolved without amendments in legislation and clarification of state bodie’s powers. Such conclusion was made by experts of the community initiative “Restoring Donbas” after two months of legal online consultation on the website of the organization.
During the period of service operation on the interactive platform “Restoring Donbas”, more than 150 questions were sent to lawyers. The most common legal collisions and difficulties with government agencies are connected with the issues of freedom of person’s movement, renewal of documents, which were lost or left in ATO area, as well as formalization of documents by a notary.
For instance, displaced persons from Donbas deal with the requirement of state authorities, which is about providing them with the originals of the pension case (which is located on the uncontrolled territories of Ukraine). At the same time, according to volunteer lawyers “Restoring Donbas”, the current legislation does not fix such requirement – in this situation, you must contact the Office of the Pension Fund (in the place of registration as a IDP). All the necessary inquiries (documents) must be provided on the basis of an electronic pension case.
According to the “Restoring Donbas”, the most popular topic among the IDPs and residents of Donbas are financial issues, obtainig the status of displaced person and the formalization and granting the documents.
The most popular issue is finances – 28% of all questions posted on the organization’s website. People are interested in the nuances of salaries, pensions, benefits and compensation, issues of bank deposits and loans, debt for utility services.
Second place (23%) takes issues related to the obtaining the status of IDP. In this context, site users are interested in acquisition and extending the registration document, enrollment in the Social Security and the Migration Service.
The topic related to the registration and issuance of documents occupies the third place and 17% of all questions. The most problematic themes are loss of passports and ID number, registration of acts of civil status.
Much less popular are the issues related to children (14%), entrepreneurship and employment (10%) and property (8%).
Elena Petryayeva, the head of the “Restoring Donbas”, emphasizes that a year after the beginning of hostilities, the government does not make arrangments connected to the mass explanatory and advisory work among the categories of people affected by war.
“On the basis of that activity that we see on our interactive platform, it becomes clear that the timeliness of explanations is already missed. There is a vacuum, which is filled with lawyers volunteers… We have launched the online consultation and in a short time they became one of the most popular projects of our organization”, – said Elena Petryayeva.
In addition, she added that the government needs to do serious revision of the legislative. Moreover, the community initiative “Restoring Donbass” has a number of developments and it is ready to exchance experience with the government and MPs.
April 6, 2015 community initiative “Restoring Donbas” has launched legal consulting where lawyers volunteer answer the questions of IDPs on the website restoring-donbass.com. Anyone can obtain legal help from professionals. All you need is to register on the website or enter it via your account on the social networks. All the lawyers, who have an adequate level of qualification, can join the project. To do this, you have to send your application by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.