Donbas children are still deprived of the right to education – Restoring Donbas
17:00 / 04 Feb. 2016 / 1117
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine ignores the right of children on uncontrolled territories of Donbas to Ukrainian education. Such conclusion was made by the experts of the community initiative “Restoring Donbas”. It is based on the analysis of the bill on amendments to the Law of Ukraine «On ensuring the Rights and Freedoms of Citizens and the Legal Regime on the Temporarily Occupied Territory of Ukraine» № 3832 (concerning ensuring the right to education).
The draft law, which was proposed by the government with a delay, can solve the problem of the residents of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol concerning obtaining of Ukrainian state standard document after university graduation on the uncontrolled territory after February 20, 2014. It will also provide people, who are residing there, with obtaining all types of Ukrainian education in the absence of opportunity to study remotely.
According to the explanatory note to the draft law, the need for its adoption is caused by the difficulties in crossing the demarcation line, financial costs of staying on the territory under Ukrainian control, as well as non-recognition of documents, which were received by the graduates in Crimea. Thus, the Government admits that Ukrainian citizens, who are living in Crimea, deprived of the constitutional right to further education and work.
According to Elena Petryayeva (the head of the community initiative «Restoring Donbas»): “Unfortunately, residents of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, who live on uncontrolled territories of Donbas, are deprived of this right. It comes about the territories, which are not occupied (according to Ukrainian legislation). However, it is limited by the demarcation line. Its crossing takes a lot of time and requires significant financial expenses. Education documents, which were issued on the uncontrolled territories, are also not recognized in Ukraine. Thus, we can observe either a miscalculation of officials or conscious discrimination of Donbas children. ”
At the same time, according to the lawyers of the initiative, solution is rather simple. It is necessary not only to amend the Law on the temporarily occupied territories, but to make other changes to the Law on the rights and freedoms of internally displaced persons, adding it with relevant paragraphs. At the same time, experts expressed doubts about the government’s ability to ensure its implementation, even in the case of adoption.
Let us recall that July 5, 2015 the Law of Ukraine “On amendments to some legislative acts of Ukraine” (as to state education support to combatants and their children, children, who lost one of the parents in the antiterrorist operation zone or armed conflicts or during mass rallies, children registered as internally displaced persons» came into force. The Government had to work out and approve the state target program of support for the abovementioned category of persons for vocational and higher education. Still there is no programs. State support, which was declared, has remained on paper.
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