In 2019, our efforts primarily focused on the delivery of skilled legal aid to all major beneficiary groups, such as internally displaced persons and victims of the armed conflict in the east of the country, stateless persons, refugees, and protection seekers. 2019 will also be remembered for new ideas and projects, events that made us respond fast, relying not only on experience but also on the capacity to analyse and predict.
The year 2018 was not easy for Ukrainian society because of the social fatigue of political and economic instability. In addition, no effective mechanisms have been proposed and implemented to ensure the exercise of rights guaranteed by the Constitution of Ukraine to citizens affected by the Donbas conflict.
Therefore, the main purpose of the Right to Defense Fund, as one of the largest Ukrainian human rights organizations, was to make sure that the voice of these people was heard – both at the community level and at the level of relevant state bodies and agencies.
We have prepared an annual report that tells us about our results and achievements for 2017.
2017 has brought significant improvements to the lives of our beneficiaries, but the challenges they face on a daily basis have not diminished.
Throughout the year, we have made every effort to develop current and new projects.
We believe that strengthening the role of local partners is one of the important elements in addressing humanitarian and legal issues both in Ukraine and around the world.
We thank all the beneficiaries, government and civic organizations, donors, other international and domestic stakeholders for their support.
We will continue to work to improve the situation in Ukraine until we ensure that the rights of our beneficiaries are respected at all levels.
BF Right to Protect in partnership with HIAS is a client-oriented non-governmental organization seeking to fulfill its mission of making Ukraine a better place for people who were forced to leave their homes: IDPs and conflict-affected refugees, refugees and refugees asylum seekers, stateless persons and those at risk of statelessness. 2016 was a difficult year for all beneficiary groups of the Right to Defense Fund. Our clients face various challenges, including the humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine, the inability of the government to make important decisions and laws and implement legislative and policy reforms, the suspension of retirement benefits for hundreds of thousands of IDP retirees in eastern Ukraine, and more.