In 2020, the Charitable Fund “Right to Protection” (R2P) focused not only on the provision of free legal aid to the internally displaced population, stateless, refugees, and victims of the hostilities but also on disaster risk reduction in eastern Ukraine and on the environmental issues, which are particularly relevant in today’s context. R2P started cooperation with the Amalgamated Territorial Communities (ATCs) and civil-military administrations (CMAs).
Our colleagues actively worked with the ATCs, CMAs, and local government representatives to increase their capacity, facilitate citizens’ access to administrative social services, and jointly develop housing solutions for IDPs. In 2020 some of the very important legislative acts came into force, such as the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine № 767 on the compensation for destroyed or damaged housing. COVID-19 is still spreading around the world. At the same time, our colleagues have been actively working to minimize the impact of numerous lockdowns for our beneficiaries and to continue to provide free legal consultations in an online format.
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 CF “Right to Protection” (R2P), 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. This year has brought significant improvements to the lives of our beneficiaries, but the challenges they face on a daily basis have not diminished.
In 2017, R2P Team 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. CF “Right to Protection” will continue to work to improve the situation in Ukraine until we ensure that the rights of our beneficiaries are respected at all levels.
Charitable Fund “Right to Protection” (R2P) in partnership with HIAS is a 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 population, refugees and asylum seekers, stateless persons and those at risk of statelessness.
2016 was a difficult year for all beneficiary groups of the CF “Right to Protection” (R2P). 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.