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Back in the days Mykhailo had to flee persecution from Tajikistan. Nowadays he runs a successful business in the cities of Irpin and Bucha (Kyiv Region) – the Mazza_cafe_halal.

These cafes specialize in traditional Eastern cuisine. Here everyone can enjoy pilaf, chebureks, doner kebabs and other famous delicacies.

Mazza_cafe_halal - a successful business

His success in business is the result of hard work and constant development. According to Mykhailo, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) business grant helped him to get a kickstart.

Earlier, Mykhailo joined the Right to Protection CF training for beneficiaries «How to make money and find yourself in Ukraine», where he shared his experience of successful integration and on starting a career in Ukraine. We decided to go to the city of Irpin and visit Mr. Mykhailo’s cafe and talk with him about his life, development, and the path to success.

More – in our video:


In 2020 Together with the partners from 3P Consortium Right to Protection CF worked on several projects aimed on protection mainstreaming in eastern Ukraine. One of the most successful initiatives were webinars, seminars and trainings for local authorities in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

In the video below Artem Krenbok, the Project Manager of the Right to Protection CF and Kateryna Budiyanska, the Government Relations Officer at Right to Protection tell how disaster risk reduction (DRR) framework helps to minimize existing and potential hazards.

3 questions. 3 answers on the activities of 3P Consortium in 2020

The 3P Consortium was formed in 2019 by a group of international and Ukrainian NGOs – ACTED, IMPACT Initiatives, Right to Protection CF, the Danish Red Cross, the Austrian Red Cross, and the Ukrainian Red Cross Society. With the full support of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and under the ACTED leadership, the 3P Consortium works to support the reduction of disaster risk vulnerability in eastern Ukraine. 3P partners are united by their desire to Prevent, Prepare and Protect civilian populations and critical service systems in eastern Ukraine against the risks of natural, ecological and industrial disasters.


Stateless persons are the people who are not recognized by any country in the whole world. However, we should bear in mind the distinction between officially recognized stateless persons and those who are not registered at all. Undocumented stateless persons face serious problems: they cannot officially work, enter into contracts, buy property, or just to live a usual life, like everybody else.

In 2020, several important steps in this case were taken by the government of Ukraine, one of which was the adoption of the Law of Ukraine «On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Concerning Recognition as a Stateless Person». Unfortunately, despite the fact that the law is already in force, it is still in the process of being enacted. The second problem is with the draft law «On Administrative Procedure», which also regulates the issue: it needs to be substantially finalized before preparation for the second reading.

We invite You to watch the video developed and created by the Right to Protection Charitable Foundation with the support of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), where all the key moments on the recognition as a stateless person in Ukraine are mentioned.

Particularly, the video provides answers to the following questions:

  • Who the procedure concerns;
  • Where to apply for the recognition as stateless person;
  • What the determination procedure will be like;
  • What are the grounds for denial for a recognition;
  • Which documents will confirm the status of the person;
  • Rights and opportunities of a stateless person;

(IN UKRAINIAN) Stateless persons in Ukraine in 2020: what will change after the enactment of legislative amendments

The contents of this material are the sole responsibility of the Right to Protection Charitable Foundation and cannot be used to reflect the views of UNHCR.


The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to convert our communication with our beneficiaries into the remote mode.

In a short period of time we had to master many modern online tools, because people’s need for our help has not disappeared. And we are very glad that within the training course «Webinars: tips for human rights activists»  we were able to share with the participants all our knowledge and experiences, in particular, on the organization of webinars!

Watch the video below where our colleagues Daria Lysenko and Anna Bukreeva share on the results of this online course

The training course was implemented with the support of the Norwegian Refugee Council in Ukraine (NRC) and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Our beneficiary story is the clear example of the awful human rights violations that took place at the Exit-Entry Check Points (EECP) in Luhansk and Donetsk Regions after the introduction of COVID-19 quarantine restrictions on March 27, which resulted in closing all borders and checkpoints in Ukraine. In fact, people who were in need to cross the line of demarcation in Donbas were trapped without money, food and had nowhere to sleep at night. And unfortunately, Valentyna was the one of them. 

Right to Protection CF lawyers helped the woman to obtain compensation for non-pecuniary damage, as well as to prove the illegality of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine actions due to which our beneficiary was unable to cross the demarcation line. The appeal was upheld on 16 November 2020, Court decision is final. 

Details on the story of Valentyna – in the video below.


Video “Faces of statelessness. Roma” is the final in our cycle 5 stories. 5 faces of statelessness. At the same time, the final result – the complete elimination of statelessness as a phenomenon is still not achieved.

The video tells a story of two men: Marcus and Joseph, who have lived without documents all their lives and have become stateless as a result.

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More than 35,000 people in Ukraine are still living without any documents. They look forward to the very moment when they finally feel what it is like to be a citizen.

In support of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Global Campaign to Combat Statelessness #IBelong (#Яісную) The Right to Protection Charitable Foundation tells stories of 5 different people who have faced the problem of statelessness in Ukraine. In fact, there are thousands of such stories across the country. And they all bring together completely different people who, under certain circumstances, live without documents. We want to address this issue and help solve it!

Анастасія Бондаренко: про затоплення шахт на Донбасі і наслідки

Чим загрожує затоплення шахт на Донбасі?За результатами супутникового моніторингу в результаті підтоплення шахт територія Донецька вже просіла в середньому на 25 сантиметрів. Загроза можливої техногенної катастрофи охоплює практично всю територію, на якій коли-небудь вівся видобуток вугілля. Наслідки цього можуть торкнутися навіть території країн Європейського Союзу.Ми продовжуємо піднімати тему екологічних проблем на Донбасі, які виникли в результаті бойових дій. Як не допустити масштабних наслідків, і хто має взяти ситуацію під контроль?Наш правовий аналітик, Анастасия Бондаренко, дає відповіді на ці запитання в ефірі UA: Українське радіо "Голос Донбасу". Слухаємо разом!Дане аудіо підготовлено в рамках роботи 3Р Консорціуму за фінансової підтримки Європейської комісії в рамках цивільного захисту та гуманітарної допомоги Європейського союзу (EU Civil Protection & Humanitarian Aid – ECHO).

Опубліковано Право на захист Четвер, 12 березня 2020 р.