R2P Participated in the Warsaw Human Dimension Conference

October 16, 2023

One of R2P's fundamental principles is the comprehensive, multidimensional protection of the war-affected population in Ukraine. Therefore, our team not only "puts out fires" by helping to solve urgent humanitarian issues of the most vulnerable categories of people but also seeks long-term solutions to prevent such situations in the future.

On various platforms, R2P's advocacy team draws attention to human rights issues in Ukraine and develops legislative initiatives in the interests of IDPs and other categories of the war-affected population. Last week, such a platform was the Warsaw Human Dimension Conference, organised by the OSCE.

It was dedicated to discussing human rights issues at the interstate level and aims to assess the implementation of human rights standards. Representatives of the governments of OSCE participating states, civil society organisations, and international organisations had the opportunity to raise issues that required an immediate response from the global community during plenary sessions and roundtables.

One of the critical issues was the consequences of the military conflict in Ukraine:

  • humanitarian issues, return of Ukrainian children forcibly taken to Russia;
  • prevention of violence against civilians (including women and children) and prisoners of war; 
  • violations of the rights of refugees, asylum seekers, national and ethnic minorities;
  • human trafficking;
  • mechanisms of accountability for international crimes committed on the territory of Ukraine.

Ksenia Gedz, Advocacy Coordinator, Olha Denkovych, her Deputy, and Natalia Krynytska, Legal Analyst, represented R2P. The Foundation's team advocated for the need to effectively address humanitarian crises and human rights violations resulting from armed conflicts worldwide. The international community is obliged to develop effective and flexible humanitarian response systems. It should aim at:

  • protecting human rights;
  • adherence to the principles of truth; 
  • justice;  
  • compensation for the damage caused;
  • prevention of such situations around the world.

On 12 October, at the 8th plenary session dedicated to humanitarian issues, Ksenia Gedz called on the international community to help solve the most significant internal displacement crisis since the Second World War. As of October 2023, almost 5 million people have been internally displaced in Ukraine, and over 6 million Ukrainians have sought safety in other countries. To achieve this, it is necessary to comprehensively address the needs of IDPs and facilitate their successful reintegration.

Ksenia Gedz, Advocacy Coordinator at R2P

"To achieve this, a multifaceted approach should be implemented, which includes long-term housing solutions, employment initiatives, accessible healthcare services, education and skills development, a resilient and responsive social protection system, and digitalisation of the public sphere; following the principle of protecting the interests of all affected in Ukraine, special attention should be paid to the most at risk groups: people with disabilities, the older people, large families, children deprived of parental care, and those living near the frontline, newly-liberated and occupied territories. Along with the extension of temporary protection for Ukrainians who have been forced to move abroad, establish cooperation with both OSCE member states and the Ukrainian government to develop a comprehensive policy that not only ensures the integration of the displaced population into host communities but also facilitates their safe, voluntary, and informed return to their homeland"

The Foundation's team also stressed that the strategic goal of Ukraine and the international community is to provide the necessary humanitarian crisis assistance while formulating a long-term strategy for Ukraine's reintegration and recovery based on statistics.

During her speech, Nataliia Krynytska spoke about the difficulties faced by asylum seekers after the full-scale invasion both in our country and in Europe. In particular, the inability to apply for international protection in Ukraine and obstacles to obtaining temporary refuge in the EU.

Natalia Krynytska, Legal Analyst of the Assistance to Refugees and Asylum Seekers programme at R2P

"The community of asylum seekers and refugees in Ukraine is small but vulnerable and should not be excluded from the agenda during discussions, advocacy, and planning of humanitarian programmes. We have provided simple but clear recommendations — to fulfil international protection obligations and to avoid discrimination"

We are grateful to the organisers for the opportunity to discuss the urgent problems faced by the war-affected population in Ukraine at the international level. Such events contribute to a faster and more effective solution to these issues.