UNHCR urges Ukrainian MPs to support Crimea, Donbas IDPs

16 September 2014 09:32
(QHA) -

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has called on Ukrainian MPs to support a bill on ensuring the rights and freedoms of internally displaced persons (IDPs).

"According to government sources, there are at least 310,000 IDPs from Crimea and Donbas today seeking assistance, including access to education, medical care, housing, jobs and even food and warm clothing amid the recent conflict,"- reads the statement of the UNHCR.

The report also says: "We hope that the Ukrainian parliament will approve the draft law entitled 'On ensuring of rights and freedoms of internally displaced persons'... Many IDPs have abruptly lost everything, including homes, documents, their livelihoods and contact with their family members."

According to the UNHCR, the adoption of the law will provide assistance to internally displaced persons so that they can fully exercise their rights.

"The UNHCR hopes that this draft legislation is adopted and responds to the pleas for real help," reads the report.