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Summer School “Internal Displacement in Ukraine: From Challenges to Actions”

Council of Europe: From 13 to 16 August, the Council of Europe’s “Internal Displacement in Ukraine: Developing Long-Term Solutions” project, in cooperation with the Ministry of Temporary Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine, held a summer school for organizations and institutions dealing with internally displaced persons, “Internal Displacement in Ukraine from Challenges to Actions”.

The event took place in the city of Yaremche, Ivano-Frankivsk region, and attracted more than 50 experts from Ukraine, as well as from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia and France.

The aim of the Summer School was to create a platform for joint learning, exchange of experience and social interaction among the participants in order to help build the capacity of representatives of governmental organizations and NGOs to work effectively for the benefit of internally displaced persons and to protect their rights.

Specialists, judges and lawyers, representatives of state authorities at the national and local levels, local authorities, regional/local social services, educational and research institutions, national and local NGOs participated in the Summer School.

The intense three-day programme of the School included presentations by international and national experts, panel discussions and thematic workshops.

The spotlight was on the five-year evolution of the problems facing the UPR in Ukraine and its discussion from the perspective of the Council of Europe’s standards in such problematic areas as social rights and pension benefits, housing rights and compensation for destroyed accommodation.

During the seminars, participants shared successful practices of HPE integration at the local level, learned about the case law of national courts and the European Court of Human Rights on the protection of HPE rights, discussed ways to counteract gender-based violence and discrimination, practiced methods to maintain internal resources to prevent burnout, and studied the secrets of communication and interaction with the media.

As a result of the Summer School, participants drafted 14 key national policy messages to strengthen the protection of HPE rights in Ukraine. These messages will be distributed to legislators and government officials at the national level.