Advocacy, Protection and Legal Assistance to the Internally Displaced Population

About us

The Project «Advocacy, Protection and Legal Assistance to the Internally Displaced Population of Ukraine» is launched by CF «Right to Protection» with support of United Nations High Commissioner for refugees (UNHCR).

The Project is aimed to monitor violations of rights’ and provide direct legal support to internally displaced population alongside with other groups affected by the conflict. The Project enhances the state authorities and civil sector potential and strengthens the legal and regulatory framework.

Project teams operate out of offices across the country located in Kharkiv, Severodonetsk, Slovyansk, Mariupol, Dnipro, Zaporizhzha and Kyiv, with a program management office in Slovyansk.

The project is delivering legal assistance and other protection services to displaced people within Ukraine.

Project teams undertake community protection monitoring and outreach in sixteen regions, in order to understand the protection situation and needs of displaced people, and to facilitate and support their access to services and programs to assist them in meeting their needs.

The advocacy, communications and information component of the project contribute to legislative and policy responses to the needs of displaced people and other affected populations within Ukraine, and support information provision to affected individuals and communities.


Right to Protection at a Glance

Who we are

Right to Protection is an NGO dedicated to protecting the rights of asylum seekers, refugees, stateless and undocumented persons, as well as internally displaced and conflict affected persons.

Our mission

Right to Protection seeks to lessen the impact on our beneficiaries from armed conflicts, repressive regimes and natural disasters. Right to Protection does this by protecting rights, providing assistance, and helping create the conditions necessary for safe and dignified lives.

Our vision

Right to Protection is a recognized actor in the field of global humanitarian aid and development. Our beneficiaries have all conditions necessary for safe and dignified life. We contribute to enhancing social, economic and political stability and security in Ukraine and globally.

What we do

1. Protecting beneficiaries’ rights with direct legal assistance.

2. Regular monitoring of access to and respect for human rights and freedoms.

3. Promoting systemic reforms with advocacy instruments including participation in the legislative process and strategic litigation in national and international courts.

4. Increasing civil society and beneficiary awareness of rights and migration issues.      

5. Helping government officials increase their competency and familiarity with human rights through educational and training programs.

6. Informing Ukrainian society about issues facing our beneficiaries.    

7. Developing civil society by providing support for activists’ initiatives, and promoting their institutional, operational and programmatic development.

8. Providing humanitarian assistance to those in need.

Our Values

1. Worth of the human person – humanity is the highest value for us. Our activities are directed at community development. Dignified life is respect for individuals, freedom and equality. Tolerance and openness are the foundations of our interactions with beneficiaries.   

2. Reliance – people rely on us because we are responsible and passionate. We are honest and transparent with our beneficiaries, partners and colleagues.  We build our relationships on mutual trust strengthened by experience and professionalism. We objectively assess each client’s situation

3. Professionalism – everything we do, we do professionally. In our organization everyone is an expert in his field and strives to develop. We adhere to professional ethics and implement the highest standards of organizational and programmatic management.

4. Constant development – by developing our skills we are helping others. We aspire to become a leader in our activities. That is why we constantly improve our skills and innovate. We promote qualitative systematic changes in the state and in society so people can live safe and dignified lives.

Our principles

1. Humanity – we aspire to decrease human suffering as much as possible.

2. Neutrality – we do not participate in armed hostilities.

3. Impartiality – Our approach to our beneficiaries is objective and unbiased.    

4. Non-discrimination – we do not discriminate based on one’s race, religion, sexual. preference, gender, social group, political affiliation, or for any other reason

5. Independence – we are independent from political, economic, military or others ambitions.

6. The rule of law – we are a completely law-abiding organization and invoke our partners and beneficiaries to follow these principles.

UNHCR, also known as the UN Refugee Agency, is mandated by the UN to lead and coordinate international action for the world-wide protection of refugees and the resolution of refugee problems. The agency was created in 1950 by the UN General Assembly.

UNHCR founding statute, as well as the 1951 Geneva Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 New York Protocol define a refugee as a person who cannot or does not want to return to his/her home country because of a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.
During its lifetime, the UN Refugee agency has helped more than 50 million people to successfully restart their lives, earning two Nobel Peace Prizes — in 1954 and 1981. Today, UNHCR is one of the world’s principal humanitarian agencies. It has more than 9,300 staff members in 125 countries assisting 59.5 million people. Persons of concern to UNHCR are not only refugees but asylum seekers, internally displaced persons, refugees returning home and stateless persons.

What we do in Ukraine
UNHCR’s mission in Ukraine is to ensure that people fleeing persecution and armed conflicts can find a safe refuge and international protection in Ukraine.
UNHCR established a presence in Ukraine in 1994. In 2002 Ukraine acceded to the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol, and in 2013 — to the 1954 Stateless Persons Convention and 1961 Reduction of Statelessness Convention The role of UNHCR in Ukraine is to advise and assist the Government as well as monitor the implementation of the country’s international responsibilities relating to protection of refugees.

The main directions of UNHCR activities are:
• Advocacy for an effective asylum system and legislation in line with international standards.
• Ensuring protection for all persons of concern.
• Sponsoring self-sufficiency, local integration and assistance in voluntary repatriation.
• Creating humanitarian space for internally displaced and asylum seekers in the context of mixed migration movements.
• Combating and preventing statelessness, caused inter alia by the collapse of the Soviet Union.
• Assistance to the most vulnerable refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced.
• Training for government officials, and civil society involved in refugee and IDP protection.
• Advocacy activities aimed at enhancing refugee protection and combating racism and xenophobia.

In 2014, Ukraine was confronted with the problem of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Crimea and Eastern Ukraine. UNHCR continues to support government and civic society in their response to the needs by providing legal, material and social assistance. The UN Refugee Agency focuses its activity on strengthening the guarantees of rights and freedoms of over 1.5 million IDPs, improving their living conditions and providing long term solutions.