January 22, 2024, 15:41

PACE hearing on the situation of the children of Ukraine: Head of Rada’s Permanent Delegation to PACE shares insights on potential outcome

The PACE is scheduled to hold a hearing on the situation of the children of Ukraine on Monday, followed by a vote on the resolution incorporating certain innovative elements.

Maria Mezentseva, Member of the Verkhovna Rada, Head of the Permanent Delegation of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, made this statement during a briefing at Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform.

“We, of course, expect a vote on the resolution. It will also incorporate certain innovative elements in it. We will still call on such international organizations as the International Committee of the Red Cross to more actively fulfill their mandate. We will talk about children displaced within Ukraine due to the russian aggression, living in the Council of Europe countries as temporarily displaced persons. That is, there is a new legal concept – they are not refugees, not migrants, but temporarily displaced persons,” said the member of Ukrainian parliament.

She added that, in general, many foreign colleagues in PACE joined the committee on the rights of Ukrainian children in December.

At the same time, Maria Mezentseva pointed out the Council of Europe’s innovative approach to the issues related to Ukrainian children. The organization has gathered the best lawyers to develop an international mechanism for the return of Ukrainian children. 

Read more: https://mediacenter.org.ua/news