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EUniWell Open lectures series | European standards of Human Rights protection of displaced persons fleeing armed conflicts

  • Prof. Alla Federova (Taras Schevckenko National University of Kyiv) | Moderator: Dr. Karen Buchanan (EUniWell Office)
Thursday 2 June 2022
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As part of the EUniWell Open Lecture Series, Prof. Alla Fedorova will be speaking about “European standards of Human Rights protection of displaced persons fleeing armed conflicts: the main challenges of their implementation due to Russian invasion of Ukraine” on Thursday, 2 June, 16:00 CEST / 15:00 BST.

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“European standards of Human Rights protection of displaced persons fleeing armed conflicts: the main challenges of their implementation due to Russian invasion of Ukraine”

Bearing in mind different armed conflicts in the world during the last half a century, including European countries, issues of human rights protection of displaced persons, fleeing conflict zones within or beyond the territory of countries of their residence, have been extremely important in Europe. In 2011, thousands of refugees from Libya, Tunisia and other countries tried to reach EU borders; a few years later the migration crises engulfed Europe as a result of the conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan. Some EU countries were at the edge of humanitarian catastrophe that led to EU migration policy reforms. Such countries as Cyprus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia, Croatia, Kosovo, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkey, Russia faced the internal displacement. In 2014 Ukraine came across to the largest flow of internally displaced person (IDPs) in modern history of Europe; 1.8 million persons were officially registered as IDPs. All categories of displaced persons need protection of their fundament rights that led to adoption of some documents in this sphere in Europe, case-law of the European Court of Human Rights was elaborated.

Russian large-scale invasion, started on 24 of February 2022, changed the situation with forced displacement dramatically and fundamentally. Not thousands, but millions of people tried to flee the war in first weeks of invasion.  Considering that Ukraine is one of the biggest European states by population, the consequences of the displacement can hardly be estimated at present. The largest influx awaits Europe; the European Union has activated the Temporary Protection Directive for the first time since its adoption in 2001. As a result, the vast majority of persons who fled the war in Ukraine received temporary protection in EU countries and didn’t even attempt to apply for refugee status. Ukrainians can be internally displaced persons, temporarily protected persons, asylum seekers, refugees and can change these categories. Correlation and interdependence of numbers of IDPs, temporarily protected persons, refugees from one country during one historical moment due to Russian invasion should be discussed.

The development of Human Rights protection of displaced Ukrainians depends on many factors, including the protection of the rights of internally displaced persons by Ukraine itself. In this situation the understanding similarities and differences between the different categories of displaced persons and European standards of their protection has the crucial importance, as well as the challenges of implementation of European standards and searching the ways of their solving.

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EUniWell is united by the shared ambition to create a European University for the benefit and well-being of all. To achieve this ambitious goal, it is not only necessary to generate new knowledge, but also to communicate it and create opportunities for open, nuanced and dynamic exchange. For this reason, EUniWell has launched an Open Lecture Series on the topic of ‘Research on Well-being’.

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  • Speakers & topics: Recognised scholars, scientists and educators from EUniWell partner universities will present well-founded analyses of well-being issues and new findings related to one of the four key EUniWell Arenas.
  • Format: Lectures and presentations will take place live and/or in live streamed webinars with a Q&A session.
  • Participation: Anyone interested is invited to attend the lectures. Admission is free.
EUniWell Open Lecture Series Prof. Alla Federova 2 June 2022
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