In 2019, Ukraine reports under the simplified procedure regarding the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Under this procedure, the UN Committee prepares a list of questions to be answered in Ukraine’s report, in accordance with Article 16 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
The 12-member Coalition of NGOs prepared a submission to the UN Committee on the observance of the economic, social and culturalrights in Ukraine, as well as proposals on questions for the Government.
On October 15, the 63rd Pre-Session Working Group of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights began their work. Representatives of the Coalition Kseniya Semyorkina (UHHRU), Bogdan Kryklyvenko (co-founder of the Ukrainian Institute for Human Rights), as well as Volodymyr Selivanenko (Amnesty international Ukraine), Alyona Lunyova (Human Rights Information Center) and Elina Shyshkina (Right to Protection) spoke at the meeting. Speeches were also delivered by representatives of the Crimean Human Rights Group, Norwegian Refugee Council and Ukraine Education Cluster.
Kseniya Semyorkina spoke about the shortcomings of Ukrainian anti-discrimination legislation, attacks against the LGBT, cultural and educational activities, dissemination of negative rhetoric on LGBT, abuse of the Roma ethnic minority, inequality between men and women, legal discrimination of same-sex couples, as well as compliance of national legislation with today’s international standards on women’s labor, particularly the ILO conventions.
In his turn, Bogdan Kryklyvenko covered such issues as systematic discrimination against persons declared incapacitated by the court, high unemployment rates in Ukraine, post-employment for ex-cons, employment for disabled persons with intellectual and psychological disorders, the right to fair and adequate work conditions, violations of unions’ rights, the right to physical and psychological health, education for children with disabilities that do not study in educational institutions, as well as violations of cultural rights in the occupied Crimea.
Other issues discussed concerned the right to a pension for IDPs and those who stayed in the occupied territories, IDPs’ right to a home, as well as reparations for destroyed and damaged property.
See the Coalition’s submission here (text in English).
After examining this information, the UN Committee will prepare and send to Ukraine a list of issues to be covered in the national report.