The EU Helps Defend the Rights of IDPs

Yulia Shmatchenko, a former citizen of Luhansk, has lived in Kharkiv for more than a year now. She is a journalist and works for a local newspaper. “Do internally-displaced persons have this right?” – Yulia wonders ironically if she is eligible to vote during the elections to local authorities on October 25. “I either need to be registered or show an official rent agreement, but the owners of my rental flat refuse to provide it,” she says. “It turns out that I pay taxes, but I don’t have the right to vote.” Read more