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PACE hearing on the situation of the children of Ukraine

Ukrainian children deported or forcibly transferred to the Russian Federation, Belarus, or territories temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation
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A Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) hearing on the situation of the children of Ukraine will take place in Paris on 15 December 2023. The meeting, which will be live-streamed, will be opened at 9.30 a.m. by PACE President Tiny Kox and PACE Vice-President Olena Khomenko (Ukraine, EC/DA).

The morning session, focusing on the situation of Ukrainian children who are currently in Council of Europe member states, their access to healthcare and education, and EU protection measures, will be moderated by PACE Secretary General Despina Chatzivassiliou-Tsovilis. Participants include Maryna Slobodnichenko, Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Health Protection for International Affairs, and Vasyl Lutsyk, Head of the National Social Service of Ukraine.

The afternoon session, moderated by Olena Khomenko, will focus on the situation of Ukrainian children deported or forcibly transferred to the Russian Federation, Belarus, or territories temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation. The session will include statements from Dmytro Lubinets, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Ukrainian Parliament; Viktoriia Litvinova, Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine; and Paulo Pisco (Portugal, SOC), PACE rapporteur on deportations and forcible transfers of Ukrainian children.

The meeting will also feature video testimonies and discussions on possible actions to locate and help return deported or forcibly transferred Ukrainian children. PACE members, representatives from Ukrainian authorities, NGOs and international organisations will contribute to the discussions, focusing on the need for co-ordinated efforts.

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In April 2023, PACE adopted a resolution based on a report by Paulo Pisco (Portugal, SOC) on “Deportations and forcible transfers of Ukrainian children and other civilians to the Russian Federation or to temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories: create conditions for their safe return, stop these crimes and punish the perpetrators”.

The morning session takes place from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and the afternoon session from 2 p.m. to 4.30 p.m., both live-streamed in English.