Reintegration or Alienation? Human rights violations in the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts and territories adjacent to the contact line, in the context of the policy adopted by the Ukrainian authorities
The report presents the results of the monitoring of the human rights situation in the areas of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts adjacent to the contact line in May – September 2018. Special attention of the researchers was devoted to the processes triggered by the adoption of new Ukrainian legislation in early 2018 and its subsequent implementation and, more broadly, political developments in Ukraine. The monitoring effort focused on changes in human rights situation, the humanitarian situation in the territory affected by the armed conflict and adjacent to it, and the lives of civilians on both sides of the contact line. Reviewing the legislation per se was not a priority for the project, instead, its key objective was to document the actual changes observed in areas located in close proximity to the combat zone. The report is based on the findings of the field missions, interviews and desk research.