UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, handed over two vehicles and a set of office equipment to the People’s Advocate Office of the Republic of Moldova. The delivered equipment is part of UNHCR support to the Government of Moldova and its specialised agencies that work on issues of refugee protection and human rights.
“UNHCR is pleased to take this concrete step forward in our partnership with the Office of the Ombudsman,” said Francesca Bonelli, UNHCR’s Country Representative. “This equipment will help them carry on with their great work ensuring the protection of refugees and people in need.”
Last August, UNHCR signed an agreement with the Office of the Ombudsman to strengthen their collaboration in support of the existing engagement with refugees, human rights, training, and building the capacities of the relevant authorities.
Currently, the Ombudsman Office co-chairs the Protection Working Group of the Refugee Coordination Forum (RCF). The RCF is a joint coordination body headed by the Government of Moldova and UNHCR that brings together humanitarian actors in the country – including UN agencies, and civil society, with the national government counterparts, local authorities, the private sector, refugee-led organisations, and others – to cooperate in maintaining and improving the response for refugees from Ukraine and host communities.
“The high performance of the technical assistance provided by UNHCR will definitely help us to carry out our activities on monitoring the observance of refugee’s rights in a prompt and efficient way at the central and local level”, said Ceslav Panico, Ombudsman of the Republic of Moldova.
Since March 2022, the Republic of Moldova has received nearly 660,527 arrivals from Ukraine and currently hosts over 94,000 Ukrainian refugees. The Government, civil society, and people of Moldova exhibited a remarkable response to the refugees’ situation. A substantial number of those who remain in Moldova are women, children, and elderly refugees, who often require particular support in accessing their rights in practice.
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