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Ukraine: EU Advisory Mission welcomes plans to compensate victims of violent crime

December 23, 2019

The European Union Advisory Mission (EUAM) has welcomed news from Ukraine’s Ministry of Justice that plans are afoot to create a compensation fund worth up to UAH 300 million (€1.15 million) for victims of violent crime.

In an interview with the online media outlet Censor.net last week, the Deputy Minister for Justice Oleksandr Bunchuk said: “We expect between 10,000 and 20,000 victims of violence to receive such payments annually. If a person dies, then one of their relatives is able to get the compensation. The fund will be around UAH 200-300 million per year. These are the minimum calculations that our specialists did together with representatives of the European Union Advisory Mission.”

The EUAM has been advocating for a raft of measures to support victims of crime for some time. The mission’s legal reform experts also advised on the draft law on compensation for victims of violent crime; however, this is yet to be adopted.

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