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Passports for Roma: first certification at age of 36. Daughter and grandson next in line
The passport of the citizen of Ukraine was handed to Gisella Duhov (second from left) by the head of Uzhgorod City Department of the SMS Magdalyna Bobiak (left) Photo: Myroslav’s Horvat’s Facebook.
The passport of the citizen of Ukraine was handed to Gisella Duhov (second from left) by the head of Uzhgorod City Department of the SMS Magdalyna Bobiak (left)

Recently Legal Space published the story of the Roma family from Uzhgorod, three generations of women of which lived without papers. Lawyers of LCC at the Transcarpathian regional youth Roma Association "Romani Cherhen” decided to help them issue passports. Although this case was rather complicated and lasted about 5 months, the efforts of human rights activists were not in vain.

The passport of the citizen of Ukraine was handed to Gisella Duhov (second from left) by the head of Uzhgorod City Department of the SMS Magdalyna Bobiak (left).


Let us remind that the resident of Uzhgorod Gisella Duhov, born in 1980, never had a passport of citizen of Ukraine. Her grown daughter, 21-year-old Viola Duhov, respectively, also had no documents.

Back in February, with the help of lawyers of the Center the oldest representatives of the Duhov family– Gisella's mother managed to get to the City Department of the Registry Office 2 birth certificates. Lawyers immediately began the procedure of collecting documents for registration of Gisella's passport and supported the woman at all phases of the case: personally, went with her to the housing office for information, again to the passport office, etc.

For some time the family left from Uzhgorod and communication with it was lost, and meanwhile the documents were prepared.

Finally, on 22 June the head of Uzhgorod City Department of the SMS Magdalyna Bobiak handed Gisella Duhov the passport of a citizen of Ukraine.

“The woman received her first passport at the age of 36!” told Myroslav Horvat and added: “Her daughter Viola is next in line among the women of this family (three generations) to receive the passport. Documents on its registration have already been submitted to the passport office”.

After that the young mother will finally be able to issue the birth certificate for little Christian, then the social assistance for the son and the whole family will have all the possibilities offered by the availability of the passport of the citizens of Ukraine.

 

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Gizella Duhov (center) received the first passport at age of 36. Photo by Myroslav Horvat/Romani Cherhen.

However, the lack of personal documents remains a big problem for Roma living on the territory of Ukraine. Thus, for example, according to the Roma mediators, only in 4 regions of Ukraine 4000 Roma need certification because its absence leads to the restriction of access to basic social, medical and educational services. Therefore, there is a lot of work in this direction. The role of free legal aid and the work of human rights defenders and lawyers who provide such aid to Roma are difficult to overestimate.

The opinion of the International Renaissance Foundation cannot coincide with the point of view of authors of publication.

 

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