Ukraine takes aim against ’gay propaganda’
The Ukrainian parliament could give final approval next week to a bill that aims to outlaw "pro-homosexual propaganda" - any "positive depiction" of gay people, gay pride marches, or even the screening of a film like Brokeback Mountain
Anti-Discrimination Coalition calls on parliament to revoke anti-gay bill
In an appeal to the Speaker of Parliament and heads of factions, the Coalition for Combating Discrimination in Ukraine has expressed concern over the draft bill prohibiting “promotion of homosexuality” and called on parliament to withdraw it.
Ukraine draft law banning homosexual references violates freedom of expression – UN
The law, which introduces anti-homosexuality amendments into four existing laws as well as into Ukraine’s Criminal Code, is clearly discriminatory and runs counter to Ukraine’s international commitments to ensure freedom of expression and information
Secretary General Jagland concerned over law on homosexuality in Ukraine
In a letter sent to the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Volodymyr Lytvyn, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland expressed deep concern over a bill which proposes to ban the so-called “promotion” of homosexuality
Law banning „promotion of homosexuality” just as dangerous as libel law
Ihor Rozkladai from the Media Law Institute stresses that the main danger in the law lies in the fact that there is no clarity in the bill as to what “promotion” actually means.
EU deeply disappointed by anti-gay bill in Ukraine
The European Union states that the draft law passed in its first reading contradicts Ukraine’s international commitments and values promoted by the EU
MPs support homophobia
Having put criminalization of libel on hold, Ukrainian MPs on 2 October passed in its first reading a draft law prohibiting what they call “promotion of homosexuality”
ECHR finds Ukraine guilty of discrimination and more over investigation into fatal arson attack
In the case of Fedorchenko and Lozenko v. Ukraine, the European Court of Human Rights has found Ukraine guilty of a violation of the procedural limb of Article 2 through the inadequate investigation and of the prohibition on discrimination.
Call for real measures against discrimination, not empty phrases
Human rights groups are concerned that the haste with which parliament has passed a law is aimed at creating the appearance of compliance with EU visa liberalization demands and getting good publicity in the run up to the parliamentary elections. They are calling on the President to veto the law.
Anti-discrimination law is for social and legal defence, not pre-election PR
The Coalition against Discrimination states that while clearly welcoming the adoption of a base anti-discrimination law in Ukraine, and noting that this is one of the strict demands on Ukraine in the EU visa liberalization action plan, the law itself contains a number of failings
UHHRU defends Roma whose camp was destroyed for Euro 2012
As reported, on the eve of Euro 2012 a Roma camp in Bereznyaki in Kyiv was set alight, seemingly at the instigation of the authorities. Up to 60 people were left homeless.
Proposed laws discriminate against LGBTI people and violate children’s rights
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are calling on the Verkhovna Rada to reject two draft laws which would directly contravene Ukraine’s obligations to protect the right to non-discrimination, including on the ground of sexual orientation and other rights
MPs want to ban "propaganda of homosexuality"
Information about and a translation of the highly controversial draft law banning “propaganda of homosexuality”
Crimean Tatars demand broadcasting time
13 journalists from the Crimean Tatar programme on the State-owned TV Channel “Krym” [Crimea] have issued a statement demanding increased broadcasting time, improved technical facilities as well as an end to pressure on journalists
Roma in Odessa region suffer from lack of documents and police lawlessness
More than 60% of all applications for legal assistance to the Law Centre of the Odessa Regional Branch of the Committee of Voters of Ukraine concerned unlawful actions by law enforcement bodies, mainly the police
Human rights group slams yet another deadweight anti-discrimination bill
The Verkhovna Rada has passed as basis a draft anti-discrimination bill which human rights groups believe is likely to be yet another empty document passed only to create the appearance that the government is fulfilling its obligations under an EU visa liberalization agreement
Gypsy Camp set alight in Kyiv – “for Euro 2012”
On the eve of Euro 2012 the authorities would appear o have set light to a gypsy camp and killed one of the camp dogs in Kyiv, leaving up to 60 people homeless.
Beaten Ukrainian gay activist unbowed
Gay rights are first and foremost human rights, Svyatoslav Sheremet says. Without even mentioning his beating, he says it was disappointing that the pride march had to be canceled.
Concern in Europe over homophobe violence in Kyiv
Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy has called on the Ukrainian authorities to protect the rights of all Ukrainians, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, to peaceful assembly and to freedom of expression
On Homophobia in Ukraine and its consequences
A letter OPEN FOR ENDORSEMENT to the President, Prime Minister and leaders of the main political parties regarding recent demonstrations of homophobia. It calls for a clear stand to be taken by political forces and specific measures to counter such hate crimes