Parliament: first move to revoking public morality law


On 11 January 2011, the Verkhovna Rada adopted as a base a draft law (№6532) on amendments to some laws regarding the protection of public morality. The draft bill, supported by 324 Deputies, proposes supplementing the Law on the Protection of Children with a provision which bans the preparation (production), possession, advertising, circulation, or purchase of products containing child pornography; the import, export or transit through Ukraine, or sending by post of such products; the engaging of children in activities linked with the production and sale of products of a sexual or erotic nature; the circulation of such products among children.

It is also proposed to state in the Law on Advertising that “it is prohibited to have external advertising (open shop windows, signs on buildings, streets etc) containing texts or images of a sexual or erotic nature”.  It would also be prohibited to use images of underage persons in any form in the production of material or visual productions of a sexual or erotic nature.

With the entry into force of the above-mentioned amendments, the Law on the Protection of Public Morality would become null and void.

That law has been widely criticized by media and human rights organizations in Ukraine and by experts from the Council of Europe.  One of the main criticisms was the excessively vague terminology making it difficult (or impossible) to foresee which material would be deemed in violation of its provisions.

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