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01.09.2016

ADC "Memorial" and the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group welcomes the Concluding observations of the UN CERD addressed to the government of Ukraine

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination published its concluding observations and recommendations following consideration of the 22-23 State periodic report of Ukraine and the alternative materials from non-profit organizations | detail

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30.08.2016

Terrifying Precedent Set by Authorities’ Response to Violent Anti-Roma Pogrom

Disturbances on August 27 in Loshchynivka (Odesa oblast) have resulted in the targeted ethnic group ‘agreeing’ to leave the area, and being too fearful to even return to collect their possessions. There are differences from the pogroms of the past, but there are also some very worrying similarities, including how the authorities and law enforcement bodies reacted. | detail

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11.07.2016

Alternative report on the implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination by Ukraine

Prepared by Anti-Discrimination Centre “Memorial” and Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group for the 90th session of the UN CERD, 2016 | detail

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13.06.2016

Ukraine did it! LGBT Equality March passes without major problems

For the first time, a planned Gay Pride march has taken place in the very centre of Kyiv with few incidents. On a day so darkened by the massacre in Orlando, Florida, this may have seemed a small thing, but for Ukraine it was a major achievement | detail

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11.04.2016

Inadequate charges & sentences over violent homophobic attack on Kyiv Gay Pride march

Nine months after an Equality March in Kyiv was attacked by right-wing homophobic thugs, four men have received 2-year suspended sentences. No hate crime component was taken into account and the defendants were deemed to deserve a milder sentence for their ‘sincere remorse’. | detail

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20.03.2016

Far-Right homophobic thugs attack LGBT Equality Festival in Lviv

The Equality Festival events planned for this weekend in Lviv have been disrupted and the activists effectively – and with violence – driven out of the city. The police did not detain any of the young far-right thugs in masks who first harassed activists, then surrounded the hotel and attacked a coach with Equality Festival activists. | detail

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08.03.2016

Ukraine’s Government backs down on appointment of homophobic Family Ombudsman

Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers appears to have withdrawn its appointed Family Ombudsperson after public outrage over the person’s highly contentious views on the subject of LGBT rights, support for a Russian-style law banning ‘propaganda of homosexuality’ and some seriously offensive pronouncements. | detail

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13.11.2015

Finally! Ukraine’s MPs vote through LGBT anti-discrimination norm

A fourth attempt to pass a vital ban on discrimination in the workplace has finally succeeded, with the amendment receiving 234 votes, 8 more than the minimum required. The amendment specifically bans discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, and it was this that uncovered a worrying level of homophobia among Ukrainian MPs. | detail

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11.11.2015

Ukraine’s MPs reject LGBT anti-discrimination bill and European integration

If the absence of a number of MPs during the previous attempt on Nov 5 seemed suspicious, on Tuesday it could confidently be called sabotage – of Ukraine’s prospects for European integration. | detail

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06.11.2015

Homophobia Rules: Ukraine’s parliament rejects vital anti-discrimination legislation

Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada has failed to support a key provision on prohibiting the discrimination of sexual minorities in the new Labour Code, a critical requirement for the EU to waive visa requirements | detail

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21.09.2015

Schoolchildren forbidden to speak to each other in Crimean Tatar

Students at one Crimean school have been prohibited from using the Crimean Tatar language to communicate among themselves, despite the fact that the school is in a village where Crimean Tatars constitute 70% of the population. A man was recently also threatened with dismissal if he spoke with clients in Crimean Tata | detail

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04.09.2015

Prohibited from discriminating against Crimeans

A Ukrainian court has finally seen the light, as well as the law, and has revoked a discriminatory ruling by Ukraine’s National Bank which made the life of Crimeans following Russia’s invasion and occupation even harder. | detail

Visits 1690
24.04.2015

Deportation & discrimination in Occupied Crimea, while EU sanctions remain on paper

Moscow’s claim that it needed to annex Crimea to protect ethnic Russians was never proven. What has been demonstrated, and soon, is that ethnic Ukrainians, Crimean Tatars and all Crimeans who remain Ukrainian nationals face serious discrimination. | detail

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24.03.2015

A Welcome First: Ukraine’s first university student with Down Syndrome

19-year-old Bohdan Kravchuk from Lutsk in Western Ukraine is a first year student in the history faculty of the Lesya Ukrainka East European National University. | detail

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29.01.2015

Kyiv Court allows National Bank’s discrimination against Crimeans

Human rights activists are adamant that calling Crimeans ‘non-residents’ and restricting their right to bank operations in Ukrainian banks is in breach of Ukraine’s Constitution which prohibits discrimination on the grounds of place of residence. | detail

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30.12.2014

National Bank’s attempt to improve plight of Crimeans makes situation worse

Following a storm of criticism and law suits, Ukraine’s National Bank attempted to rectify the situation whereby Crimeans were discriminated against. Human rights activists warn that the measures taken have led to new restrictions on Crimeans’ rights and imposed additional requirements | detail

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03.12.2014

Setting alight Kyiv’s Zhovten’ cinema during an LGBT film called ‘hooliganism’

The police have reclassified the crime from arson because the two men who have confessed say they ‘only’ wanted to disrupt the showing of one of the films at an LGBT film festival | detail

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13.11.2014

Ukraine’s National Bank discriminates against Crimeans

Ukrainians registered as living in the Crimea face restrictions that other Ukrainians do not. Olha Skrypnyk, head of the Crimean Field Mission on Human Rights slams this as overt discrimination. | detail

Visits 2077
17.10.2014

Call for sanctions against Russia over repression in Crimea

The Coalition for Combating Discrimination in Ukraine [CCD] is calling on the Ukrainian government and international community to pay heed to systematic rights violations in the Crimea under Russian occupation and to impose international sanctions. | detail

Visits 2161
07.10.2014

Luhansk pro-Russian militant ‘republic’ criminalizes homosexuality

This legislative opus from the self-proclaimed Luhansk people’s republic was ‘voted on’ with a show of hands, which the self-styled parliamentarians appear to consider sufficient for people to be sent to prison or executed for homosexual acts | detail

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