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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
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

Visits 7395
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Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers appears to have withdrawn its appointed Family Ombudsperson after public outrage over the person’s highly contentious views on the subject of LGBT rights, support for a Russian-style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

Visits 3166
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

Visits 3023
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

Visits 5602
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

Visits 3465
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 2434
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

Visits 4087
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

Visits 3249
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

Visits 2852
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

Visits 2577
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

Visits 3500
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 2846
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 2869
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

Visits 9231
27.06.2014

Chubarov: Simferopol authorities are segregating Crimean Tatars

Crimean Tatar Flag Day was not the first time under Russian occupation that Crimean Tatars have been prevented from holding events in the centre of Simferopol. In May the occupation regime banned the traditional remembrance gatherings marking the seventieth anniversary of the Deportation. | detail

Visits 216158
15.05.2014

Ukrainian language pushed out of Crimean schools

The Russian Education Ministry has announced that Ukrainian in Crimean schools will be retrained as teachers of Russian. Not only is the main language of tuition changing at the Ukrainian Lyceum in Simferopol, but a Russian flag has now been raised over it | detail

Visits 6894
21.01.2014

Vaad Ukraine condemns efforts to use anti-Semitism for political gain

The Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine demand adequate investigation of recent anti-Semitic attacks. They warn that given overt attempts to use the topic of anti-Semitism to discredit the opposition and civil protest movement, the Jewish community should be especially vigilant. | detail

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