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

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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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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No Heroes: From skinheads to “anti-paedophile” thugs

The dubious tactics of «anti-paedophile» – often anti-gay - vigilantes from an organization with neo-Nazi links have finally been noticed - and actually condemned - by the police. Less cheeringly, this attention coincides with calls by certain MPs and the Human Rights Ombudsperson for the EU to waive its demand that Ukraine prohibit discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. | detail

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LGBT groups appeal to EU over attempts to restrict anti-discrimination measures

The groups addressed an open letter to EU leaders after Valeria Lutkovska, Human Rights Ombudsperson and several MPs stated that they planned to ask the European Commission to waive the requirement on amendments to anti-discrimination legislation. | detail

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Ukraine’s attempt to ignore homophobic discrimination outrageous

Ukraine’s bid to persuade the European Commission to release the country from its commitment to legislate against homophobia is an unacceptable attempt to deny equal rights in the country, Amnesty International says | detail

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Crime rate among Roma lower than the national average

A comparison of the number of crimes committed by Roma and on average in Ukraine was carried out in the Transcarpathian, Odessa, Poltava and Cherkasy oblasts where there are large Roma communities. This found that the crime rate among the Roma was 2.5 times lower than the general level in the country. | detail

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PACE calls on Russia & Ukraine to abandon “homosexual propaganda” laws

In its Recommendation, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe calls on Ukraine’s Parliament not to pursue the examination of the draft law on the prohibition of so-called "homosexual propaganda”. | detail

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On attempts by the Kyiv authorities to ban the March for Equality on 25 May

The Coalition for Combating Discrimination in Ukraine has issued a statement regarding attempts by the Kyiv City State Administration [KCSA] to secure a court ban on any events in the centre of Kyiv on 25 May 2013 | detail

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Homophobic protests against discrimination law heeded

Following months of protest from civic organizations over a thoroughly inadequate anti-discrimination bill, the same document has aroused indignation and seriously inflated claims from groups claiming to be protecting family values etc and see the law as “defending” homosexuality. | detail

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Justice Ministry remains deaf to NGOs’ comments on anti-discrimination legislation

At the beginning of October the Justice Ministry set to drawing up a package of amendments to the much-criticism Anti-Discrimination Law and to other legislative acts. Unfortunately for the second time comments from civic organizations were not taken into account. | detail

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Wheelchair Power!

With one major victory behind him, Dmytro Zhariy is now helping other people who come up against the appalling lack of wheelchair access in Ukraine to defend their rights. | detail

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Pharmacy without wheelchair access loses its licence

Lawyer Dmytro Zharyi whose battle for wheelchair access has been recounted here has spent almost a year fighting for his rights through the courts | detail

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HRW calls for investigation into attacks on LGBT protest

Human Rights Watch has called on Ukraine’s government to condemn attacks on a peaceful protest in Kyiv on 8 December and to condemn homophobic speech, including from members of the VO Svoboda Party. | detail

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Disabled in Ukraine – ignored and angry

Around 50 Ukrainians with disabilities marked International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December by staging a protest over inaction and indifference to their problems, including from the President and Prime Minister | detail

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Need for improved anti-discrimination legislation stressed

Ukraine has no effective mechanisms for protecting people against discrimination and the law recently passed by the Verkhovna Rada (On the Principles of Preventing and Countering Discrimination) needs radical change | detail

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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 | detail

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