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29.01.2013

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

Visits 1365
02.01.2013

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

Visits 1274
20.12.2012

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

Visits 1365
04.12.2012

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

Visits 1638
20.11.2012

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

Visits 1991
12.10.2012

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

Visits 1429
09.10.2012

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. | detail

Visits 1693
06.10.2012

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 | detail

Visits 1288
06.10.2012

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 | detail

Visits 1249
04.10.2012

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. | detail

Visits 1215
04.10.2012

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 | detail

Visits 1091
03.10.2012

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” | detail

Visits 1092
21.09.2012

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. | detail

Visits 1248
12.09.2012

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. | detail

Visits 1897
08.09.2012

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 | detail

Visits 1636
26.07.2012

UHHRU defends Roma whose camp was destroyed for Euro 2012

As reported, on the eve of Euro 2012 a gypsy camp in Bereznyaki in Kyiv was set alight, seemingly at the instigation of the authorities. Up to 60 people were left homeless. | detail

Visits 1160
02.07.2012

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 | detail

Visits 1543
19.06.2012

MPs want to ban "propaganda of homosexuality"

Information about and a translation of the highly controversial draft law banning “propaganda of homosexuality” | detail

Visits 1819
13.06.2012

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 | detail

Visits 1006
08.06.2012

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 | detail

Visits 934
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