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26.07.2012

UHHRU defends Roma whose camp was destroyed for Euro 2012

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

Visits 1320
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 1726
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 2042
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 1127
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 1069
06.06.2012

Human rights group slams yet another deadweight anti-discrimination bill

The Verkhovna Rada has passed as basis a draft anti-discrimination bill which human rights groups believe is likely to be yet another empty document passed only to create the appearance that the government is fulfilling its obligations under an EU visa liberalization agreement | detail

Visits 1749
03.06.2012

Gypsy Camp set alight in Kyiv – “for Euro 2012”

On the eve of Euro 2012 the authorities would appear o have set light to a gypsy camp and killed one of the camp dogs in Kyiv, leaving up to 60 people homeless. | detail

Visits 2262
25.05.2012

Beaten Ukrainian gay activist unbowed

Gay rights are first and foremost human rights, Svyatoslav Sheremet says. Without even mentioning his beating, he says it was disappointing that the pride march had to be canceled. | detail

Visits 2344
25.05.2012

Concern in Europe over homophobe violence in Kyiv

Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy has called on the Ukrainian authorities to protect the rights of all Ukrainians, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, to peaceful assembly and to freedom of expression | detail

Visits 2087
24.05.2012

On Homophobia in Ukraine and its consequences

A letter OPEN FOR ENDORSEMENT to the President, Prime Minister and leaders of the main political parties regarding recent demonstrations of homophobia. It calls for a clear stand to be taken by political forces and specific measures to counter such hate crimes | detail

Visits 2043
22.05.2012

First-ever Kyiv pride cancelled in face of ultra-right threat

The Ukrainian authorities should take action to protect the rights of LGBT people and ensure they are able to exercise their human rights without fear of attacks, Amnesty International has stated after the first-ever pride parade had to be cancelled on Sunday | detail

Visits 2071
17.05.2012

Entitled to wheelchair access

Disabled access – or the lack of it – remains a major problem in Ukraine where public buildings often don’t even have ramps. Dmytro Zharyi has experienced this himself and he’s not prepared to tolerate it | detail

Visits 2006
14.05.2012

Number of hate crimes on the increase

There has been an increase in hate crimes over recent times, as well as a rise in the use of hate speech by civil servants | detail

Visits 1269
21.04.2012

New feat from Yanukovych’s village authorities – this time racist

The Village Council in Novi Petrivtsii (Kyiv oblast) has, for the second year running, issued a thoroughly racist ban which the Berkut riot police are being deployed to enforce. | detail

Visits 2023
28.10.2011

UHHRU condemns plan to bring in liability for “propaganda of homosexuality”

The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union has addressed an open letter to the Speaker of Parliament and chairs of various parliamentary committees regarding a bill which proposes introducing liability for what it calls “propaganda of homosexuality”. | detail

Visits 1689
26.10.2011

Lviv Police accused of discriminating against Roma residents of the region

The European Roma Rights Centre has approached Ukraine’s Prosecutor General and Minister of Internal Affairs regarding reports that police officers are unlawfully taking fingerprints and carrying out checks in a discriminatory fashion of Roma people | detail

Visits 1045
25.10.2011

Disabled people not heard in Ukraine

Ukraine’s cities are completing preparations for Euro 2012. Yet virtually all places have problems with disabled access and are ignoring the suggestions put forward by those who know all too well what is needed | detail

Visits 1243
26.09.2011

Uman: Rightwing activists detained over rally against Hassidic Pilgrims

Police detained at least 50 activists of the rightwing party VO Svoboda on Sunday after they defied a court order banning a rally against Hassidic pilgrims in Uman | detail

Visits 1057
23.09.2011

Rightwing Svoboda Party begins campaign against Hassidic Pilgrims

The rightwing Svoboda Party is not known for its tolerance and commitment to multiculturalism, so the present “campaign” by the Cherkasy branch is not especially surprising. The reports about the reasons for their actions in the media do not, however, foster understanding themselves | detail

Visits 979
26.08.2011

Tolerance needed not only on paper

The Justice Ministry has presented a draft strategy for fighting discrimination for public discussion. Critics say that measures to counter discrimination will remain words unless the authorities change their attitude to the public. | detail

Visits 687
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