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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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”
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.
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.
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
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.
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
MPs want to ban "propaganda of homosexuality"
Information about and a translation of the highly controversial draft law banning “propaganda of homosexuality”
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