Nothing To Be Proud Of: Discrimination Against LGBTI People In Ukraine

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May 17, 2013

Nothing To Be Proud Of: Discrimination Against LGBTI People In Ukraine

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Even this limited attempt to bring the law closer to international and European human rights standards gave rise to strong opposition and is still under discussion. At the same time parliament is discussing two draft laws that threaten to seriously limit the enjoyment of human rights of LGBTI people. In October 2012 parliament passed the first reading of draft law 8711 (now 0945), which would ban any production or publication of products "promoting homosexuality", including through media, television or radio broadcasting; printing or distribution of publications; import, production or distribution of creative writings, cinematography or video materials. The law foresees fines or prison sentences of up to five years. Another draft law (No. 1155, formerly 10290) would introduce measures "to protect the rights of children, ensure the healthy moral, spiritual and psychological development of children", promote the idea that a family consists of "a union between a man and a woman" and to "overcome the demographic crisis". The law would ban positive or neutral information about consensual adult same-sex relationships, and provides an exhaustive list of activities that would fall under the ban, including meetings, parades, actions, pickets, demonstrations and other mass gatherings aimed at disseminating non-critical information about same-sex consensual conduct. The law also bans any educational activities regarding homosexuality or, presumably, the lives of LGBTI individuals, and any messages, articles or appeals in the media. Both laws would, if passed, contribute to perpetuate negative stereotyping about LGBTI people, discriminate against LGBTI people and severely limit their rights to freedom of expression, and assembly, as well as limit the rights of children to access information.