05/17/2018

Urgent Action: Violent Disruption Threatens Equality Festival (Ukraine: UA 99.18)


The Ukrainian Police in the western Ukrainian town of Chernivtsi have advised the organizers of the Equality Festival to move it away from the city centre to an undisclosed location because far-right groups have threatened the event and are set on disrupting it. The police also claim that they are unable to offer a sufficient number of officers to protect the festival despite reports that members of different far-right groups from across Ukraine are planning to travel to Chernivtsi for the festival.

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The Ukrainian Police in the western Ukrainian town of Chernivtsi have advised the organizers of the Equality Festival to move it away from the city centre to an undisclosed location because far-right groups have threatened the event and are set on disrupting it. The police also claim that they are unable to offer a sufficient number of officers to protect the festival despite reports that members of different far-right groups from across Ukraine are planning to travel to Chernivtsi for the festival.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Urging the authorities to guarantee the freedom of assembly of the Equality Festival, in particular by taking sufficient measures to protect public safety and order;
  • Demanding an effective investigation into all instances of threats and harassment against members of the LGBT community in Chernivtsi.

Contact these two officials by 27 June, 2018:

Head of National Police for Chernivtsi Region
Serhey Piligrim
vul. Holovna 24
58000
Chernivtsi, Ukraine
E-mail: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Head of Department

Ambassador Valeriy Chaly, Embassy of Ukraine
3350 M St NW Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 1 202 349 2963 I Fax: 1 202 333 0817
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @UKRintheUSA
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION

Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 99.18
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