Ukraine’s anti-gay bills don’t derail visa relaxation

Pink News reports:

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Efforts to halt the European Parliament’s decision to relax visa restrictions on Ukraine, due to the country’s support for homophobic legislation have failed.

Since 2011, the Ukrainian Parliament has been examining two draft laws making it illegal to say homosexuality is normal, or supporting LGBT people in any way.

It is feared the laws are close to being adopted.

Human rights organisations had called on the European Parliament to suspend plans for easier EU visa rules for Ukrainian citizens as a response to the country’s anti-gay agenda.

However, on Thursday, the European Parliament gave its binding consent for the new measures.

For more information, read the full article in Pink News: European Parliament relaxes visa restrictions on Ukraine despite looming anti-gay bill.

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, and editor/publisher of Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at info@76crimes.com.

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