Europe

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

Pink News reports: 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 … Continue reading

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Pressure on Ukraine to reject ‘gay propaganda’ bill

Sixty-two members of the U.S. Congress   on March 12 appealed to the Ukraine parliament to reject proposed laws against “homosexual propaganda.” In a letter to Volodymyr Rybak, chairman of the parliament, known as the Verkhovna Rada, they praised Ukraine for progress in human rights, but warned that “these bills threaten to create an environment that … Continue reading

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Violence, arrests disrupt gay-rights protest in Ukraine

Six LGBT-rights protesters and several counter-protesters were reportedly arrested today in Ukraine during a gathering to celebrate International Human Rights Day. The theme of the 100-person protest in Kiev was “Say NO to Legislative Violence against Human Rights,” which focuses on a bill before the parliament (the Verkhovna Rada) that would prohibit “gay propaganda.” The … Continue reading

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Europe warns Ukraine: anti-gay law obstacle to visa-free travel

The European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT rights today issued this press release, which confirms the observations of  the Oct. 4 blog post “Ukraine’s anti-gay bill could lead to travel restrictions”: The European Commission has now said that Ukraine’s proposed anti-gay law would jeopardise prospects of visa liberalisation with the European Union. The Ukrainian Parliament began examining … Continue reading