Challenge without Response:
Hate Crimes against LGBT in Ukraine

Conference with international participation
23 February 2018, Kyiv, Ukraine

After selecting a strategic course toward integration into modern Europe, Ukraine’s state authorities and society are no longer able to continue turning a blind eye to the problems that they have completely ignored since gaining independence. One of the major problems is overcoming the consequences of the homophobia that still prevails in Ukraine – in particular the fight to overcome hate crimes against LGBT people. Such crimes, in which the victim is chosen because of belonging to a certain group, are particularly dangerous for society: these crimes create discord, opposing one part of society against the rest and creating an atmosphere in which any member of the targeted community does not feel safe.

Statistical data collected by non-governmental and international organizations indicate a significant spread of hate crimes against LGBT people in Ukraine. But so far, both Ukrainian legislation and state policy in this area are not effective as tools in the fight against the occurrence of such crimes. The purpose of our conference is to draw the attention of the public, government and law enforcement officials to this problem, to assess the current situation, and to propose solutions for the problem’s correction on the basis of the best international practices.

The organisers of the conference: LGBT Human Rights Nash Mir Center and The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union

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LGBT Human Rights Nash Mir Center – Twenty Years Serving Ukrainian LGBT Community

The conference is organised with the financial support from The British Embassy in Kyiv, Canada Fund for Local Initiatives and Tides Foundation.

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