Human Rights? – “Implementation is not possible”
(The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, other interested public authorities)
LGBT Human Rights Nash Mir Center expresses our extreme outrage at the failure of the Ukrainian government to move forward in legalizing registered partnerships for opposite-sex couples and same-sex couples in Ukraine (please see Report of the Ministry of Justice Paragraph 105, Activity 6).
The respective intentions towards registered partnership were approved by Action Plan to Implement the National Strategy for Human Rights that was adopted after the victory of the Revolution of Dignity.
References to “Constitution of Ukraine, international treaties of Ukraine, other relevant legislation” are beneath any criticism: domestic as well as international legislation do not limit the possibility of introducing registered partnership in Ukraine.
We also want to remind you that:
1) An administrative court is currently considering the lawsuit of Nash Mir Center to the central government on the implementation of this item of the Action Plan (please see Case 826/7111/17 in the Unified State Register of Judgments)
2) Several complaints, which request Ukraine to stop discrimination against same-sex couples and to settle these issues, are still waiting for their consideration by the European Court of Human Rights.
Nash Mir Center is to say with our great regret that this demarche of a public authority constitutes a big step backward on human rights in Ukraine.
This is clearly contrary to global trends on the recognition of equal rights for LGBT people, particularly in family issues.
Unfortunately, it significantly hurts the Eurointegration aspirations of our country that were defended in the struggle by Ukrainian civil society and then declared and strengthened by the official authorities.
Contradictory trends in the recognition of LGBT rights in Ukraine can be learned from the just published annual report of Nash Mir Center: On the rise. LGBT situation in Ukraine in 2017.
Nash Mir Center
07 February, 2018, Kyiv