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Ukrainian government held the first ever event dedicated to protection of LGBTQ people’s rights

On February 13, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine hosted a round table “Harmonization of Ukrainian legislation with European standards in the field of combating discrimination and ensuring diversity” which was actually dedicated to one topic: overcoming homo/transphobia and its consequences on the path of Ukraine’s integration into the EU and all modern free world.

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Important though dubious judgement on homophobic crime by Ukrainian court

The offenders were sentenced to imprisonment for 2 years under Part 2 of Art. 296 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (hooliganism committed by a group of persons) with exemption from serving the sentence with a probationary period of 1 year and taking into account the circumstance that aggravates the punishment in accordance with Art. 67 of the CCU. Also, the court partially satisfied the victim’s civil claim and awarded him moral damages in the amount of UAH 60,000.

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The European Commission pays attention to solving the issues of protecting LGBTIQ people’s rights within the process of Ukraine’s accession to the EU

The European Commission’s report on Ukraine’s readiness to join the European Union does not ignore the issue to protect equal rights for LGBTIQ people. The section “Rule of law and fundamental rights” states the progress achieved by the Ukrainian authorities in recent years and points to the still unresolved problems in this area.

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