The Human Rights organisation Amnesty International has said that Ukraine’s recent bid to release itself from EU obligations to legislate against homophobia is an unacceptable attempt to deny equal rights in the country.
The Ukrainian foreign minister, Leonid Kozhara, promised in February that the country would soon ban all anti-gay discrimination in an interview with a Polish newspaper.
This came before its commitment to the European Committee in June, where the government said it would develop a legal framework to protect minorities from discrimination.
However, following a number of anti-gay protests in the country, it later indicated it would not support a draft law aimed at outlawing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
On Thursday, Ukraine’s Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights, Valeriya Lutkowska, announced that she and a number of parliamentarians would travel to Brussels to persuade the EU to release the country from its responsibility to legislate against discrimination.
(Source: Pink News, 6-Sep-2013)