EU Drops Required Protection for LGBTI People


Following the European Commission’s decision not to require Ukraine to extend protection to LGBTI people in an anti-discrimination law, Freedom House released the following statement:

“Removing the requirement that Ukraine adopt anti-discrimination protections for LGBTI people is a deep disservice to Ukraine’s citizens and sends the signal that the EU does not prioritize tackling discrimination of this vulnerable, frequently targeted population,” said Chloe Schwenke, vice president for global programs at Freedom House. “We share the EU’s repeatedly voiced concerns that Ukraine’s proposed law does not adequately protect LGBTI people against discrimination and does not meet international anti-discrimination standards. We reject the argument that political expediency should trump real and meaningful steps to tackle discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.”

Ukraine is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2014, Partly Free in Freedom of the Press 2013, and Free in Freedom on the Net 2013.

To learn more about Ukraine, visit:
Op-ed: Putin’s Real Target: Democracy in Russia and Beyond
Op-ed: Ukraine Crisis is not a Game
Freedom in the World 2014: Ukraine
Nations in Transit 2013: Ukraine
Freedom of the Press 2013: Ukraine
Freedom on the Net 2013: Ukraine
Blog: Crimea Would Face a Grim Future under Russian Rule

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