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Parliament Fails To Pass Anti-Discrimination Bill, Visa-Free Travel To EU Jeopardized
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Ukraine's parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, has once again failed to move forward with passing anti-discrimination laws. Today, the Rada did not include anti-discrimination laws in the labor code. This comes less than a week after the Rada voted down an anti-discrimination bill. Interfax-Ukraine reports:

Corresponding bill No. 3442 on amending to the Labor Code of Ukraine (concerning the harmonization of legislation in the area of preventing and combating discrimination with the legislation of the European Union) was put on the parliament's agenda on Tuesday, an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent reported.

However, the document was supported by only 207 MPs, with the required minimum being 226 votes.

The passage of anti-discrimination legislation is essential for moving forward with Ukraine's EU integration plans, the impetus for last year's Euromaidan Revolution. Without such laws, the EU is unlikely to grant Ukraine a visa-free travel agreement.

As we have been reporting, both gay rights advocates and those seeking EU integration have protested today. Despite the protests, the new measure has once again failed.

The Kyiv Post reports:

Organizers of the protest, called “Don’t F*ck with us,” argued that since the members of parliament are chosen by the Ukrainian people, they should not block a European future that thousands of Ukrainians fought for during the EuroMaidan Revolution.

The protest’s page on Facebook said some 2,000 people would attend, but roughly 500 ultimately showed up.

“It’s not an event targeted at the LGBT community. It’s about the future of Ukraine, and to let the MPs inside the parliament know that we want a European future for Ukraine. The future that many of us dreamt of after the Maidan revolution,” Tymur Levchuk, a 21-year-old local LGBT activist wearing a rainbow umbrella, told the Kyiv Post.

The organizers of the event asked people not to bring rainbow flags or other accessories that could lead to a confrontation with anti-gay protesters. The violence at the June 6 protest – when several gay rights activists were beaten down and chased by radicals -- is still fresh in many activists’ minds.

Levchuk wore the rainbow colors, he said, to draw attention to the basic problem of inequality in Ukraine. “They want to organize an event to push MPs to vote for a European future, including legislation to forbid discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. We’re all equal here, and to show my equality I’ve brought rainbow colors,” he said.

Pro-EU protest in front of parliament

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Protesters gather in front of the parliament building to rally for legislative steps to be taken in favor of closer EU integration. A few hundred protesters braved the rain and the cold on Nov.

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Nov 11, 2015 00:21 (GMT)
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