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Rally against Transgender Day of Remembrance in Kyiv; NewsOne journalist attacked by far right

During the live broadcast, Ukrainian MP Korchynska requested NewsOne journalists to leave the event and far-right protester against a transgender march spewed in the face of the correspondent
12:40, 18 November 2018

Vesti

An action against the march to the Transgender Day of Remembrance to memorialize those who died from violence is taking place today in Taras Shevchenko Park in Kyiv. Vesti newspaper reports.

This march is taking place for the third time, however, according to Amnesty International, the participants of the march confronted with a wave of threats from radical groups this year.  

Related: Group of young people attacked LGBT person with knife in Kyiv

Human rights activists expressed the hope that law enforcement bodies would fulfill their duty at the highest level and protect the right of citizens to a peaceful meeting. 

‘We are very concerned about the increasing level of violence against activists. More than 50 attacks on LGBT activists, anti-corruption activists, journalists, Roma families have occurred in the past year. In most cases, there is not a single effective investigation,’ reads the claim. 

Related: LGBT office is attacked in Kharkiv

International Day of Transgender People is marked all over the world on November 20. On this day, people remember those who died because of transphobia: hatred and bias towards manifestations of transgender and gender variance.

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NewsOne TV channel journalists were streaming the event, while their activities were hampered by members of far-right groups (spewed in the face of the correspondent), as well as by Ukrainian MP Oksana Korchynska (Radical Party of Oleh Lyashko), who requested journalists to leave the event. Oksana Korchynska is a wife of Ukraine's far-right Bratstvo’s party leader Dmytro Korchynsky.

UN monitoring mission for human rights reported that Ukraine experienced an increase in the number of attacks against journalists in 210% compared to the previous reporting period of 16 February to 15 May 2018. 

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