Thirty-five deputies of the European Parliament signed a letter to the authorities of Ukraine with an appeal to support the March of Equality planned for June 17 in Kyiv. The relevant appeal addressed to President Petro Poroshenko, as well as members of the Cabinet of Ministers and the Verkhovna Rada, is posted on the website of the letter's initiator, European MP Rebecca Harms.
"Two consecutive Kyivprides without violence demonstrated the country's commitment to the right of peaceful assembly, for which so many people have sacrificed their lives during the revolution on Maidan. We urge the Ukrainian authorities to preserve peace this year on June 17 and ensure security during the forthcoming Kyiv Pride," the letter says.
"We regret that the legislative progress has stalled ... Ukraine remains one of the last places in Europe, where the laws do not protect the LGBT minority," the parliamentarians state.
"Human rights are not protected until the rights of all are protected. Big changes often begin with symbolic gestures, we urge Ukrainian leaders and the authorities to join their citizens at KyivPride on June 17. Make a historic step and be in the front row while the Ukrainians are going towards a strong, diverse and equitable democracy in our European family, "the deputies urge.
We recall, March of equality is scheduled for June 17. According to the representative of KyivPride, the organizers expect that about 5 thousand people will take part in the March. Although it is impossible to predict exact figures.