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UN urges Ukrainian authority to facilitate tolerance toward LGBT

UN expert noted the role of a group of the churches, which actively worked to block the legislation aiming the defense of rights of LGBT people
17:11, 10 May 2019

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The situation occurred in Ukraine, when the societal attitudes towards the rights of the LGBT people remain to be affected by stigma and representatives of the state authority think that the sexual orientation and gender identity should be studied and discussed. Victor Madrigal-Borloz, the UN Independent Expert on Protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity made such statement as UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner reported.

“The LGBT people think that the concealment of their identity is the key to survival,” Victor Madrigal-Borloz said.

According to him, the authority should be the example of the provision of the respect to the rights of all people by increasing awareness, education, dialogue, extension of rights and possibilities.

Related: Odesa radio has program on LGBT community, - media

The expert said that while he received no indication or gross or massive acts of individual violence against LGBT people in Ukraine, he is however concerned about extreme right-wing groups using violence and promoting hatred against LGBT people, as well as officers promoting harmful stereotypes and discrimination.

“I also regret the role of a group of churches that has actively worked to block legislation aimed at protecting the rights of LGBT people. To counter misinformation and to deconstruct harmful myths and stereotypes, the State should urgently undertake a nationwide educational campaign to foster understanding and tolerance instead of hate and prejudice”, Madrigal-Borloz said.

The expert urged the Ukrainian authority to effectively fulfill the events provided by the National Human Rights Action Plan towards the sexual orientation and gender identity.

Related: Radical groups in Ukraine obstruct LGBTI event

As we reported at Kreshchatyk, the downtown of Kyiv, a group of young people attacked an LGBT person with a knife.

Earlier the LGBT office was attacked in the Podilskiy valley in Kharkiv. According to the preliminary information, unknown in gas masks broke into the place, threw a smoke grenade, used the pepper spray and damaged the organization property.

 

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