Jan Tombinski, Head of the EU delegation to Ukraine, congratulated the Verkhovna Rada on the European Union in Ukraine Facebook page regarding the adoption of the antidiscrimination amendment to the Labour Code, Day.kiev.ua reported.
"I welcome Verkhovna Rada's amendment of the Labour Code explicitly prohibiting discrimination on various grounds. This is in line with Ukraine's human rights obligations undertaken with the United Nations, the Council of Europe and the EU. This is an important element in meeting the requirements of the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan.
I have full understanding for the values and traditions within Ukrainian society, which are not put into question by this amendment. Furthermore, equal rights for all Ukrainian citizens form an important element of fundamental human rights. The respect of every individual, independent of his personal characteristics, is at the heart of a modern European society.
It is very important that amendments which were adopted today by Verkhovna Rada are maintained in the new Labour Code, which will deliberated by Verkhovna Rada in the nearest future," said in a statement.
As it was reported before, Ukrainian Parliament voted for anti-discriminational amendments to the Labour Code on November 12. The amendments to the Code proposed to prohibit any discrimination in employment, including violation of the principle of equal rights and opportunities, direct or indirect restriction of the rights of workers depending on race, color, political, religious and other beliefs, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnic, social and foreign origin, age, health, disability, HIV / AIDS, family and property status, family responsibilities, location, membership in trade union or other association of citizens participating in strike, appeal or intend to apply to the courts or other authorities to protect their rights or supporting other workers in defending their rights, linguistic or other grounds not related to the nature of the work or the context of its implementation.