Ukrainian MP's failed the amendment on sexual orientation discrimination

Source : 112 Ukraine

Chairman of Eurointegration Committee in Verkhovna Rada Iryna Gerashchenko blamed deputies in sanctimony calling their rhetoric to be speculative as well as "absolutely anti-European and shameful"
13:22, 5 November 2015

Parliament failed to consider an amendment to the Labour Code on prohibition of employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. The proposal was supported by only 117 MP’s, Eurointegration reports.

The proposal to amend was voiced on behalf of the Parliamentary Committee on European Integration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Justice by the MP and chairman of the committee Iryna Gerashchenko.

The amendment prohibits "all discrimination in the workplace, including violation of the principle of equal rights and opportunities, direct or indirect restriction of rights based on race, political, religious or other beliefs, gender identity and sexual orientation."

However, MPs voted to adopt the new draft of Labour Code, which does not include sexual orientation in the list of attributes, for which discrimination is prohibited. For such a decision voted 258 MPs.

Due to that, Iryna Herashchenko blamed people’s deputies in sanctimony during the discussion on the amendment to the Labour Code on prohibition of employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.

“I am very sorry that in the session hall there are two opinions: one - to the public, when here are trying to impose on public completely non-European standards applauding to each other. And the second is that after all is how people think in a European way behind the television cameras, but do not want to get into such delicate topics,” the deputy told in response to lack of necessity to consider the mentioned amendment expressed by some of Verkhovna Rada MP’s.

“Let’s ban to listen to the music of Tchaikovsky's, let’s ban reading books by Oscar Wilde. Let us, if we are such prudes. Let us remember that Azarov [former Prime Minister of Ukraine during Yanukovych presidency – Ed.] imposed on society the view that allegedly the European Union, first of all, is some other orientation. I want to say that speculation on this topic is absolutely anti-European and shameful rhetoric,”she summed up.

Noteworthy that amendment of the legislation by adding the provision of prohibition of discrimination based on sexual orientation is one of the points of the Action Plan on visa liberalization, the implementation of which is necessary for visa-free regime between Ukraine and the EU.

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