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Eight years behind bars: Ukraine might punish for violence against LGBT

Source : 112 Ukraine

Intolerance in Ukraine might become punished by fines and imprisonment
15:48, 20 September 2021

Equality March
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The Cabinet of Ministers proposes establishing a fine for restricting the rights or establishing the privileges of citizens on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. This is stated in the registered in parliament draft №5488.

It is proposed to punish with a fine of 200 to 300 non-taxable minimum incomes ($127 to $191) for restricting the rights or establishing the privileges of citizens on the grounds of skin color, political, religious and other beliefs, gender, age, disability, ethnic and social origin, citizenship, marital and property status, place of residence, language characteristics.

The document introduces the definition of the term “intolerance” as an open, biased, negative attitude towards the category of persons differing in such characteristics as race, skin color, political, religious and other beliefs, gender, age, disability, ethnic and social origin, citizenship, marital and property status, sexual orientation, gender identity, place of residence, language or other characteristics.

Related: LGBT-free zones in Poland: What is it and how do EU threaten to respond?

For public calls for violence based on intolerance, incitement to hatred, and hatred due to intolerance, it is proposed to provide criminal liability: a fine of $127 to $318 or restriction of liberty for up to 5 years with deprivation of the right to hold certain positions or engage in certain activities for up to 3 years; from $318 to $636 or imprisonment from 2 to 5 years with deprivation of the right to hold certain positions - for officials.

Discrimination committed by an organized group of people or which has led to serious consequences is punishable by 5 to 8 years' imprisonment.

Offenses committed on the grounds of intolerance will be considered by the courts as aggravating circumstances.

As reported earlier, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the bill №3427 on combating discrimination on the grounds of sex in advertising in the second reading and in general.

On September 19, the Equality March took place in Kyiv, gathering 7,000 people, including MPs and other public figures. 

In 2020, at least 188 cases of homophobia and transphobia, discrimination, and other violations of LGBT + people's rights were recorded, as Ukrainian human rights defenders assured.

Related: Equality March in defense of LGBT rights takes place in Kyiv

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