LGBT people in Crimea and Ukraine fear persecution under Russian anti-gay law

Ukraine MapOn Apr 29, 2014 reported: Concerns have been raised for the safety of LGBT people in Ukraine, Crimea and Russia amid a crisis in the area.

Following the Russian annexation of Crimea, LGBT people are now subjected to the Russia anti-gay law signed by President Vladimir Putin last June.

The law bans the promotion of “non-tradition sexual relationships” to minors.

A pride event in Sebastopol was banned following application of the law. It had been set to take place on 22-23 April.

Since the law was brought into practice last year, Vitaly Milonov, the Member of the Legislative Assembly of St Petersburg and the co-author of the law has called for more measures to “eradicate the experimental practice of sodomy.”

Ulrike Lunacek MEP, Co-President of the LGBT Intergroup and Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, said: “The spread of these ‘anti-propaganda’ laws and the calls for further discriminatory restrictions are truly worrying.

“It shows these laws started a dangerous trend of fear mongering and inciting hatred, whereby some wrongly think that it’s alright to restrict the rights of a group they dislike. The EU and the Council of Europe need to maintain pressure on Russian authorities.”

Since the beginning of the crisis, the Ukranian government has also withdrawn a bill which would have banned anti-gay discrimination in the workplace, re-introducing the bill without listing sexual orientation as a protected ground.

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