Ukraine crackdown

by Richard on May 27, 2012


This week, millions saw this dramatic photo of a gay man beaten by neo-Nazi extremists in Kiev, Ukraine. It’s shocking, but the anti-gay movement doesn’t stop there. As early as this week, Ukraine’s legislature is expected to vote in favor of new laws that will make it illegal to be gay or lesbian in public.

President Viktor Yanukovych is the only person with the power to stop the law in its tracks, but he has stayed silent as anti-gay sentiment grows. If he doesn’t speak out now, an entire generation will be forced into the shadows.

Here’s our chance: Ukraine has been trying to forge a “special alliance” with the European Union for years and this week an EU delegation focused on human rights will visit the country to advance the process. If we create a massive outcry in the next 3 days across Europe, President Yanukovych will be forced to finally speak out against the law or risk endangering his lucrative EU partnership.

Will you add your name to the call - we don’t have much time:

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John 05.29.12 at 5:33 pm

And reiterated - with race - in Panorama last night, which left me open-jawed. I thought I had left behind the experience of north east London in the late 1970s (the NF leafletting the schools, black and Jewish young people routinely abused) but the horrifying behaviour of Ukrainian and Polish youth towards black players brought it all sickeningly back. “The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”


Mark Byron 05.29.12 at 11:04 pm

I’m not sure if keeping them out of the EU would help. If they get the cold shoulder there, Yanukovych will yank them towards Moscow, which is his natural bent. The Russians are more xenophobic than the EU is as well as more authoritarian, so if you want to make Ukraine more civil, the EU might help.


John 05.31.12 at 10:37 am

I agree with Mark. The EU must continue to work with Ukraine and the other remaining former soviet states in eastern Europe. I pray that Catherine Ashton and the European External Action Service are doing everything they can privately to ensure that human rights are promoted and that the current talks on trade to conclude the association agreement include quid pro quo arrangements to support the same. Oh dear - I feel a letter coming on.

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