“Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are calling on the Ukrainian authorities to reject bill No. 8711 on the grounds that this law will limit children’s right to seek, receive and transmit information… and will lead to discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, including the violation of their the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly,” Executive Director of Amnesty International in Ukraine Tetiana Mazur said at a press conference in Kyiv on Wednesday.
She said that Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch had already asked Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn to withdraw bill No. 8711, which “directly contradicts Ukraine’s commitments assumed as part of European and international treaties on the protection of human rights.”
As reported, on October 2 the Verkhovna Rada passed at first reading a bill amending some legal documents regarding protection of children’s right to safe information space. Some 289 of the 350 MPs registered in the sitting hall supported the bill.