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You're reading: EU needs to pressure Ukraine on LGBT rights

Last year, three
different bills were proposed to the Ukrainian Rada, all three in different ways
aiming at combat that year’s buzzword “propaganda of homosexuality.”

On October 2, 2012,
the Rada finally adopted one of these bills in the first reading. The bill
proposed to introduce amendments to the laws on public morality, on the press,
on television and radio, and on publishing. These amendments would make
“propaganda of homosexuality” an administrative offense punishable by fine (up
to Hr 5,000), and add homosexuality to the list of prohibited topics, along
with propaganda of violence and cruelty, in article 300 of the criminal code. Violation
of this article is punished by up to 5 years in prison. The law is now waiting
for a second reading.

Similarly, on 25
January 2013 a federal bill was adopted in the first reading in Russia. If signed
into law it would introduce new articles to Russia’s administrative code, making
“propaganda of homosexuality among minors” punishable by fines of up to 5,000
rubles ($155) for individuals and 500,000 rubles for legal entities. Such laws
already exist in over a dozen Russian regions but this is the first attempt to
introduce a federal ban. It is likely to pass.

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