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You're reading: Free speech for all in Ukraine?

Next week, Ukraine will have a clear choice to make whether the basic rights of free speech and free assembly that are guaranteed in the Ukrainian Constitution, as well as in numerous international treaties that Ukraine has signed, are available for all Ukrainian citizens or just for some.

On May 20, a group of 200 activists are hoping to hold the first gay pride parade in Kyiv. In most of Europe, this would hardly be a newsworthy event. Berlin, Amsterdam and other cities have huge Gay Pride parades for decades with thousands of participants dancing and celebrating in the center of the city.

Every country in the European Union guarantees that homosexuals have equal rights under the law, including free speech and freedom of assembly. Article 21 of the European constitution states clearly: "Any discrimination based on any ground such as sex, race, color, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation shall be prohibited."

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