UN: Ukraine Must Rethink Anti-Gay Law

Tuesday Oct 9, 2012

UNITED NATIONS - The U.N.'s human rights office has urged Ukraine to rethink a much-criticized bill that envisions jail time for people who disseminate positive information about gays.

A spokesman for the U.N. human rights commissioner, Rupert Colville, said Friday that the law "is clearly discriminatory and runs counter to Ukraine's international commitments to ensure freedom of expression and information."

The law has caused outrage among rights groups and politicians who have called it a flashback to Soviet times, when homosexuality was a crime.

The bill envisages prison terms of up to five years for spreading homosexual "propaganda" - positive public depiction of gays.

Despite the criticism, legislators on Tuesday passed the bill in the first of two required readings. President Viktor Yanukovych has not said whether he will sign it into law.

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  • Wayne M., 2012-10-10 17:26:43

    Unfortunately, there are still Gay men here in America (Canada and United States) who gladly take vacations to places like Ukraine, Jamaica and Uganda. Unless we act in solidarity with our LGBT brothers in sisters in countries like these, we will continue to see homophobic laws and actions on the part of those governments.

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