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Amnesty International: Ukraine’s attempt to ignore anti-gay discrimination is ‘unacceptable’

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  1. This country must never be allowed to join or recieve concessions from the EU whilst it does not have a grip on democracy and civilised values.
    It has been suggested that a countries treatment of minorities such as their disabled, prisoners, and natural minorities including LGB&TI peoples is like canaries in the coal mine to their level of commitment to an open diverse and fair society.
    Ukraine is no-where near that and seems to be regressing away from it at the present time.
    The last thing the EU needs is expansion to include more basket case countries.

  2. The Ukrainians – it’s like the Russian Slavs.
    Never Slavs will not support it. It is unnatural.
    You can not blackmail and violence to inculcate tolerance. Remember that.
    And shut up.

    1. CanadianChris 6 Sep 2013, 9:54pm

      Natural: Anything commonly found in nature. Homosexuality is commonly found in not only humans, which makes it a part of human nature and therefore natural to humans, but it is commonly found in all of nature (hundreds of different species of animals) as well. Once again, therefore, homosexuality is by the very definition of the word: natural.

      Yes, it does appear like the Slavic nations are indeed dragging their feet when it comes to the (inevitable) acceptance of homosexuality. But it would appear that they sadly have no problem with been oppressed/controlled by self-absorbed dictators.

      PS: Where exactly are LGBT rights activists committing violence? It’s YOU bigots that are committing violence. And yes, Ukraine WILL pass anti-discrimination legislation or it will not be allowed into the EU.

      1. “Yes, it does appear like the Slavic nations are indeed dragging their feet when it comes to the (inevitable) acceptance of homosexuality. But it would appear that they sadly have no problem with been oppressed/controlled by self-absorbed dictators.”

        Slavic countries like the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Slovenia, Croatia and Bulgaria are part of the EU, I don’t think they’re dictatorships. Some of these countries have progressed significantly on LGBT rights.

    2. No LGBT people are advocating violence, No Name. Clearly education is the answer as you yourself so painfully demonstrate. You might also like to ask yourself why you feel so threatened by gay people, and then sort out your insecurities about your own sexuality.

    3. You might wanna educate yourself a bit on nature before you go around deeming what is “natural” or “un-natural”

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexuality

      If you can offer any studies or information that has more credibility than wikipedia’s sources, I’d be happy to read them.

      Oh, and blackmail and violence are still very “straight” activities, btw.

      And shut up.

  3. Graham S. 7 Sep 2013, 9:01am

    This is simple… If they don’t want to play by the rules… Throw them out of the game

  4. MaartenBE 7 Sep 2013, 9:32am

    Ukraine is not a member of the EU, nor is it a candidate member ?!?!

  5. Jock S. Trap 7 Sep 2013, 11:45am

    On Thursday, Ukraine’s Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights, Valeriya Lutkowska, announced that she and a number of parliamentarians would travel to Brussels to persuade the EU to release the country from its responsibility to legislate against discrimination.

    Er… So a Human Rights Commissioner is traveling to Brussels to fight FOR discrimination… how does that work exactly?

    Just damn wrong!

    If they cannot abide by EU law throw them out, otherwise I do hope the EU will stand firm.

    1. Ukraine and Moldova are not members of the European Union, but have started a process to attempt to join and have been already granted some concessions by the EU – as they are regressing from those commitments already entered into, those concessions should be suspended until they can show they are complying with them in reality and practice – not just word salad.
      At present they are not complying with those agreements already entered into which allowed them those concessions !!

  6. CH Brighton 7 Sep 2013, 4:32pm

    One has to wonder if they have been emboldened in their quest by the noises made by the government of a country like Britain saying it wishes to pull away from the European Convention on Human Rights. Like the Ukraine government, the present British government wishes to pick and choose it’s way through Human Rights categories. And to ease it’s way through, it is demonising some of the categories of people needing EHRC support – immigrants, criminals, asylum seekers etc. The Ukrainians may point to the proposed ‘British Bill of Rights’ and say they are only doing the same thing, just leaving out different categories of people to suit its own prejudices.

  7. Anastasia 7 Sep 2013, 7:31pm

    I’m from Ukraine. Unfortunately many of Ukrainians want to join EU, but they don’t want to admit some elementary ethical rules. For me it’s a great shame. I think it’s all ,because of the socialist past in which many people still live. I am a representative of a new generation which was born in the independent Ukraine. My friends and me respect and accept homosexuals. I repeat it’s a great shame that some people in my country don’t understand that their freedom has ended at the place where freedom of another human has begun!

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