Document - Ukraine must reject planned anti-gay laws

</head> <body> <p> <b>�AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL</b> <b>�MEDIA ADVISORY</b> ��AI Index: EUR 50/009/2012�5 July 2012 </p> <p> <b>�Ukraine must reject planned anti-gay laws </b> </p> <p>��The Ukrainian parliament must reject two draft laws which are a direct assault on lesbian, gay and bisexual people’s rights and in contravention of the country’s international obligations to protect the right to non-discrimination, Amnesty International said. ��The draft laws purport to protect the rights of children by denying them information relating to homosexuality. ��If enacted, this legislation would have the effect of discriminating against lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals in their exercise of the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly. ��“The draft laws appear to be the outcome of stereotypical views on homosexuality rather than the result of a thorough process aimed at seeking the views of children and ensuring their best interest,” said Heather McGill, Amnesty International’s expert on Ukraine. � �“If it is to live up to European and international human rights standards, the Ukrainian government must strive to create a society in which diversity is viewed not as a threat, but as a source of enrichment for society as a whole.” �<b>�See also:</b> �<i>Ukraine: Proposed laws discriminate against LGBTI people and violate children’s rights</i> �<b>�To arrange for an interview please contact:</b> �Heather McGill, Amnesty International’s expert on Ukraine on heather.mcgill@amnesty.org or +44 (0)7799605261 ��</p> </body> </html> <div class="messages noicon"><h2><a href="/en/library/info/EUR50/009/2012/en">View the overview page for this document</a></h2></div> </div> </div> </div></div> <!-- /squeeze /main --> <div id="ai-sidebar-last" class="column ai-sidebar"> <div class="panel-pane pane-block pane-amnestyblocks-print-email" id="block-amnesty-print_email"> <div class="pane-content"> <ul class="print-email"><li class="0 first last active"><a 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