Meeting with members of Verkhovna Rada Committee on Human Rights
On February 26, 2020 Fulcrum conducted a round table «International Mechanisms for Ensuring Human Rights and Gender Equality» on the Committee on Human Rights

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On February 26, Fulcrum UA in cooperation with NGO Bureau of Social and Political Developments organised a round table "International Mechanisms of human rights and gender equality security". A meeting was held in Committee on Human Rights, Deoccupation and Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories in Donetsk, Luhansk Regions and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, National Minorities and Interethnic Relations with the participation of members of Ukrainian parliament.

Ukrainian MPs Nelli Yakovleva, Lada Bulakh, Taras Tarasenko expressed their desire to collaborate with human rights activists to secure and guarantee equal rights for all people in Ukrainian society.

"Our success depends on our communication. We are moving step by step to our victory", - said Nelli Yakovleva, head of Subcommittee on gender equality and non-discrimination.

Also, Milosz Hodun, an international advisor at Nowoczesna, Polish liberal party, shared experience of Poland in fighting anti-LGBT and anti-gender movements.

Brief reports were presented by representatives of Fulcrum UA, Parents` Initiative Tergo and LGBT-militaries movement. Impact: the event significantly increased awareness of MPs (as they admitted) on the issues and needs of LGBT+ community and possible ways to improve domestic human rights legislation, also on the relevant example of Poland that shares quite similar to Ukraine cultural and political environment.

Also, by the end of the meeting all parties agreed to continue cooperation and discussions on the most effective ways to ensure legislative protection of human rights for all citizens of Ukraine.

Inna Tsarkova - Political/Economic Program Officer from Embassy of Canada and Zoryan Kis - Political Program Officer from Embassy of the Netherlands noted that both countries support Ukraine Goverment on the path to human rights protection.

RESULTS:

- MP and a participant of the round table Lada Bulakh, who had previously registered draft of the law №3316-2 on prevention and combating hate crimes in the Ukrainian parliament, presented her initiatives. A draft of the law №3316-2 proposes to criminalize hate crimes on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity as well as the introduction of committing a hate crime based on sexual orientation and gender identity as an aggravating circumstance in almost all articles of the Criminal Code relating to violence. The initiative was supported by Chairman Tarasenko, who was also present at the meeting.

- Members of Ukrainian parliament Nelli Yakovleva, Lada Bulakh and Taras Tarasenko expressed their positive attitude and readiness towards cooperation with human rights activists to ensure equal rights for all in our society. The Committee have decided to organize a discussion between opponents and human rights allies in relation to LGBT (unfortunately, due to quarantine this process is frozen).

- Members of the Verkhovna Rada also exchanged contacts with Milosz Hodun and agreed to deepen cooperation with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party (ALDE).
This initiative is conducted by NGO FULCRUM UA with the support of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), Global Affairs Canada. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of IFES, government of Canada.


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