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Petro Poroshenko’s Block wants to impose criminal responsibility for any instances of LGBT discrimination

Petro Poroshenko’s Block wants to impose criminal responsibility for any instances of LGBT discrimination
Translated by: Mariya Shcherbinina

The secretariat of Petro Poroshenko’s Block sent an official explanatory note on their position regarding the issues of non-discrimination of homosexual, bisexual and transgendered citizens, as well as the issues of civil right equality. The letter was sent to the editors of the National Ukrainian LGBT portal.

The letter, signed by the head of the secretariat of Petro Poroshenko’s Block party Maksym Savrosov, claims that the pro-presidential political party stands for achieving full EU membership for Ukraine.

At the same time, we view the way towards the EU as an instrument and stimulus to change the country, having implemented in it European standards of life, in the humanitarian sphere in particular, says the letter.

The President’s party emphasizes that it stands for implementing all-encompassing anti-discrimination legislation.

Petro Poroshenko’s Block considers it to be the state’s obligation to ensure the principle of citizen equality regardless of their sexual orientation and other characteristics.

As such, we stand for guaranteeing security to LGBT communities and implementing criminal responsibility for any instances of discrimination, in particular, on grounds of sexual orientation, says the letter.

The pro-presidential party promises to make an effort to establish dialogue in society which would help achieve more tolerant attitudes towards the members of the LGBT community.

We remind you that in May, Amnesty International in Ukraine reported that Petro Poroshenko was the only candidate who stood for equal rights and prohibiting discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity in all spheres.

On October 14, during the televised debates between political parties which ran for the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, number 8 on the list of Petro Poroshenko’s Block Mykola Tomenko said no when answering the question whether his political party supported legalization of same-sex marriage.

Translated by: Mariya Shcherbinina
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