12:53 Jun. 9, 2016
Police chief earlier vowed to ensure the LGBT activists are safe during the rally
The Ukrainian parliament has officially voiced support for the LGBT Equality March to be held on June 12 in Kyiv. Head of parliament's Committee on Human Rights, National Minorities and Interethnic Relations Hryhoriy Nemyria has made a statement on his strong respect for human rights and freedoms.
"Ahead of the Equality March, I would like to emphasize that according to Article 39 of Ukrainian Constitution, citizens have the right for peaceful gatherings, meetings, campaigns and demonstrations," he wrote on the Committee's Facebook page. "It is an unalienable right of any person."
Nemyria said the observance of this right is an important indicator of democratic development. He added he supported the Equality March and urged the police to ensure order and safety for the participants during the event.
The parliament representative stated discrimination, threats and physical aggression towards minorities are unacceptable in a country willing to become part of the European community.
In November 2015, Ukrainian lawmakers passed an amendment to the labour code to ban discrimination based on race, disability, and a host of other characteristics, including sexual orientation and gender identity.
In June 2015, the LGBT Pride march in Kyiv ended in clashes between the police and anti-gay activists who attempted to attack the rally participators.