In response to Ukraine’s Rada passing comprehensive workplace discrimination protections, including protections on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, Freedom House released the following statement:
“Freedom House welcomes the adoption of a comprehensive anti-discrimination amendment to the Labor Code of Ukraine, the last of 10 reforms needed to proceed with establishing a visa free regime between the EU and Ukraine,” said Robert Herman, vice president for international programs. “The vote shows that Ukraine can muster the will to enact reforms needed to move toward a more democratic and pluralistic society that acknowledges the rights of all, including LGBTI people. The vote is a reminder of the EU’s power in encouraging neighboring states to improve human rights protections — and the importance of the EU’s steadfast support for reforms in spite of anti-LGBTI opposition.”
Ukraine is rated Partly Free in Freedom of the World 2015, partly free in Freedom of the Press 2015, Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2015, and receives a democracy score of 4.75 on a scale of 1 to 7, with 7 being the worst possible score, in Nations in Transit 2015.
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