Up to 8 yrs: Bill on liability for "intolerance" to LGBT submitted to Rada

LGBT people in Ukraine. Photo: globallookpress.com

Administrative or criminal liability is proposed to be introduced for "intolerance towards people on the ground of sexual orientation and gender identity".

A bill, which provides for liability for discrimination against representatives of the LGBT community, has been introduced to the Verkhovna Rada. The initiator of the law was the head of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine Denis Shmyhal, reports "Strana.ua".

Administrative or criminal liability is proposed to be introduced for "intolerance towards people on the ground of sexual orientation and gender identity". If the document is adopted, amendments will be made to the Law of Ukraine "On the Basics of Preventing and Countering Discrimination in Ukraine", to the Code of Ukraine on Administrative Offences, and to the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

In addition, they will clarify the terminological apparatus and expand the powers of the authorized representative of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine for human rights.

It is proposed to punish for direct or indirect restriction of the rights of minorities, public calls for violence motivated by intolerance, as well as other deliberate actions aimed at inciting hostility and hatred, for the same actions committed by an official, as well as for the same actions committed by an organized group of persons or entailing grave consequences.

The maximum fine is from five hundred to one thousand non-taxable minimum incomes of citizens. Also, a person who violates this law can receive from five to eight years in prison.

Earlier, a teacher at the Lviv university said that gays and lesbians should be treated.

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