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Unconventional sexual orientation: that’s love or threat to national security?

Posted by the Editor on September 30, 2011


Analytics / 30 September 2011 | 18:18

Unconventional sexual orientation: that's love or threat to national security?

Unconventional sexual orientation: that’s love or threat to national security?

Talks about people’s rights to unconventional sexual orientation are old as hills. Some countries allow same-sex marriages, give a right to gays and lesbians to become priests and adopt children; other countries still consider such people an outcast.

In Ukraine opinions vary. The relevant committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine is about to consider a draft bill from Communist party MP on children’s rights on secure information, which provides among others for prohibition of homosexuality promotion.

Punishment for violation is from 2 to 5 years of imprisonment, light punishment – suspension from work with children for the term from 3 up to 7 years.

ForUm asked politicians, human rights activists and public figures whether Ukraine really needs this kind of law and whether such law violates the rights of sexual minorities.

Oles Buzina, writer:

– This draft bill is right. Homosexuality cannot be promoted. I believe homosexuality is pathology. The nature provides for people to reproduce, otherwise humans as a kind will cease to exist.

Homosexuality is a disease, and a cure will be found one day.

I don’t say that gay people must be put in jail. It’s not their fault if they were born like this. But those who promote such style of life endanger children’s psyche.

I don’t think that this draft bill violates the rights of sexual minorities. I just believe that gay people must be limited in their choice of profession. Gay people just cannot be teachers!

Homosexuality is a sin and pure evil. If a sick person does not take antibiotics, a virus will kill him eventually. This draft bill is a kind of antibiotic against homosexuality.

Denis Bogush, political strategist:

– Excuse me, how do you define promotion or propaganda? For example you drew a picture on which two men are holding hands. Should it be considered a promotion of homosexuality?

National publishing company ‘Soyuzpechat’ issues a journal “One of us” for homosexual people. Does it promote homosexuality? Should it be closed?

How about members of the parliament? In fact, some of them have actually become MPs due to their sexual orientation. Does this deputy promote homosexuality? Should he be imprisoned?

The question is not whether to adopt such prohibition, but to define what promotion is. And who will define what promotion is? There are more questions than answers. I believe this law is inapplicable.

Oleksandr Holub, MP (Communist party faction):

– Our position is that the society must protect its moral values. As for the crimes against children, such offenders must be submitted to death sentence.

I cannot say whether there is a promotion of homosexuality in Ukraine at the level of children. If there is, obviously it must be prohibited. Anyway, Ukraine has bigger problems to solve.

Lilia Hryhorovych, MP (Our Ukraine faction), secretary of VR health care committee:

– I believe we need this law. The fact is that homosexuality can be congenital and acquired. If a child was born like this, he will remain like this, and the draft bill does not violate any rights of sexual minorities. But acquired homosexuality is a result of such propaganda, when a child sees similar example.

A case in point. A Ukrainian woman went to the United States to see her grandchildren. One day she went out with them for a walk, when they saw a gay parade. The girl got scared, but the boy did not say a word. Later in response to the question what he wants to become, the boy answered – a gay. He did not know what it means; he just saw a bright festival. Having compared it with the routine of the parents he made conclusions.

That’s why the promotion of such things must be prohibited, and congenital form should not be showed off. Hence, not violating the rights of sexual minorities we just don’t want popularization of forms of unconventional sexual orientation.

Oleksandr Zinchenko, manager of the center for gay people “Our world”:

– In our country homosexuality is not a criminal action or deviance. It is absolutely illegal to introduce administrative or criminal responsibility for promotion of homosexuality.

What is this propaganda? After the adoption of this law I won’t be able to speak about the work of my organization with my straight friend, I won’t be able to tell my straight brother that I am a gay just because it would be considered as promotion and I’ll be persecuted fro this.

To protect its rights our organization works within the legal field and attracts foreign colleagues. The adoption of this draft bill will result in another problem with Europe. As far as I know PACE is already preparing a disapproving resolution.  

ForUm

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Yanukovych: Raising social status, salary and pension for teachers is the key objective of government

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News / 30 September 2011 | 17:44

Yanukovych: Raising social status, salary and pension for teachers is the key objective of government

Yanukovych: Raising social status, salary and pension for teachers is the key objective of government

Improving working conditions for teachers and reforming the educational sector as a whole remains among the priorities of the Ukrainian authorities, the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych said in an interview to Ukrainian journalists in Warsaw.

President noted that in recent years the efforts of government are primarily aimed at raising the social status of teachers, their salary and therefore pensions.

The President called as “very painful” for Ukraine the issue of teachers decent working conditions. According to the President, solving this problem is restrained by the national economy. However, Viktor Yanukovych noted that over the past two years the economic situation in the country improved, spending from the state budget on education sector increased. “It is important to spend the allocated funds effectively,” the President added.

Undoubtedly, the President said, improvement of working conditions for teachers is associated with reform of education. “This is a very serious issue, on which we have paid and will pay much attention. Educational reform is one of the priorities of the Government,” Viktor Yanukovych said, adding that this issue is also incorporated into the national reform program.

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Judge to announce verdict on Tymoshenko case October 11

Posted by the Editor on September 30, 2011


News / 30 September 2011 | 17:17

Judge to announce verdict on Tymoshenko case October 11

Judge to announce verdict on Tymoshenko case October 11

Kyiv’s Pechersk District Court Judge Rodion Kireev, who chairs the criminal proceedings against former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on charges of abuse of power and damage to the state, announced on Friday a halt in the trial until October 11.

“The court goes to the decision room. A halt is declared for the preparation of the sentence,” Kireev said, UKRINFORM reported.

Prior to this decision, Tymoshenko asked the court to give her time to prepare, together with her defense, her last word before sentencing. Tymoshenko expected that she would announce her position on Monday, October 3. However, the court decided otherwise.

The defendant’s lawyer, Mykola Siry, called this turn of events “a unique case in the global practice.”

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Ukrainians do not want to adopt teenagers

Posted by the Editor on September 30, 2011


News / 30 September 2011 | 16:37

Ukrainians do not want to adopt teenagers

Ukrainians do not want to adopt teenagers

For the last two years the level of adoption among Ukrainians has reduced, and local authorities are responsible for this, president’s representative on children’s rights Yuri Pavlenko told a press conference, ForUm’s correspondent reports.

“We have analyzed the situation and found out that local authorities have not taken all necessary measures to help orphans to find new home. It’s surprising that local authorizes send 3-5 year old children to foster homes, while there are 1651 families waiting for adoption,” Pavlenko said.

He also pointed out that the majority of potential parents want to adopt small and healthy children, but in the national adoption data base 26 thousand children out 28 thousand are older 6 years. “Unfortunately, only 19 families have adopted children older 10 years this year,” Pavlenko said.

As one of the adoption problems Pavlenko named a stereotype in the society that children over 10 years are difficult to educate, that such children have ‘bad’ genes or some psychological disorder. “The majority of diagnoses are untrue,” he assured.

Pavlenko explained that children seem unstable because they find themselves in a foster home atmosphere, not a real family. According to him, even the best foster home, the best director and the best teachers cannot replace parents. “When a child gets into a family, the rehabilitation process passes very fast,” Pavlenko said.

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Two signals received during discussions before Eastern Partnership Summit confirmed the reality of Ukraine’s chances to join EU – official

Posted by the Editor on September 30, 2011


News / 30 September 2011 | 16:02

Two signals received during discussions before Eastern Partnership Summit confirmed the reality of Ukraine's chances to join EU - official

Two signals received during discussions before Eastern Partnership Summit confirmed the reality of Ukraine’s chances to join EU – official

MP of Ukraine, member of the Party of Regions parliamentary faction, PACE Vice President from Ukraine Ivan Popescu said that during expert discussions before the Eastern Partnership Summit Ukraine received two signals more concerning joining the European Union.

“In particular, in his speech, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Nick Clegg has clearly expressed for further expansion of the European Union and also against the Brussels’ plan to take a break after Croatia’s joining the European community,” the politician noted, ForUm learned from the press office of the Party of Regions.

According to Ivan Popescu, Vice Prime Minister of the United Kingdom said that official London does not consider the “Eastern Partnership” as alternative to EU membership.

“This means that Ukraine has all chances while initialling the document on Association in December this year to get a direct link concerning prospects for EU membership,” the parliamentarian said.

“The second signal Ukraine received during expert discussions before Eastern Partnership Summit from the European Union Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Füle. He stressed that in a result of recent Neighbourhood Policy review, the EU in future negotiations with the “Eastern Partnership” countries will make reference to Art. 49 of the EU treaty. It is known that the European Parliament when discussing the prospects of the Association Agreement between EU and Ukraine, gave the signal for Ukraine concerning possible reference to this article. This means that Ukraine has real chances in the future to get perspective of membership in the European Union,” Ivan Popescu summed up.

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President promises to return USSR banks deposits

Posted by the Editor on September 30, 2011


News / 30 September 2011 | 15:30

President promises to return USSR banks deposits

President promises to return USSR banks deposits

In the nearest future the authorities will return to the consideration of the issue on returning of deposits, made by Ukrainians in USSR banks, President Viktor Yanukovych said in an interview with Ukrainian journalists in Warsaw, ForUm learned in the presidential press office.

“I charged the government and the National Bank to work out by the end of this year a mechanism on returning deposits and to start this process,” Yanukovych said.

“It is our debt to the older generation. I want to tell the people that I remember about it and that we will come back to this issue very soon,” he added.

The President also promised to use system approach to finally bring this issue to its logical end.

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Ukraine insists on prospects of EU membership to be included in Association Agreement

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News / 30 September 2011 | 15:00

Ukraine insists on prospects of EU membership to be included in Association Agreement

Ukraine insists on prospects of EU membership to be included in Association Agreement

For Ukraine, the reflection of prospects of EU membership is essential in Association Agreement. It has been stressed by the President after the meeting with Prime Minister of Poland Donald Tusk.

“There is no doubt that Association Agreement is very important for our country. We have insisted and will continue to insist that the prospects of EU membership for Ukraine will be reflected in this agreement,” President Viktor Yanukovych stated.

According to the President, Ukraine understands that during the ratification of signed agreements with the EU this issue will be discussed in the Parliament of every EU member-state. “This issue will be very sensitive for us. I am confident that our European partners and especially our friends in Poland will consider the progress of our country with understanding,” Viktor Yanukovych said.

In return, Prime Minister Donald Tusk has paid attention to the significant recent progress made by Ukraine on their way to European integration. He has particularly emphasized that “a huge optimism” was caused by the last round of negotiations.

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Yanukovych hopes to finish FTA talks by December

Posted by the Editor on September 30, 2011


News / 30 September 2011 | 14:26

Yanukovych hopes to finish FTA talks by December

Yanukovych hopes to finish FTA talks by December

President Viktor Yanukovych hopes for negotiations on Free Trade Area Agreement to be finished by December of this year, he said in an interview with Ukrainian journalists in Warsaw. “There are some unsettled issues left for discussion. I hope during these two months the wok will be done and a compromise will be found,” Yanukovych said.

President Yanukovych noted that the establishment of the overall free trade area between Ukraine and the EU would become a real instrument of national economy and citizens’ welfare improvement.
Yanukovych expressed his confidence that the very preparation for signing the FTA establishment agreement would facilitate the transaction of goods and create new jobs. “We come up to this process deliberately,” Viktor Yanukovych noted, ForUm learned in the presidential press office.

The President also added that associations of Ukrainian manufacturers should also express their opinion regarding the establishment of free trade area between Ukraine and the EU. The President noted that this issue was also mulled over in the course of different forums. “We are already coming to the stage of civil discussions when associations of manufacturers will participate in making a decision on the establishment of free trade area and express their opinion regarding this issue,” Viktor Yanukovych said.

The President added that a few issues are to be solved until the final decision. “But exactly this process makes us closer to our goal. It is not just signing regular bureaucratic document, it is real creation of conditions for the rise of economy and the improvement of citizens’ welfare on that basis,” Yanukovych said.

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