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Ukraine: EU Advisory Mission supports Odesa Pride by observing march along extended route

September 3, 2019

On 31 August, advisors of the field office of the European Union Advisory Mission (EUAM) Ukraine in Odesa attended the Odesa Pride march to observe the performance of police, whose job is to ensure public order and protect the right to assemble peacefully.

According to the EUAM, historically, this has been a public-order challenge in this south Ukrainian city, with local groups opposing the global movement to highlight the rights of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community.

Prior to this year’s Odesa Pride march, the EUAM carried out several activities in order to ensure equality, tolerance and public order for both proponents and opponents of the march.

Earlier last week, the EUAM also organised a ‘dialogue platform’ for police and civil society, and took part in a panel discussion on human rights for local civil society activists.

EUAM experts highlighted the mission’s efforts to abolish any kind of discrimination against individuals and support human rights, including those of the LGBT community.

“Human rights, including the right not to be discriminated against, are fundamental to the EU and its founding treaties,” remarked the EUAM’s Deputy Head of Operations, Lynn Sheehan.

EUAM Ukraine is an unarmed, non-executive civilian mission headquartered in Kyiv, with field offices in Lviv, Kharkiv and Odesa. It also carries out projects across the country. It was established on 22 July 2014 and began operations on 1 December 2014.

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