The report on the situation of human rights in Ukraine for the period may 16-August 15, 2017, the Office of the UN high Commissioner for human rights (OHCHR) drew the attention of the Ukrainian authorities for inadequate security and the investigation of attacks on protesters minorities and political opposition movements.
The report noted that in General during the reporting period, OHCHR continued to observe improvements in respect for freedom of peaceful Assembly. “However, OHCHR noted that smaller demonstrations have received insufficient protection from the police, especially those that were organized by persons belonging to a minority or opposition political movements,” the report said.
Several times noted in the OHCHR, such demonstrations have been attacked by radical nationalist groups, in which participants were injured.
“The police either were not present to ensure law and order or were unable to provide adequate security. In addition, the police are reluctant to take measures for the proper investigation of such cases and bringing perpetrators to justice,” – said in the text of the report.
OHCHR listed the main cases of such attacks. Among them attack members of the Right sector and other radical groups on participants of a peaceful rally “LGBT Rights – human rights” on may 17 in Kharkiv; violent opposition from a group of young people holding demonstrations in the territory of the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy against discrimination and sexism; feminist forced the cancellation of a demonstration planned in Kiev on 21 June due to threats of physical violence and others, only mentioned 6 of the facts.
The organizers of the Forum of publishers has issued a letter threatening to disrupt some of the forum events on the subject of homosexuality. The letter was signed by a number of public organizations of extreme right-wing, defending conservative values. One of the planned events, the organizers were forced to cancel.