While only 14% of Ukrainians believe that society should accept homosexuality, the Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Olga Vasilevskaya-Smaglyuk (from the “Servants of the People” faction) proposed to Parliament to introduce a fine of up to 17,000 hryvnia or imprisonment of up to 8 years for public calls for acts of violence, persecution, or humiliation against persons on the basis of sexual orientation.
This is stated in draft law No. 3316, registered in the Rada on April 9th.
The draft law proposes to supplement article 67 of the Criminal Code and to equate the commission of a crime on the basis of intolerance with sexual orientation or gender identity of a person with aggravating circumstances.
The document also proposes to supplement the Criminal Code with article 161 (1), which proposes to punish public calls for hostility and intolerance, violent actions, persecution, or humiliation of persons or groups of persons, or damage or destruction of their property on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity with a fine of 200 to 500 unremunerated minimum incomes of citizens (from 3,400 hryvnia to 8,500 hyvnia) or restriction of liberty for up to 5 years with or without deprivation of the right to hold certain positions or engage in certain activities for up to 3 years.
The same actions made by an official (in office) will be punished by a penalty from 500 to 1,000 unremunerated minimum incomes of citizens (from 8,500 to 17,000 hryvnia) or imprisonment for a period of 2 up to 5 years with or without the deprivation of the right to hold certain positions or to be engaged in a certain activity for a period of up to 3 years.
It is proposed to punish the aforementioned acts committed by an organised group of persons or with serious consequences by imprisonment for a term of 5 to 8 years.
In addition, the draft law provides for the addition of articles 115, 121, 122, 126, 127, 129, 293, and 294 of the Criminal Code as a motive for the commission of the relevant crimes, such as intolerance of the sexual orientation of a person (group of persons) or their gender identity.
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