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Council of Churches warns the Ukrainian Government against imposing gender ideology PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 January 2019 17:36
Катерина Левченко
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Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations strongly disagree with the fact that Ukrainian officials use power structures to implant any ideologies (in particular, gender one), as well as censorship and restrictions on the freedom of conscience, thought and expression of views.

This is stated in the appeal of the UCCRO to the Prime Minister of Ukraine, the Institute for Religious Freedom reports.

The reason for this appeal was the aggressive actions of the Government Commissioner for Gender Policy, Ms. Kateryna Levchenko, who announced on the air of Public Radio on December 8, 2018 of her intention to use the Security Service of Ukraine in relation with the increasing appeals to the regional and city councils to protect the institution of the family in Ukraine. According to the Council of Churches, this demonstrates the “unacceptable behaviour of a high-ranking public servant”.

“In a democracy and pluralism, the calls for censorship and restriction of the constitutional rights of citizens to freedom of expression are incompatible with the position of a public servant”, said the UCCRO in response to Kateryna Levchenko’s threats.

The Council of Churches reminds what the Constitution of Ukraine establishes in its Article 15: “Social life in Ukraine shall be based on the principles of…  ideological diversity. No ideology shall be recognised as mandatory by the State. Censorship shall be prohibited.” At the same time, Article 34 of the Constitution of Ukraine states: “Everyone shall be guaranteed the right to freedom of thought and speech, and to free expression of his views and beliefs”.

 “We urge you, as the Head of the Government, to respond to the statement of the Government Commissioner for Gender Policy, Kateryna Levchenko, and protect the citizens of Ukraine, who defend family values and take the long view of their children, from aggressive attacks by officials and threats of criminal prosecution only because they take an active civic stance. Such totalitarian practices of the Government representatives are unacceptable in the Ukrainian democratic society”, said the UCCRO in its appeal to Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman.

Besides, the Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations appealed to the authorities not to ratify the Istanbul Convention, but to develop and adopt national legislative measures against domestic violence instead.

The Council of Churches also suggested the Government of Ukraine to set up a central executive authority for families, children, motherhood and paternity support.

In this context, the UCCRO calls on the Parliament of Ukraine to adopt draft resolution No. 8521 “On measures to ensure the protection of family values and the institution of the family in Ukraine”.

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