Historically this has been a public-order challenge in Odesa, with local groups opposing the global movement which highlights the rights of the LGBT community.
A few hundred LGBT activists marched through the city despite the presence of several such groups. The Ukrainian police did their best to prevent any altercations at the event, and no major conflicts were reported. It is understood that there was an increase in participants for this year’s march, along a longer route than in former years.
Earlier 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 for human rights, including those from the LGBT community.
“Human rights, including the right not to be discriminated against,” remarked EUAM Deputy Head of Operations, Lynn Sheehan, “are fundamental to the EU and its founding treaties.”
Established in 2014, EUAM and its approximately 300 staff provide the Ukrainian authorities strategic advice and practical operational support in order to reform the country's civilian security sector.
Read more about the work of EUAM and their Ukrainian partners here.