Xenophobia in Ukraine on the Rise
On October 4, 2005, a conference took place to address the concepts behind the proposed Law of Ukraine on "Protection from Discrimination." Dimitrina Petrova, director of the European Roma Rights Center, together with Parliamentary deputy Ivan Ivanovych Myhovych, Oleksandr Tarnawsky, and numerous other scholars, discussed anti-discrimination laws in Europe and the possibilities of their applications in Ukraine. The passing of such a law in Ukraine would offer the legal basis upon which Roma and other minorities could fight the increasing xenophobia in the country.
Discrimination Continues: Eyewitness Report
My son and I recently traveled to a village in the Liubomyrsk region, Volyn oblast. As our car turned onto the main village road, the local police inspector stopped us. He asked for identification, under the premise that a robbery had taken place in the village. Stating that we, Roma, looked suspicious, he took us to the regional police precinct.