31 January 2019

Drozdova & Partners Law Firm provides legal advice to LGBT community

Although Ukraine has committed to the EU development path, the society in the country is still not ready to abandon Soviet living principles and stereotypes. A voluntary choice of sexual orientation emerging as part of the fourth generation of human rights is perceived today like something inappropriate and immoral.

Therefore, sexual minorities regularly face misunderstandings that sometimes evolve into conflicts of various magnitudes: from beating because of dissimilarity to a legislative restriction of rights.

Disappointingly, even uniting into different LGBT organisations fails to gain traction as measures they take are often reduced to events, performances, or parades that meet with violent physical and information resistance, too.

‘That’s why it is important that LGBT communities systematically defend their rights before government authorities and courts,’ says firmly Drozdova & Partners Law Firm Director Ms Olena Drozdova, who provides legal advice to sexual minorities.

The expert underlines that such defence should go beyond the provisions of Ukrainian Acts that are sometimes discriminatory. ‘The case law of the European Court of Human Rights, which Ukrainian courts are required to apply as a source of law when hearing cases, should be an important component of this struggle,’ she notes.

It is our reminder that everyone is inherently entitled to personal expression and identification, which right is guaranteed by, among other things, the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. To learn more, please read the analytical article entitled ‘Conservative Values or Voluntary Choice of Sexual Orientation— what is in store for Ukraine in light of the ECHR case law?’ as authored by Olena Drozdova.