Urgent Action: Protect women’s day rally in Uzhgorod
Vitalina Koval, a defender of LGBTI and women’s rights, is organising a rally on International Women’s Day, in the western Ukrainian city of Uzhgorod. Previous 8 March events in 2017 and 2018 were targeted by far-right groups and the authorities failed to protect participants. In 2018, Vitalina Koval and other demonstrators were attacked, paint was thrown at them and Vitalina sustained chemical burns to her eyes. A year on, the investigation is still ongoing and there are concerns that far-right groups might target the event again.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 8 MARCH 2019
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Please check with your section before sending appeals after the above date.