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Sphere Deserves Justice
Sphere NGO have been championing LGBTI and women’s rights since 2006, and are among the oldest organizations of their kind in the country. Founded by activists Anna Sharyhina and Vira Chernygina, they provide a safe space for women and LGBTI people in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city.
As groups targeting LGBTI people have proliferated across Ukraine, Sphere have suffered numerous discriminatory attacks. Anna and Vira report them to the police, but no one is held accountable.
In 2019, Sphere organized Kharkiv’s first Pride ever. Despite threats and intimidation, Sphere created a hugely successful event attended by up to 3,000 people. But the police failed to protect marchers from violence, instead joining in by hurling homophobic abuse. Anna and Vira say that police inaction in the face of constant attacks has left Sphere and their supporters in a permanent state of fear.
"I want our attackers to be held accountable in accordance with the law,” says Anna. Add your voice to Anna and Vira’s.
Tell Ukraine to bring Sphere’s attackers to justice.
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