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Petition to Ukrainian President from LEGALIFE

Dear Friends! From my own experience in providing social assistance and the many testimonies, we, the members of the Ukrainian League LEGALIFE can say a lot about the systematic and massive violations of the rights of sex workers' by the police in Ukraine.

Law enforcement officers make extensive use of Article 181, Part 1 of the Code of Administrative Offences to cover their own illegal actions, such as sexual, physical and psychological violence, blackmail, threats and intimidation, fabrication of criminal cases, and so forth. Frightened by such attitude of law enforcement agency, sex workers can not seek protection from the police abuse or clients' aggression, and often they do are reluctant seek medical help.

We, the members of the Ukrainian League LEGALIFE urge you to sign a petition - calling the Ukrainian President to take decisive action regarding the protection of the rights of sex workers by repealing Article 181, Part 1 of the Code of Administrative Offences!
At an international conference on HIV / AIDS, held in Vienna in July 2010, the petition collected 87 signatures. If you have not yet signed our appeal to the Government of Ukraine, join us!

Read and sign the petition in Russian at: http://petition.su/node/15

Read and sign the petition in English at: http://www.petitiononline.com/ukrswan/petition.html

Remember to confirm your signatures on e-mail and indicate your organization's name!

Sincerely,
Elena Tsuckerman
BF "Drop in Center"
Kiev, Ukraine

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