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Vitalina Koval has always wanted to make a positive difference. She uses her incredible energy to support local LGBTQI people in her home city, Uzhgorod, in Ukraine. But she and other activists have been violently attacked by far-right groups, just for speaking out against hate.

On 8 March 2018, Vitalina organised a peaceful demonstration for women’s and LGBTQI rights to mark International Women’s Day. The police reassured her that she and her fellow demonstrators would be safe but on the day, they were attacked with red paint and Vitalina received chemical burns to her eyes.

Vitalina's attackers were detained for just hours. Since the attack Vitalina and others have received further threats, and two activists reported that they were beaten up. What happened on 8 March still hasn’t been fully investigated.

The attacks are part of a wider surge in violence and intimidation by far-right groups in Ukraine against activists like Vitalina but they won’t give into fear and hate. Let’s stand with them.

Tell Ukraine to protect Vitalina and other activists defending women’s and LGBTQI rights.

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Minister of Interior, Arsen Avakov

Dear Minister,

I urge you to publicly recognise and support the vital work of Vitalina Koval and others like her who peacefully defend the rights of women and LGBTQI people in Ukraine. Please ensure they can exercise their right to freedom of expression and assembly without fear of attacks and reprisals.

I also urge you to ensure a prompt, effective and impartial investigation is carried out into the attacks on Vitalina and other activists by far-right groups on 8 March 2018 in Uzhgorod. Any person found responsible for the attacks must be brought to justice.

Yours Sincerely,

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