Unlawful ban of peaceful demonstrations
On May 31, Smolninsky district court in St Petersburg found the ban of the peaceful LGBT rallies on the Day of Silence (March 7) and the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (May 17) in contradiction with the law.
Civil Rights Defenders and its Russian partner Coming out welcome the court ruling but point to the fact that this does not guarantee future rallies would not be banned. The reason for the ban on the demonstration is the recently introduced law against “propaganda of sodomy and lesbianism”. Similar laws have already been passed in Ryazan, Arkhangelsk and Kostroma, and there is an on-going discussion about introducing propaganda laws on the federal level.
Civil Rights Defenders has argued for the laws to be withdrawn since they restrict the rights of LGBT people and has so far obstructed human rights activities.
“Instead of introducing propaganda laws, the Russian authorities should take measures to reduce discrimination against LGBT-persons”, says Cecilia Rosing, Programme Officer for Eastern Europe and Central Asia at Civil Rights Defenders.
Civil Rights Defenders partner Coming Out provides legal support to the victims of the homophobic legislation. According to the organisation, the “propaganda” laws has lead to escalation of violence and hatred in society.
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Tags: Freedom of assembly, LGBT, and Propaganda laws.