For Fifth Time, LGBT Activists Denied Right to Hold Rally in Moscow

posted 21 Oct 2013, 18:20 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 21 Oct 2013, 18:32 ]
18 October 2013 


Source: HRO.org (info)
Moscow City Government has banned rallies in support of LGBT rights and against homophobia on 24th and 25th October. Earlier, the city authorities denied permission for similar rallies on 21st, 22nd and 23rd October.

"All five rallies were officially banned on the grounds that public opinion was against them, and also on the basis of the new federal law banning so-called gay propaganda,” the organizers of the rally have said.

Nonetheless, LGBT activists have submitted three similar requests to the city authorities to hold a rallies on 26, 27 and 28 October, and next week the organizers will notify the Moscow authorities of events planned for the period beginning on 29 October.

Meanwhile, organisers have already lodged appeals against the first three bans in Moscow’s Tverskoi district court, reports Fontanka.ru.

The LGBT community intends to continue submitting applications for every day at least until the end of the year.

These notifications are being submitted as part of a new campaign in support of freedom of assembly for the LGBT community in Russia, in the hope that it will force Moscow authorities to implement a judgement of the European Court of Human Rights, which, on 21st October 2010, ruled the ban on gay pride parades in Moscow to be a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

Activists intend to take all cases to the European Court and the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers.

Discontent within the Russian LGBT community began to grow after the adoption of the controversial law banning ‘gay propaganda’ among minors in June 2013.
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