Activists Demand IOC Probe Of Russian Anti-Gay Law

05/12/2013
Submitted by ILGA-Europe

Reposted from RFE/RL: http://www.rferl.org/content/russia-olympics/25185703.html

The head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) met with Russian gay rights activists in Paris on November 30.

The activists urged Thomas Bach to launch an investigation into a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" among minors.

The law, passed in June, has been denounced by critics and in the West as discriminatory, prompting some calls for a boycott of the next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

International gay rights group AllOut said, "A list of precise questions about the implication of the antigay laws, to help frame the investigation, were submitted and received by the IOC president."

Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin said all people would be welcome in Sochi.

The IOC has said Moscow has assured that athletes and spectators will not face discrimination at the Winter Games next February.


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