Arkhangelsk District Court Upholds Ban of LGBT Street Action, but Expresses Uncertainty
On October 19, 2012, Lomonosovski district court of Arkhangelsk ruled lawful the refusal of the city administration to grant official permission for a street action to LGBT organization ‘Rakurs’. Judge Drakunova considered inadmissible a demonstration that was meant to draw attention to social problems of LGBT teenagers due to the ban on “homosexual propaganda” among minors that is active in the region.
Therefore, the court proved that regional law that had been adopted last year puts ban on public discussion of homosexuality, hence neglecting the Supreme Court decision, which states that “the ban of homosexual propaganda does not prevent the enjoyment of the right to hold public actions in due order, including open public debates on the social status of sexual minorities.” The judge also neglected all procedural violations that the city administration committed in their consideration of the permission request.
Issuing the decision, Judge Drakunova said that she was not certain about its correctness and that she would not mind if the Arkhangelsk regional court annuls it. This incertitude looks, to say the least, strange and leads to violations of human rights in regards LGBT.
The decision will be appealed in a due legal manner.