Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe reviews Russia's progress on freedom of assembly
In its role of ensuring that judgments of the Court of Human Rights are carried out, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe reviewed progress by Russia in complying with the landmark freedom of assembly case, Alekseyev v. Russia, in which the banning of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Moscow pride marches was found to be in violation of the European Convention.
At a meeting of the Committee in late September, Russia argued that freedom of assembly is enjoyed by everyone in Russia, including LGBT people. The Committee also considered submissions presenting a very different perspective by the Russian LGBT Human Rights Project GayRussia.Ru and the North-West Advocacy Center on the one hand, and Coming Out St Petersburg and ILGA-Europe on the other.
It rejected the arguments of the Russian Federation, expressed its concern about laws prohibiting "propaganda of homosexuality", requested the Russian authorities to submit an action plan to ensure implementation of the Court's judgment, including training and awareness raising of public officials, and agreed to review the situation further in early 2013.