Committee of Ministers of Council of Europe continues to challenge Russia over the Moscow Prides case and “propaganda for homosexuality” laws

28/03/2013

In its role supervising implementation of the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the Alekseyev v. Russia case, the Committee of Ministers is continuing to challenge Russia both over its failure to guarantee freedom of assembly to LGBTI people and over the introduction of laws prohibiting “propaganda for homosexuality to minors”, whether those existing at regional level, or that now proposed at federal level.

In a Decision in early March the Committee of Ministers expressed “serious concerns” at these developments, and pointed out that, if a “propaganda for homosexuality” law is adopted at federal level, this will raise serious questions over Russia’s compliance with obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights.

In diplomatic terms, the Committee of Ministers is adopting a strong position – although, in practical terms, its only option would be to expel Russia from the Council of Europe – a step it is unlikely to take.

Three organisations – that of Nikolai Alexeyev, GayRussia.ru, ILGA-Europe, and the International Commission of Jurists, made submissions ahead of the meeting of the Committee of Ministers, documenting continuing violations of the right to freedom of expression and assembly by the Russian authorities.

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