Russia - what's on?
In the section we are gathering usefull information and news about the current developements in Russia, including the federal propaganda law which was adopted in June 2013.
The ‘Keep Hope Alive’ campaign asking world leaders to challenge Russia on the deteriorating human rights situation and escalating clamp down on civil society in the context of the G20 meeting taking place in St Petersburg on 5-6 September.
Check out the campaign video, find links and background information about the campaign Keep Hope Alive supported by ILGA-Europe, Civil Rights Defenders, Front Line Defenders, UNITED for Intercultural Action and Freedom House.
The last years have seen widely recognised negative developments for the LGBTI community in Russia. At the forefront of damaging developments we see the adoption of the so-called homosexual propaganda laws. First rather silently in a number of regions since 2010, but in June 2013 sadly also at the federal level. International human rights organisations, LGBTI groups across the world and a number of governments have responded immediately to these negative developments in an outcry to stop these laws.
ILGA-Europe in the strongest possible manner condemns a homophobic federal law adopted today by the State Duma, the Russian parliament.
NGO statement to Council of Europe: Parliamentary Assembly must robustly condemn bans on “homosexual propaganda”
A wide range of international and national human rights organisations joined forces and signed a statement to the Council of Europe prior a debate on tackling discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity taking place in the Parliamentary Assembly on Thursday 27 June – against the background of serious concerns over the adoption of laws banning so-called “propaganda for homosexuality” in Russia and elsewhere.
‘Homosexual propaganda’ bans are incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights and should be repealed
Laws banning ‘propaganda of homosexuality’ are incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights and should be repealed, says European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission)
Joint media release by the International Commission of Jurists and ILGA-Europe.
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and ILGA-Europe produced a joint briefing about legislative proposals and laws banning “homosexual propaganda”
This joint briefing paper by ICJ and ILGA-Europe aims to provide an overview of the laws. It analyses the potential impact, places these laws in a human rights framework, and finally provides recommendations to national policy-makers and activists and international organisations on how to deal with these developments.
On 30 July, the Russian LGBT Network sent out a statement on their position to the worldwide outcry for boycott of the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014.
Updated August 2013
Find here documents with information on human rights violations collected by Russian LGBT Network and Coming Out.
By Human Rights First, August 2013