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.
ILGA-Europe has long been supporting the LGBTI movement in Russia and advocating for equality for Russia’s LGBTIs at the European level. We have been working very closely and from the very early stages with some of the groups that are now ones of the most established in Russia through capacity building, expert support, and project granting, as well as through engaging with the European institutions.
We are following the situation in the country on the daily basis, which is reflected in the publications below. Check out the latest news on our section on Russia.
In response to the extreme negative developments that have been taking place in 2013, ILGA-Europe aimed at shaping and promoting a strategic approach to the European mobilization in solidarity with the Russian movement. In extensive cooperation with our Russia-based membership, we prepare reports and briefing papers with the purpose of providing comprehensive and reliable information about the situation in the country and offering guidance to member organizations that are willing to contribute to the struggle in Russia and mobilizing support for Russia’s LGBTI.
Among these documents are:
- 'What Can We do?.. Responding to developments in Russia’, which offers an overall analysis of the developments in Russia, as well as a reflection on strategizing advocacy in an efficient and informed way
- ILGA-Europe’s briefing note on the human rights situation of LGBTI people and other minority groups in Russia
- ‘LGBTI people, their human rights and organisations in Russia: developments between June and December 2013 ’
ILGA-Europe continuously creates platforms information-sharing and international mobilisation on Russia. In August 2013, ILGA-Europe initiated the Keep Hope Alive campaign. It brought together member and partner organisations internationally to ask the 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.
Finally, ILGA-Europe continues to work with the European institutions in advocacy and litigation, giving input whenever civil society is asked for feedback on country and regional strategies, including in preparation for human rights consultations; supporting important cases by making interventions before the European Court of Human Rights as a Third Party; and monitoring implementation of the existing judgments and decisions.
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