Call for protests in solidarity with the Russian LGBTI community

14/12/2012

On Wednesday 19 December the Russian Duma will be voting in the first reading on a federal ban of “homosexual propaganda”. ILGA-Europe and its Russian member organisations are calling for support by organising solidarity protests all over Europe.

UPDATE (18/12/12): The Russian Duma has announced that the voting is postponed until 22 January. The change of dates is due to technical reasons. The Russian LGBT organisations and ILGA-Europe's call for protests is on-going.

On Wednesday 19 December the Russian Duma will be voting in the first reading on a federal ban of “homosexual propaganda”, which would violate basic rights to freedom of assembly and expression of the Russian LGBTI community. Banning “homosexual propaganda” will jeopardise the crucial work of LGBTI human rights defenders and fuels stigmatisation, discrimination and violence of LGBTI people in general.

ILGA-Europe, the Russian LGBT Network and other Russian LGBTI organisations are calling you for support by organising solidarity protests all over Europe in front of Russian embassies, missions or consulates.

The action day is Wednesday 19 December. ILGA-Europe will the day before do a silent protest outside the Russian Mission to the EU (see flyer below).

Please share photos and/or videos from your protests with us – send it to Boris Balanetkii, Programmes and Policy Officer.

  • We demonstrate in solidarity with Russian LGBTI people and human rights defenders
  • We demonstrate against any further attempts to violate basic human rights in Russia
  • We demonstrate against hate and intolerance in Russia

Find here the statement delivered to the Russian Mission to the EU (English) and in Russian

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Protest in front of Russian Mission to the EU, Brussels, 18 December 2012

Images from the ILGA-Europe protest in front of the Russian Mission to the EU. Representatives from IGLYO, Amnesty International EU Office, çavaria and individual supporters were present. Read more about the protest here.


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