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Russia's Supreme Court to Examine "Homosexual Propaganda" Law
30.08.2012 19:27
Russia's Supreme Court to Examine

A Supreme Court of Russia will consider the St. Petersburg's law about administrative responsibility for homosexual propaganda among minorities on October 3.

      The appeal's initiator is a Russian nonprofit LGBT organization "Exit". "We believe it is very important to impeach the verdict in higher-level courts and to obtain its annulment. The new law's practice has already showed us that it can be applied arbitrarily to violent human rights. In particular, demonstration of a rainbow flag or banner at the peaceful demonstration can be a reason for arrest," it is said on the organization's website.

      The applicants say they will seek for justice in the international organizations, such as European Court of Human Rights, if the Russia's Supreme Court doesn't repeal the scandalous law.

      Previously, members of the "Exit" organization addressed the St. Petersburg's city court, which dismissed their complaint and considered the law to accord with international commitments.

      The first court's verdict on homosexual propaganda was pronounced on May 2012. The court fined a leader of the sexual minorities rights movement, Nikolai Alekseev, for 5,000 rubles ($170) for a solo picket against this law.

      The law on administrative responsibility for propaganda by the “gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender” community finally came into force on Marth 30, 2012, in the city of St. Petersburg.

      According to it, promoting homosexuality will be punished with a fine from 1,000 rubles ($32) for individuals to 50,000 rubles ($1,630) for legal entities.

      The law has aroused much discontent among the country’s gay rights and human rights watchdogs, as well as common people. Several celebrities, including Madonna and Stephen Fry, voiced outrage over it.

Author: Julia Alieva

Tags: LGBT in Russia human rights Russian courts Russian law  

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