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UN committee on children’s rights urges Russia to repeal gay ‘propaganda’ law

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

GENEVA — A U.N. committee on children’s rights urged Russia on Wednesday to repeal its law banning pro-gay “propaganda” that could be accessible to minors, arguing that the legislation encourages discrimination and even violence.

United-NationsThe law, signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in July, has been in the spotlight as Russia prepares to host the Winter Olympics, starting in Sochi this week. It is viewed by activists as forbidding almost any public expression of gay-rights sentiment.

The United Nations’ Committee on the Rights of the Child noted that the stated intent of the law is to protect children but said it “encourages stigmatization of and discrimination against” gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, including children.

The panel said it is “particularly concerned that vague definitions of propaganda leads to the targeting and ongoing persecution of the country’s (gay) community, including abuse and violence, in particular against underage … rights activists.”

Russia should ensure that such activists don’t face discrimination by “raising the awareness of the public on equality and non-discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity,” it added.

The committee was delivering its conclusions on a report by Russia on its implementation of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child. The report was submitted before the legislation was drafted and didn’t mention the new law.

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11 more reader comments:

  1. As if that’s gonna work

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 4:31pm
  2. No one thing is going to do the job by itself. It is going to take a lot of sustained pressure from the international community and from within Russia to get the law repealed. This is just one piece of the puzzle.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 5:23pm
  3. Huh, good point

    Replied on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 5:24pm

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 4:32pm
  5. :DDDDDD FINALLY SOME ONE OF IMPORTANCE SPEAKS UP! I was starting to think the UN, the FIDH and the PBI were just names they taught in school to make us believe there was actually someone who defended human rights. :))

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 4:47pm
  6. Thank you UN

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 5:25pm
  7. Yes, Finally The UN is going on the record condemning Russia’s Gay Propaganda Law…It’s gaining momentum.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 5:26pm
  8. good luck with that…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 5:42pm
  9. If they are still going against gay marriage, just say that straight marriage never works, because there’s more straight married people that is going against their own people for being gay and a lesibian. The world should put an end on straight marriage more than gay marriage and lesibian marriage.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:02pm
  10. I think it’s about time our Gay flag should be flown here, to show we are here to stay!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:50pm
  11. or they could do this? For the last week I have ran a the same post to a lot of different sights on a lot of different subjects. Why because I want people to think about a certain issue, the rights of homo sexual as the heterosexuals think what we deserve. this is what I said: I think str8 people should be punished or charged with child abuse. only str8 people give birth to homo sexual children….. this is what I wanted it to do. it made you think about it and now its in your mind. I just want people to know we the homo sexual did not make the problems that say what rights go to who. so i brought up the source of it all.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 8:03pm