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Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Ministry of justice did not agree with the ECHR, opposing the law on gay propaganda

The Ministry of justice refused to accept the decision of the European court of human rights (ECHR) which ruled that the law banning LGBT propaganda among minors violates two articles of the European Convention on human rights.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

In a statement the Ministry official statement says that there is expressed “disagreement with the findings of European court about the alleged Convention violations”.

According to the Ministry of justice, “the provisions of a number of regional laws banning the propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors was not contrary to international practice and was aimed solely at the protection of morals and health of children”.

The Ministry has promised to appeal the decision, stressing that it has not entered into force. Also there drew attention to that discussed in the ECHR legal norms are not established “a ban of homosexuality or its official censure did not contain signs of discrimination and in its meaning did not allow redundant actions of public authorities. The Constitution of the Russian Federation guarantees equality of rights and freedoms of man and citizen, regardless of different circumstances and prohibits any form of restriction of the rights of citizens on social, racial, national, linguistic or religious identity”.

On this basis, — concluded the Ministry of justice — “the contested legislative provisions cannot be regarded as a disproportionate limitation of freedom of speech.”

Recall that, in the opinion of the ECHR, the legislation against “LGBT propaganda” (and based based on it bans gay pride parades), violates the right to freedom of expression and discriminare a number of citizens. Against this decision of the ECHR only one of seven judges, representing Russia.


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