Published: 20 Jun 2017
| By Emil Sahakyan
Bayev and others v Russia
Case No. 67667/09, 44092/12 & 56717/12
Judgment date: 20 June 2017
The three applicants are gay rights activists, who were fined in administrative proceedings for holding demonstrations against laws banning the ‘promotion of homosexuality’ among minors in April 2009 and January 2012. The third applicant was fined again in May 2012 for holding another demonstration in front of the St Petersburg City Administration.
The applicants challenged the ban on public statements concerning the identity, rights and social status of sexual minorities and claimed that it was discriminatory, given that no similar restrictions applied with regard to the heterosexual majority.
You can read the full case summary in the Winter 2017 Bulletin.