Published: 1 Dec 2009 | By Nikolai Alekseev

How gays and lesbians play a key role in the campaign for freedom of assembly in Russia


Although it decriminalised male same-sex relations in 1993, the Russian Federation has continued to refuse homosexuals the right to engage in street protests and marches. Since 2006, 185 applications to undertake such actions have been rejected on various grounds, including the authorities’ inability to guarantee the safety of participants. In September 2009, the combined case addressing the banning of Moscow Pride in 2006, 2007 and 2008, alleging violations of Articles 11, 13 and 14, was communicated to the Russian government. This ties into a broader campaign to ensure that the right of all citizens to freedom of assembly in Russia, regardless of their sexual orientation.

In this article Nikolai Alekseev, the head of the LGBTI human rights project, explores the human rights situation for homosexuals in Russia and outlines the quest for freedom of assembly. To read the article in full, click on the link below.