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UN tells Russia to scrap anti-gay ‘propaganda’ bill

UN rights experts advise Russian Duma to scrap bill on ‘homosexuality propaganda.’

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18th February 2013 01:30

Alessia Valenza

A group of United Nations independent human rights experts called on Russian lawmakers to scrap the law against ‘homosexual propaganda’.

The group call upon the lower house of the Russian parliament to drop the bill that imposes severe penalties and which has already been approved by the State Duma.
The experts on freedom of expression, human rights defenders, cultural rights and the right to health warned the bill may undermine the enjoyment and promotion of human rights in Russia, unjustifiably singling out lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, who have increasingly become the target of sanctions and violence in the country.

Frank La Rue, a UN special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, said: ‘Any restriction on freedom of opinion and expression should be based on reasonable and objective criteria, which is not fulfilled by the draft bill approved during the first reading by the Duma’.

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