A European Court found that the gay propaganda law that earned a majority of votes back in Russia in 2013 was a defiant act against the European Convention on Human Rights. The Strasbourg judges ruled that Russia didn’t proceed well when tackling the case of three LGBT activists who broke this law. The legal text claims a clear ban against homosexuality promotion among youngsters under 18.
The Three Russian Activists in Question Organized Protests against a Russian Law
On Tuesday, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France ruled that three Russian activists were discriminated by their own nation. The case searched whether these persons broke the gay propaganda law or they were just using their right to freedom of expression. Their country found their protest against this new Russian law as illegal and fined them. However, the European Court ruled that this was just an act of exercising the right to free speech.
The case revolved around Nikolay Bayev, Aleksey Kiselev, and Nikolay Alekseyev. The three Russian citizens organized several protests in a timeframe between 2009 and 2012. Some of the activities they encouraged were banner creations promoting the idea that homosexuality is a normal concept of love and not a perversion. The three of them requested help from higher Russian courts to defend their work, yet to no avail.
The European Court Fined Russia as Prejudice Against the Three Activists
The European commission of judges found this law as against the values of a democratic country, which are equality, pluralism, and tolerance. On top of that, the Russian law doesn’t serve children by slashing the freedom of speech altogether.
As a consequence, the European Court fined Russia 49,000 euros. These funds will be redirected to the three activists in question. However, in December 2015 President Vladimir Putin gave Russian Constitutional Court the authority to repel the decisions of international courts.
Russia decriminalized homosexuality back in 1993. However, the nation continues to nourish movements of homophobia till this day. Even though the European Court gave its verdict, the Justice Ministry in Russia is going to appeal the ruling in the following three months.
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