Tanya Cooper: "This draft law proposes to effectively outlaw being gay, and just being yourself could land you behind bars"

posted 4 Nov 2015, 02:43 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 4 Nov 2015, 02:44 ]
"This draft law is a new and absurd low in discriminatory legislative proposals. The draft proposes to effectively outlaw being gay, and just being yourself could land you behind bars. The authors are using false, abusive, homophobic rhetoric in discussions of their draft law. As public officials, they should at a bare minimum respect the rights enshrined in the constitution and international law, and not engage in rhetoric that borders on hate speech. This draft is yet another example of how the 2013 law opened the floodgate to further discrimination against LGBT people. It protects no one and punishes people for exercising their right to freedom of expression.”

    - Tanya Cooper, researcher at Human Rights Watch, on a draft law pending in Russia’s parliament that would penalize people who engage in public displays that would suggest that their sexual orientation is gay. Human Rights Watch has urged the Russian parliament to reject the draft as wholly incompatible with Russia’s human rights obligations.

Source: 'Russia: Homophobic, Abusive Bill Proposes Fines, Jail Time for “Coming Out”,' Human Rights Watch, 4 November 2015

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