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Russian gay rights campaigners appeal to European court over Pride bans

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  1. Spanner1960 15 Jul 2012, 9:23am

    Since when was Russia part of the EU, or did I miss something?

    1. Countries that have signed up as member nations of the Council of Europe and are subject to its rulings:- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Council_of_Europe_%28blue%29.svg

  2. Bill (Scotland) 15 Jul 2012, 9:57am

    The ECHR is NOT part of the EU. The European Courts of Justice, on the other hand, are a part of the EU system of treaties and are supposed to ensure compliance with EU treaty law. All Council of Europe members are party to the ECHR, although not all have ratified all parts of it – for example Russia has signed Protocol 6, but not ratified it. Protocol 6 is concerned with the death penalty (as amended by Protocol 11).

  3. Jock S. Trap 15 Jul 2012, 10:14am

    Good luck to them. I do believe will be on their side of this issue but sadly the Russian government is intent on making Russia a homophobic state (more so) and doubt they will listen.

    I do applaud these activists, they want human rights, a better society and are willing to go through the hatred and violence to get it. These are the brave souls people should look up too. Let’s hope meany Russian’s do see this.

    1. Jock S. Trap 15 Jul 2012, 10:14am

      Sorry many Russians….

  4. Good luck to them, they will certainly need it.

  5. GingerlyColors 15 Jul 2012, 7:33pm

    Hopefully the ECHR will rule in favour of lifting the ban on gay pride marches in St. Petersburg. The problems are: Will Russia abide by the ruling? Are they prepared to police the marches? And ultimately will an ECHR ruling change social attitudes towards gays. Unfortunately homophobic thoughts cannot be banished through a court ruling but by presenting gays in a positive light then peoples’ attitudes will change as they have done here. You can take a horse to water but you cannot make it drink.

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  8. Rachel Haytread 16 Jul 2012, 11:14pm

    You are tiresome. Go away.

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