Seta published a statement against the article 6.13.1, the federal anti-lgbt draft law in Russia. The statement is addressed to the speaker of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, Sergey Naryshkin.
(Letter in Russian here pdf)
Seta – LGBTI Rights in Finland joins human rights organisations around the world in expressing deep concern regarding the proposed article 6.13.1 in the Parliament of Russian Federation, also known as the “homosexual propaganda” draft law.
Seta urges You and all Russian legislators in federal, regional and local levels to protect the human rights of everyone, including LGBTI people, in line with the international commitments of Russia. We stand in solidarity with the Russian LGBTI community and all human rights defenders.
Banning activities that inform the public about diversity of sexual orientation and gender will send the whole Russian and international community an unacceptable signal of intolerance and exclusion. Passing the law would put human rights defenders increasingly at risk. Such a law would not only violate the human rights what comes to freedom of speech, assembly and association of LGBTI people and their allies in Russia but would also violate the right of everyone, including minors, to access correct information about the diversity of gender and sexual orientation.
By making decisions based on wrong information and prejudices, decision makers carry responsibility for severe consequences such as increasing intolerance towards LGBTI people, hate crimes, violence and arbitrary arrests.
On December 19th, numerous protests against the law are organized throughout Russia and Europe. According to Seta’s knowledge, the first reading of the law will be in January 2013.
Seta – LGBTI Rights in Finland
Seta is a national human rights organization, established in 1974. Seta’s goal is a society where everyone can live equally, free of discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Seta is the umbrella organization for 21 LGBTI associations all over Finland.