Demonstration against Russia’s “homosexual propaganda” law on Tuesday in front of Russian embassy (Tehtaankatu 1B), Helsinki.
LGBTI Rights in Finland – Seta and Amnesty Finland
Seta – LGBTI Rights in Finland and Amnesty Finland demand the State Duma of Russian Federation to withdraw the proposed article 6.13.1 – also known as the “homosexual propaganda” draft law. The first hearing of the law was supposed to be today, but it was postponed for the second time. On Thursday, January 24, the Russian State Duma will approve a new date for consideration. Seta and Amnesty Finland have long campaigned against anti- LGBTI laws in different parts of Russia that put LGBTI people at risk.
The adoption of the article 6.13.1. would violate the freedom of speech and freedom of assembly of LGBTI people and organizations extensively. On some regional and local levels, such as in St. Petersburg, similar legislation has already increased discrimination and persecution of LGBTI people and their organizations.
The law can be used to ban activities that inform the public about diversity of sexual orientation and gender. Passing the law would put LGBTI human rights defenders at risk.
Seta sent a statement addressed to the speaker of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Sergey Naryshkin and reminded that the law goes against the constitution of Russia as well as international human rights agreements.
– Decision makers carry responsibility for severe consequences such as increasing intolerance towards LGBTI people, hate crimes, violence and arbitrary arrests if they vote for this legislation, says Seta´s Chair of the board Juha-Pekka Hippi.
Demonstrators claim that everyone has the right to access correct information about the diversity of gender and sexual orientation as well as the right to be protected against discrimination.
– The law puts at risk not only activities of human rights defenders, but also well-being and lives of LGBT people in general, who will be exposed to even greater violence and discrimination due to institutionalized stigmatization, declares the Russian LGBT Network.
Demonstrations are being held in several countries on Tuesday.
Media contact information:
Juha-Pekka Hippi, Chair of the board, LGBTI Rights in Finland – Seta, +358 50 593 4100
Aija Salo, General Secretary, LGBTI Rights in Finland – Seta, +358 50309 8108
Anu Tuukkanen, Policy Officer, Country issues, Amnesty Finland, +358 40 833 0485
See also: Speech by LGBTI Rights in Finland – Seta´s Secretary General Aija Salo at Vimeo
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. Seta is a member of international LGBTI organizations ILGA-Europe, IGLYO and Transgender Europe.
Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights to be respected and protected. Al´s vision is for every person to enjoy all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.