Amnesty urges world leaders to condemn Russia at G20 summit
Amnesty International has called upon world leaders attending this year’s G20 summit in St Petersburg to condemn Russia’s anti gay propaganda laws.
Since President Putin signed the laws into effect in June, Russia’s LGBTI people have been increasingly at risk of violence and intolerance. The newly enacted law has also drawn the ire of international communities and thrown into question the safety of LGBTI athletes and tourists at the upcoming Sochi Olympics.
John Dalhuisen, Europe and Central Asia Director at Amnesty International, believes the law is tantamount to the government approving discrimination.
“Russia’s new law effectively banning public activism by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals has done nothing but create a climate of intolerance and promote violence by vigilante groups.
“The law provides the framework for a state-sponsored discrimination and follows a pattern of abuse against LGBTI individuals, with officials systematically failing to investigate hate crimes."
Dalhuisen added: “It is yet another measure in a long list introduced under Vladimir Putin’s current presidency to prevent people from enjoying their freedoms and speaking out about human rights.”
Dalhuisen’s comments come on the heels of a recent meeting at the Russian Embassy in Copenhagen where Amnesty International presented the Russian emissary with a petition from To Russia With Love Denmark with over 50,000 signatures protesting Russia’s homophobic law.
Amnesty’s campaign coordinator Helle Jacobsen. said the petiotion showed the extent of disapproval of the law in the gloabl community.
“The massive support from Danes shows that we in this country have the fundamental understanding that love knows no boundaries and that everyone should be allowed to love who they want. Regardless of your sexuality, you have the same rights as everyone else. The message has been sent to President Putin of Russia together with a demand that the law should be withdrawn.”
Fahad Saeed from To Russia with Love commented to Pink News: “We had a full hour with Minister Counsellor Alexey Rogov. We asked if the signature make a difference. He replied: ‘Yes, it makes an impression on Putin and the government that there are protests in so many places, and that you deliver 50,000 signatures today. We live in a global world. Russia is also looking at its neighbours’”.