To Russia with Love delivers 50,000 strong petition to Russian Embassy
Amnesty International and To Russia With Love Denmark converged on the Russian Embassy in Copenhagen yesterday to deliver a petition with 50,000 Danish signatures protesting against Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law.
The bill which President Vladimir Putin signed into law in June has drawn outcry from human rights and LGBTI rights activists around the globe and drawn condemnation from world leaders including US President Obama.
Representatives from Amnesty’s Danish branch and To Russia with Love Denmark met with the Russian Embassy in Copenhagen to deliver the signatures.
Amnesty’s campaign coordinator Helle Jacobsen. said:”The message has been sent to President Putin of Russia together with a demand that the law should be withdrawn.”
Jacobsen believes the immense number of signatures should draw attention to the fact that love is equal and no government should dictate a policy constricting love and equality. “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,” said Jacobsen.
Fahad Saeed from To Russia with Love remains hopeful their metting with Minister Councellor Alexey Rogov will have an impact on policy.
“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’”.
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