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Russia's anti-gay bill may infringe fundamental rights: Dutch minister

Tuesday 26 February 2013

Russia's insistence on pressing ahead with anti-gay information legislation may 'infringe fundamental rights,' Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans said on Tuesday at a news conference in Moscow.

Timmermans and Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov held a joint news conference on Tuesday following a meeting earlier in the day. At the beginning of this month Timmermans urged Russia not to make the bill law, saying it may be contrary to Russia's international obligations.

'We don't have a single international or common European commitment to allow the propaganda of homosexuality,' Lavrov is quoted as saying by news agency AP.

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At the news conference, Timmermans said he and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton believe the legislation 'could infringe fundamental rights,' AP reported.

The law will make it a criminal offence to hold public events or spread information about homosexuality to minors. Russia decriminalised homosexuality in 1993 but homophobia remains strong, AP said.

Russian president Vladimir Putin is due to visit the Netherlands on April 8 as part of the events to mark 400 years of ties between the Netherlands and Russia.

© DutchNews.nl



 

Readers' Comments

As much as I'm against Russia banning being gay, banning the spread of information to minors about homosexuality is OK. We all know how kids are: they hear it's just as normal as falling in love with a girl, and so what do they do? They will "fall in love" with their best friends (as most kids are friends with the same gender). And molding kids into homosexuality is not the right thing to do, not to mention it might cause a whole heap of new problems (like: a friend and a partner are similar but still different).

The problem is of course: kids should be stopped bullying others for their preference. There are plenty of other, risk-free ways to solve that.

By Someone | 26 February 2013 11:28 PM

(We don't have a single international or common European commitment to allow the propaganda of homosexuality,' Lavrov is quoted as saying by news agency AP) So, they only agree with traditional marriage, that is their prerogative. As for the homophobia, they need to pass new laws to protect this minority group, gay bashing is not acceptable.

By Peter | 27 February 2013 8:46 AM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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