Saturday, 23 October 2010

Malta Today: Human rights court slams Moscow’s ban on gay parades
Thursday, October 21, 2010

The European Court of Human Rights has condemned the city of Moscow for violating the rights of gays and lesbians when it enacted bans in 2006, 2007 and 2008, on gay pride events simply because it disapproved of homosexuality.

The court it ordered Moscow to pay event organizers €29,510 ($41,300) for damages and court costs.

The ruling orders Russia to respect human rights. Should it not, it faces ejection from the Council of Europe, the organization to which the rights court belongs.

The court's action coinciding on the same day that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's chief of staff was named the new mayor of Moscow – replacing Yuri Luzhkov, who was removed by President Dmitry Medvedev last month after 18 years in office.

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