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Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, A/HRC/19/55/Add.2, 23 February 2012: Russian Federation

Russian Federation

305. JUA 30/11/11 Case no.: RUS 12/2011 State Reply: 18/01/12 – Allegation of the passing of the first reading of a bill, which allegedly restricts LGBTI rights by the Legislative Assembly in St. Petersburg.


308. The Special Rapporteur is also concerned about increased obstacles for defenders of LGBTI rights as a result of legislative moves in some cities in the Russian Federation, which would represent considerable restrictions on their rights to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly. In this regard, the Special Rapporteur urges the Russian Federation to ensure rights protected under article 6, points b) and c), and article 7 of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders are respected.

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