Gay rights activists file suit with ECHR contesting Arkhangelsk region's law banning propaganda of homosexuality

Nikolai Alekseyev, founder of the Moscow gay pride movement, has filed a lawsuit with the European Court of Human Rights contesting the Arkhangelsk region's law banning the propaganda of homosexuality among minors, the website GayRussia.Ru reported on Monday.

Alekseyev and two other activists were prosecuted for holding a rally in front of the Arkhangelsk region's children's library in spring 2012 under this law.

"The claimants are accusing Russia of violating two articles of the Convention on the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms: Article 10 (freedom of expression) and Article 14 (ban on discrimination)," the report says.

Thus, gay rights activists contested the laws banning the propaganda of homosexuality among minors passed by three Russian regions (the Ryazan region, the Arkhangelsk region, and St. Petersburg) as of July 2.

The activists intend to ask the European Court to combine the claims into one, which they believe should speed up the trial.

According to earlier reports, the Arkhangelsk region's administration passed a law entitled, "On Specific Measures to Protect Morals and Children's Health," which prohibits public actions promoting homosexuality, in fall 2010. Violations of this law lead to administrative liability.

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