Human rights ombudsman insists on Russia's right to protect children from gay propaganda

Russian Foreign Ministry Human Rights Commissioner Konstantin Dolgov expressed perplexity over actions in some Western countries against the Russian law banning propaganda of homosexuality among minors.

Russian Foreign Ministry Human Rights Commissioner Konstantin Dolgov expressed perplexity over actions in some Western countries against the Russian law banning propaganda of homosexuality among minors.

"Insinuations by Swedish media and actions obviously orchestrated in some Western countries against alleged infringement of the LGBT's rights in Russia cause perplexity," Dolgov said on Twitter on Saturday.

"There is no definition of 'sexual orientation' and 'gender identity' in universal international treaties," Dolgov said. "In addition, we recommend not inventing Russia's international obligations where there are none. The Convention on the Rights of the Child is aimed at this in particular," he said.

"The laws adopted in Russia, which have alarmed the so-called freedom fighters so much, are intended exclusively to protect children from harmful information imposed on them," he said.

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