Moscow gay pride parade organizers ask court to overturn ban

Active members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community have appealed against the Moscow authorities' decision to ban them from staging a procession and rallies in late May.

Active members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community have appealed against the Moscow authorities' decision to ban them from staging a procession and rallies in late May.

"On Friday we appealed to a court against the Moscow government bans of the procession and two rallies as part of the tenth-anniversary gay pride parade," event organizer Nikolai Alexeyev told Interfax on May 22.

The organizers have asked the court to rule that the authorities' decision is illegal and to compel officials to allow the rallies and procession to be held next Saturday, May 30, he said.

Moscow authorities have been banning every LGBT-organized public event for ten years now, he recalled.

"In 2010, the European Court of Human rights (ECHR) already found that these bans ran counter to the Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, but that has not changed the policy of the Moscow authorities," Alexeyev said.

Earlier on May 22 Moscow authorities warned LGBT activists that any attempt to stage banned public rallies on May 30 will be foiled.

A day earlier, Moscow City Hall rejected an application by sexual minority activists to stage a gay pride parade in Moscow on May 30. The event organizer, Nikolai Alexeyev, replied that the event will go ahead anyway.

"We notified the organizers that the event will not take place. I can say that the event will not take place, every measure will be taken," the head of Moscow's Regional Security and Anti-Corruption Department, Alexei Maiorov, told Interfax on May 22. Earlier he told Interfax that the Moscow authorities would inform law enforcement bodies, including prosecutors, that permission for the event has been denied.

 

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