Gay rights got a boost from foreign ministers meeting this week in Washington, D.C., but Russia refused to go along.
The meeting was attended by foreign ministers from the G8 nations, which includes some of the world’s largest economies — specifically Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Among many other subjects, the G8 foreign ministers agreed in a public statement:
The Ministers reaffirmed that prohibition of discrimination on any ground, including race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status, is enshrined in international human rights law.
Ministers reaffirmed that human rights and fundamental freedoms are the birthright of all individuals, male and female, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals. These individuals often face death, violence, harassment and discrimination because of their sexual orientation in many countries around the world.
Russia refused to go along with that position on discrimination against LGBT people. It stated, in disagreement:
The Russian Federation disassociates itself from this language given the absence of any explicit definition or provision relating to such a group or such persons as separate rights holders under international human rights law.
The Russian city of St. Petersburg passed a law March 7 that bans activities defined as “gay propaganda” that would promote gay culture among minors. Gay rights activists who protested against that law were arrested and charged with violating the law by their protests.
The Russian parliament is considering a proposal to extend the St. Petersburg ban nationwide.
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