Pride permission revoked – activists arrested

Six Russian LGBT-activists were detained during a peaceful demonstration in St. Petersburg on 7 July. A couple of days earlier the authorities revoked a permission to hold a Pride march.

“This is yet another discouraging indication of the persistent discrimination and violation of the right to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression of LGBT persons in Russia”, said Joanna Kurosz, Programme Director at Civil Rights Defenders.

The organisers had received permission to conduct a Pride march on 7 July. But the local authorities unexpectedly revoked the permission, citing the recently enacted law on “propaganda of homosexuality” . A St. Petersburg court has previously ruled that the authorities’ refusal to permit LGBT events on this basis is unlawful. 

As LGBT activists turned up to peacefully protest at the previously agreed-upon location in St. Petersburg’s outskirts on Saturday, the police arrested and detained six of them. They have been charged with administrative offenses for participating in an illegal event and failing to comply with police orders.

Categories: Statements.
Tags: Freedom of assembly, Freedom of expression, LGBT, and Pride.
Regions: Russia.