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Russia Rejects G8 Endorsement of LGBT Rights

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosted the G8 Foreign Ministers at Blair House in Washington D.C. this week and one of the products of the meeting was a statement by the group affirming LGBT rights. It was endrosed by all those present, except for Russia, the Wall Street Journal reports:

RyabkovFollowing a meeting in Washington, the statement of the G8 Foreign Ministers Meeting Chair said: “The 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.”

The document came with a footnote saying “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.”

Russia’s deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said Friday that “under the pretext of protecting the so-called sexual minorities, in effect there’s aggressive propaganda and the imposition of certain behavior and values that may insult the majority of the society.”

He added that the international law has no separate norms for the protection of people according to their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Russia has been considering a federal version of the law recently passed in St. Petersburg banning gay "propaganda" which bars (and imposes fines for) gay groups, gay books and periodicals, LGBT Pride events, and other "promotion" of homosexuality. Two activists were arrested last week protesting the law.

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  1. Scum. This western policy of engagement with Russia [and China] is bogus. They're playing the west.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 13, 2012 11:32:13 AM

  2. test

    Posted by: test | Apr 13, 2012 12:21:56 PM

  3. At least Hillary tried, and got 7 of the 8 to sign on - which is a helluva lot more than Condi or Colin did.

    Posted by: Hank | Apr 13, 2012 1:11:22 PM

  4. Apparently communism wasn't the problem after all. It's Russians, they're just jerks.

    Posted by: Tone | Apr 13, 2012 3:12:41 PM

  5. Well, at leas one of the Asian countries –Japan- endorsed it. Russia is even further in the east though.

    Posted by: SayTheTruth | Apr 13, 2012 6:20:03 PM

  6. Italy is part of the G8.
    I'm curious to see if this will mean anything.
    So far the country is really homophobic and there is no law protecting gays. Not even civil unions, which all the countries in western europe have.

    Posted by: daniel | Apr 13, 2012 6:48:11 PM

  7. While exerting pressure in the diplomatic world, we need lots of civil disobedience on the ground. Until that happens, nothing will change.

    Posted by: Ted | Apr 14, 2012 8:56:04 AM

  8. TONE - you're right, they're just jerks, something Peter and Catherine the Greats knew a long time ago as they tried to Westernize. The job still isn't done, they don't get Enlightenment.

    Posted by: uffda | Apr 15, 2012 8:42:08 AM

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