EU concerned over Russia`s `gay propaganda` ban
Brussels: EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has expressed concern about a Russian bill making "homosexual propaganda" among minors an administrative offence.
"The implementation of this law could reinforce discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transsexuals and intersex people as well as all those who support them and their choices, in particular by limiting their freedom of expression and their freedom of association and assembly," the EU official said.
Ashton said Russia should observe the principles of the European Convention on Human Rights, which states that freedom of expression and freedom of association for all individuals should be protected.
The State Duma, Russia`s lower house of Parliament, overwhelmingly approved the bill in its first reading on January 26. Just one deputy voted against the bill and one abstained, while 388 voted for it.
The bill would levy fines for "homosexual propaganda" of up to USD 16,000 for legal entities, while individuals and officials could face fines of around USD 160 and USD 1,600 respectively.
Local legislatures in several Russian regions, including St Petersburg and Novosibirsk, have already passed a similar law.
Download the all new Zee News app for Android and iOS to stay up to date with latest headlines and news stories in Politics, Entertainment, Sports, Technology, Business and much more from India and around the world.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Helicopter ferrying 6 pilgrims, woman pilot crashes near Katra
- Growing sense of despondency in India from last 6-8 months: Aamir Khan
- 8th Ramnath Goenka Awards: Sudhir Chaudhary awarded for Excellence in Journalism
- Tejashwi Yadav takes charge as Deputy CM of Bihar
- Arvind Kejriwal clarifies his friendly gesture with Lalu Prasad Yadav
- Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh bypoll results: As it happened on November 24
- Lesson for jihadi aspirants? ISIS says Indians not good enough as 6 out of 23 fighters from India are killed
- Aamir Khan feels intolerance growing in India, says his wife suggested moving out of India
- Intolerance issue: When did ‘Incredible India’ become ‘Intolerant India’, Anupam Kher asks Aamir Khan
- Boon for SC/ST candidates? Birth, caste certificates likely to be merged