2013-06-11 11:56:00

HRW urges Russia not to pass bill banning propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations

Washington, June 11, Interfax - The Russian authorities should decide against passing a bill which virtually bans releasing information related to non-traditional sexual relations, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Russia is trying very hard to make discrimination look respectable by calling it 'tradition,' but whatever term is used in the bill, it remains discrimination and a violation of the basic human rights of LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual] people," Graeme Reid, LGBT rights program director at Human Rights Watch, was quoted as saying.

"To try to exclude LGBT people as 'non-traditional' is to try and make them less than human. It is cynical, and it is dangerous," Reid said.

It has been reported that the Russian State Duma would consider on Tuesday in the second and third readings the bill banning gay propaganda among children.