2006-05-15 16:18:00

Council of Europe concerned over homosexuals' rights in Russia

Strasbourg/Moscow, May 15, Interfax - Secretary General of the Council of Europe Terry Davis has condemned recent cases of violence against homosexuals in Moscow. Davis urged Russian authorities to investigate these attacks, to punish those guilty and to prevent violence against homosexuals in the future.

Meanwhile, organizers of a gay-parade in Moscow have officially asked the Moscow administration for a permission to hold such a parade, head of the GayRussia.ru project Nikolai Alekseyev said at a press conference.

"A request to hold a parade scheduled for May 27 was sent to the Moscow administration," Alekseyev said, adding that the application "says that this is an event in the name of human rights and freedoms of homosexuals timed to coincide with the 13th anniversary of the ban on criminal prosecution of homosexuality in 1993, rather than a gay parade," he said.

At the same time, secretary of the Russian Radicals movement Nikolai Khramov said that his movement supported the idea of a gay parade in Moscow.