2006-05-31 18:25:00

Moscow gay parade organizers may win case in Strasbourg - PACE rapporteur

Moscow, May 31, Interfax - Participants in the unauthorized gay parade in Moscow may succeed in upholding their rights in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on judgments of the European Court Erik Jurgens said.

At a Wednesday news conference at the Interfax central office in Moscow he said they definitely have a chance to win their case as the freedom of assembly is enshrined within the European Convention.

However, he could not say for sure whether or not their human rights had been violated in this case.

It is probable that some individuals could have opposed the participants in the parade which could have resulted in violence, and this could have been the reason behind the authorities' decision to ban the parade, Jurgens said.

The parade's organizers should use the Russian judicial system to protect their rights before taking their case to Strasbourg, he said.