2007-01-29 13:00:00

Organizers of Moscow gay pride parade want compensation from Russia

Moscow, January 29, Interfax - Organizers of the Moscow gay pride parade have filed a suit with the European Court of Human Rights against Russia demanding 20,000 Euros in damages, Nikolay Alexeyev, chief organizer of the action, told Interfax on Monday.

"Finally, one will stop considering us as second-class citizens without any rights. Thanks to the authorities we have the image of people who cannot protect their rights," he said.

In particular, Russia, through its state agencies, violated Articles 11, 13 and 14 of the European Convention on the Protection of Human Rights, which relate to the right to peaceful actions, the right to effective legal representation and ban discrimination, respectively, the organizers argued in their suit.

The ban imposed on the parade also violates Russian legislation and provisions of the European convention ratified by Russia, the claim reads.

The official notification on holding a gay pride parade was submitted to the Moscow City Hall on May 15, 2006. The authorities banned the action on May 18.

The ban was appealed with the Tverskoy District Court in Moscow, which banned the action the day before it was due to take place. The Moscow City Court upheld the ruling of the district court after hearing an appeal from the organizers of the action.

The organizers turned to the presidium of the Moscow City Court with another appeal on November 13. However, the court ruled on December 25 that "previous court rulings give no grounds to question their legality."