2007-12-07 10:00:00

Moscow homosexuals to seek justice in Strasbourg court

Moscow, December 7, Interfax - A ban on a gay parade in Moscow on May 27, 2007 was upheld by the Moscow City Court on Thursday.

"The court upheld the September 4, 2007 ruling of Moscow's Tverskoy City Court," the organizer of the banned march of sexual minorities Nikolay Alexeyev told Interfax.

Earlier, appeals by Alexeyev and his supporters against a ban on two gay pickets on May 27, 2007 (on Tverskaya and Pushkinskaya squares) and Alexeyev's detention and fining for disobeying police were also rejected.

"We are now uniting these cases into one and will refer it to the Strasbourg court [the European Court of Human Rights] in the nearest future," Alexeyev said.

Gay parade organizers argue that the above actions by the Moscow authorities clash with the European Convention on Human Rights and will press for compensation.

Meanwhile, the Strasbourg court is yet to examine a previous complaint over the prohibited gay parade in Moscow in 2006.