2010-02-24 13:57:00

Russia refuses to register NGO set up to help sexual minorities

Moscow, February 24, Interfax - The Russian Justice Ministry has rejected an application to register Marriage Equality, a nonprofit organization set up to provide legal assistance and information services to sexual minorities.

"A necessary package of documents for the registration of the organization was submitted with the Justice Ministry Central Office for Moscow on December 14 last year, but the authorities thought the organization's objectives contradict the current laws," prominent Russian gay rights activist Nikolay Alexeyev told Interfax on Wednesday.

Under the movement's charter, its objectives include, in particular, "to provide assistance and information services so as to overcome discrimination, defamation and violation of the rights of citizens because of their sexual orientation and gender identity; to assist in protecting human rights in the area of spousal relations and to achieve marriage equality for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people in the Russian Federation, as well as to carry out activities aimed at achieving the legal recognition of same-sex marriage in the Russian Federation."