2012-03-28 16:47:00

Gay, pedophilia propaganda bans do not run counter to Russia's commitments ministry

Moscow, March 28, Interfax - The legislation passed in a number of Russian cities, banning the homosexual and pedophile "propaganda" among minors, does not violate Russia's international commitments, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

On March 27, the Russian Foreign Ministry's Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law, Konstantin Dolgov, attended a Council of Europe conference on discrimination against sexual minorities, the ministry said in a commentary posted on its web site.

"After some of the attendees criticized the laws passed in a number of Russian cities, imposing administrative liability for homosexual and pedophile "propaganda" among minors, the Commissioner stressed that these legal acts do not violate Russia's international commitments and fully fit into Russia's laws and efforts to duly protect the rights and interests of Russian children," the ministry said.

The Russian diplomat also pointed to the Russian legal ban of any discrimination, including based on sexual orientation, and said there was no need to make separate legal documents protecting the rights of sexual minorities.