Russian politicians must reject a controversial new law that targets what it describes as the “propaganda of homosexuality among minors” when it comes before the country’s Parliament or “Duma” on 19 December, Amnesty International said.
In a letter to the State Duma, the organization is calling on parliamentarians to respect the country’s international obligations to protect the right to freedom of expression and assembly of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.
The law would make the “promotion of homosexuality among minors” an administrative offence in federal law, with fines of up to 500,000 roubles (US$ 16,200).
But because there is no proper explanation for what constitutes “propaganda of homosexuality” it could thus be interpreted very loosely. Russian laws also do not define ‘homosexuality’.