European Court: Banning Moscow Pride Parades Was Whack, Yo


By banning gay pride parades in Moscow in in the years 2006, 2007, and 2008, Russian authorities violated the European Convention on Human Rights, the European Court of Human Rights just ruled in a case brought by activist Nikolai Alexeyev. “[T]he mere risk of a demonstration creating a disturbance was not sufficient to justify its ban. If every probability of tension and heated exchanges between opposing groups during a demonstration resulted in a demonstration’s prohibition, society would be deprived of hearing differing views on questions which offended the sensitivity of the majority opinion, and that ran contrary to the Convention principles.” So maybe this means the end of Alexeyev being arrested for traffic violations when he attempts Pride 2011?

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