Russia accuses EU of ‘aggressively promoting’ homosexuality

  

Russia, caught in a pre-Sochi Olympic uproar over gay rights, accuses the European Union in a new report of trying to enforce "an alien view" of homosexuality on other countries.

The accusation is contained in a 153-page "Report on the human rights situation in the European Union", in which Moscow hits back at human rights criticism it regularly faces from the West by listing what it sees as rights failings in EU nations.

The report, presented in Brussels yesterday (23 January) by Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian foreign ministry's human rights commissioner, said the EU and its 28 member states saw it as a priority to disseminate their "neo-liberal values as a universal lifestyle for all other members of the international community".

This is the second report of such a type. Last year’s report, citing xenophobia, racism, violent nationalism, police abuse and neo-Nazism among others, was tabled ahead of a EU-Russia summit (see background). Russian President Vladimir Putin comes to Brussels for the 32nd EU-Russia summit on 28 January.

"This is particularly evident in their aggressive promotion of the sexual minorities' rights. Attempts have been made to enforce on other countries an alien view of homosexuality and same-sex marriages as a norm of life and some kind of a natural social phenomenon that deserves support at the state level," the English version of the new report says.

"Such an approach encounters resistance not only in the countries upholding traditional values, but also in those countries which have always taken a liberal attitude towards queers," it said.

It gave as an example the opposition of many French people to the legalisation of same-sex marriage last year.

Russia, preparing to host the Winter Olympics in Sochi next month, has come under fire from human rights activists over a law banning the dissemination of "gay propaganda" among minors.

Activists say the law is part of a crackdown on freedoms under President Vladimir Putin, who travels to Brussels next Tuesday for a summit with EU leaders.

Criticism

Pop singer Elton John spoke out on Wednesday against the Russian law, saying it legitimised homophobia and provided legal cover to extremists.

US President Barack Obama has included three openly gay athletes in the official US delegation to the Sochi Olympics in a move he made clear was intended to send a pointed message to Russia about gay rights.

Former tennis star Billie Jean King, Olympic figure skating champion Brian Boitano and Olympic ice hockey medalist Caitlin Cahow were among a group of prominent Americans named to represent the United States at the Games' ceremonies.

Dolgov warned athletes not to use the Olympics as a podium to campaign against the Russian law.

"If a skater is planning to come as a member of the Olympic team not to compete, but to fight against a law in the host country, it is very bad. It means that this particular skater does not respect Olympic principles, principles of the Olympic movement," he said at a news conference, without saying who he had in mind.

The Russian report said the most pressing human rights issues in the EU included a steady growth of xenophobia, racism, violent nationalism, chauvinism and neo-Nazism.

Grave violations of the rights of minorities, refugees and migrants were increasing in EU countries, and social rights of citizens were being infringed, the report said.

"No country is immune to human rights issues and problems. Nobody's record is perfect," Dolgov said.

Positions: 

AT&T was the first major US corporation to make a public statement condemning the anti-LGBT Russian law outlawing “homosexual propaganda.

"Since the passage of the law last June, the Russian LGBT community has been targeted with violence, harassment, bomb threats, and limitations on its freedom of speech and assembly. Human Rights Campaign called on corporate sponsors of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to condemn the dangerous law.  In spite of the fact that it is not an IOC corporate sponsor, AT&T heeded HRC’s call to stand with LGBT Russians and equality supporters all over the world," reads a statement by AT&T.

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thomas's picture

As i am from holland i cannot speak about the rest of europe, but i can concur that there are positive rewards to being a homosexual in my country such as:
Better legal presentation(as in beating(or even cursing at) a homo gives you more jail time)).
Having their national holiday where they party semi-naked on television
the social ban on saying anything anti-gay(because according to the "elite", it is impossible to by gay and irritating at the same time).

So is europe agressively promoting homosexuality, i don't know.
but it's almost illogical for russia not to think so.

thomas's picture

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haha didn't read that, even you guys are homophobic-phobic

an european's picture

But if the nature gave you the opposite mind for you whole life ! Why discriminating these people then ??!!!
Those who are guilty is the non-understanding!
In the U.S. some states allows gay marriage !
Why don't Russia accuses the U.S.A as well !
Some kind of restricted freedom's for them (because their situations are already complicated enough) have to be repected (which putin digracefully calls a promotin' homosexuality).

United Alliance's picture

Of course some President unlike some other have a short sighted vision about "Elton John"

"153-page "Report on the human rights situation in the European Union", in which Moscow hits back at human rights criticism it regularly faces from the West.."

If Putin has any "issue" with it , well then smell it!

disillusioned's picture

The terrorist fascist communist regime in Russia (as it has always been) has been speaking way too much lately. If there is something like an international community which is supposed to promote values such as "personal freedom" (religious, sexual, etc.), it should once and forever point to these bunch of communists that they should finally shut the.... up.

United Alliance 's picture

Anti-U.S./E.U. shitter brainless on the high today..

Anna's picture

NATO will start a war against Russia in the Caucasus.Araik Sargsyan,academician,President of the Geopolitical academy. Ara Sarkissian , Academician, President of the Academy of Geopolitics ...
In Ukraine, the conflict between protesters and pro-Western President Viktor Yanukovych
crossed over to the opposition of some power of the western regions . U.S. is long overdue to intervene in the conflict.
Russian President Vladimir Putin at the outset supported the crisis , and even now he is not going to give up. Odnako strategic reality is that Washington only able to lead Ukraine to Russia's orbit . The EU has become fragmented and indecisive . Frightening parallels with the mistakes that Europe made in the Balkans in the early 1990s , too obvious . Today , as then, the European Union, obviously does not understand what is at stake , and therefore not in a hurry to prevent a crisis developing in the neighboring state . Most of Europe's energy supplies go through Ukraine, and pipelines are concentrated in the western part of the country , where local authorities on Thursday defected to the opposition .. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XQbgmNLHHo&feature=youtu.be

an european's picture

I read the 153 PAges of PDF of the russian Pr.

Damn i ve to say he has aprtially right !
The European Union Institution with the Lisbon Treaty has no right to control the human rights effectively in member-states!

In fact the lack of a federal institutions makes europe very weak a great uncontrolled hole in many areas economically , uncontrolled risin' right extremis and risin' nationalism and human right's regulation on which outspreads the base EU human right and military structure with no real self-defense !
And much more ..

Either Chief of member-states commit doing an United Europe soon or crash totally down in extremely multinazionalism , chauvinism!

Very interesting & sad at the same time !
Anybody read it as well??

an european's picture

more :

Ah!Seems this came from Cameron !
One EU Member States show hypocritical
attitude towards the right to freedom of movement!

there is another one for Ingland!

"It is indicative that according to Edward Snowden, along with the
United States at least one EU Member State directly participated in a mass
electronic surveillance program. It was Great Britain."

Ok! I stop now !

an european's picture

one more:
According to the revelations made by Edward Snowden, the former
contractor of the American National Security Agency, British intelligence
agencies did not shy away from eavesdropping on their own citizens, as well as
on foreign delegations during major international events held in the UK. British Telecom, Vodafone Cable, Global Crossing, Verizon Business, Level 3, Viatel and Interoute engaged in these activities and colluded with Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in its Tempora secret programme. They provided unrestricted access to fibre-optic cables which
transmitted data about phone calls, emails and Facebook accounts of its users.This enabled the GCHQ and NSA to collect and examine information on online
activity of millions of Internet users.

an european's picture

Oh no !

The proud Kingdom of Netherland !
Listen:

Apparently the netherland ha "The Dutch pedophile association ", the Martijn club (a non-profit organization that promotes the idea of "acceptability"
of sexual relations between adults and children; most established members of the "club" have convictions for sexual offenses against children; "kids love it"

Oh Sh*t! The E.U. forces has to execute such brainless !

Otto's picture

In soviet Russia, dictators blame YOU for human rights problems...

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