In the HRC, I see no reasons to change the law banning gay propaganda

© RIA Novosti / Ekaterina Stuckinseoul the presidential human rights Council (HRC). Archival photoIn the HRC, I see no reasons to change the law banning gay propaganda© RIA Novosti / Ekaterina Shtukina

Changing the law is a sovereign matter, and there is no reason to think that after the decisions of the European court change its approach to the issue of banning gay propaganda among minors; however, the ECHR awarded compensation to Russia traditionally pays and the current solution probably will be no exception, says a member of the presidential Council on human rights (HRC), the lawyer Sergei Pashin.

Earlier Strasbourg court of human rights ruled on the discriminatory nature of the Russian law banning gay propaganda among minors. Complaint to the ECtHR was filed by three activists of the LGBT movement in Russia, Nikolai Baev, Nikolai Alexeev and Alexey Kiselev, who, according to the court, the Russian authorities must pay in the amount of 43 thousand euros of compensation for moral damage.

«Russia has traditionally been paid the money awarded by the European court. I believe this decision will be no exception. And the other part on changes in legislation, it is our sovereign right and no reason to think that Russia will change its approach,» — said Pashin.

He explained that the European court examines complaints against the injustice of justice or discrimination, and does not take action on complaints on national legislation — this can only be done by the constitutional court of the Russian Federation. That is, a complaint may submit one who suffered in their rights guaranteed by the Convention, the expert said, but the laws of the ECHR in this case does not change.

In turn, the Deputy head of the HRC Evgeny Bobrov noted that the decisions of the European court in principle must be complied with. «But we have to see whether it does not violate the foundations of the Russian legal order, given that in certain cases it is possible that the non-execution of judgments of the European court, according to a recent position of our constitutional court», — said the Agency interlocutor.

However, beavers noted that instead of banning gay propaganda among minors would cost to raise awareness for young people.

«Everything about gay propaganda among minors, I certainly disagree. I believe that you simply need to minors to conduct such awareness that people are different, there are such things. Deviation or not is a question to other organs,» — says human rights activist.

Russian authorities have repeatedly denied allegations of discriminatory nature of the law on gay propaganda among minors. The head of the constitutional court of Russia Valery Zorkin has previously explained that the legal meaning of the law is to primarily denote understanding of homosexual behavior as deviant from the norm.

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