Russia’s law against promotion of non-tradition sexual relations breaches human rights, rules ECHR

In a landmark judgment of Bayev and Others v. Russia, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that a Russian law banning the “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations aimed at minors” breached European treaty rules. This law was often invoked to refuse permission for LGBTI parades, and harass LGBTI rights activists.

Noting that the law reinforces stigma, and encourages homophobia, The ECHR held that it was violative of the right to freedom of speech, and prohibition against discrimination under the European Convention on Human Rights.