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News: UK

Mon 9 Sep, 2013
By Robert Ingham


Tim Farron hopes to build cross-party support so the entire House of Commons is united against President Vladimir Putin.

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LGBT rights in Russia are heading to the UK parliament.

Tim Farron, the president of the Liberal Democrats, has tabled a motion in order to draw attention to the ‘deplorable’ legislation in Russia.

He hopes to build cross-party support so the entire House of Commons is united against President Vladimir Putin.

In the early day motion, he says: ‘We must listen to those Russian LGBT groups and activists who urge very strongly that boycotts in any form of nature, from sporting, like the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, to drinking vodka, are not supported by them and only increase the likelihood of harm towards LGBT Russians.’

Referencing the former Section 28 legislation in the UK, banning the ‘promotion of homosexuality’ in schools, Farron says the laws appear to be a part of a ‘wider crackdown on the freedoms of the LGBT community.



The Lib Dem president will call on the government to work with the G20, Council of Europe, the International Olympic Committee, the sponsors for the Sochi Games, and LGBT rights activists already based in Russia.

‘I think actually it’s important that we through-out parliament highlight issues not only in our own country, but abroad,’ Farron said.

Source: Gay Star News

To read more click: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lgbt-rights-russia-heads-uk-parliament090913

 

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