Putin urged to ban far right group that ‘hunts down’ LGBTs
London, UK – 18 August 2019
A vigil was held outside the Russian Consulate in London on Saturday afternoon to commemorate and demand justice for the murdered Russian LGBT+ activist Yelena Grigorieva. She had been put on ‘hunt list’ by a far right group that targets LGBTs and was then brutally killed.
“We commemorate and honour Yelena. But we also demand that the Kremlin jail her killers and ban this dangerous far right group that is encouraging supporters to hunt down LGBT+ people,” said Peter Tatchell of the human rights organisation, the Peter Tatchell Foundation, who attended today’s vigil.
“Yelena’s murder comes on top of the witch-hunt of LGBT+ people in Chechnya and the intensified homophobic repression all across Russia since the passage of the 2013 law against so-called ‘gay propaganda.
“We stand in solidarity with Russian LGBTs and call for their human rights to be protected, in accordance with the non-discrimination clauses of the Russian constitution and international law,” he said.
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