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Russia again found to be in violation of ECHR for suppressing gay pride marches

The Third Section of the European Court of Human Rights has today issued its judgment in Alekseyev and Others v Russia. The case concerns 51 applications against the Russian Federation by applicants who, between 2009 and 2014, were refused approval to hold LGBT public assemblies (gay pride marches).

The applicants complained about the ban on holding LGBT assemblies and of the discriminatory manner in which the national authorities treated their applications to hold these events. They also complained of the absence of effective domestic remedies in respect of the alleged violations of their right to freedom of assembly. 
The applicants relied on Articles 11, 13 and 14 of the Convention.
The Court found that 44 of the applications were inadmissible as they had not been lodged within six months of the authorities’ decision not to approve a public LGBT event. The rest of the complaints were declared admissible.

Judgment - a reiteration of Alekseyev v Russia (2010)

The Court was able to issue a…

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