Video showing Violent Attacks on Gay Men in Russia goes Viral

On the 3rd Feb, Human Rights Watch uploaded a video depicting homophobic violence in Russia. In the days following, it’s received almost 2 million views and sparked outrage worldwide.

The video’s release has coincided with the Winter Olympic Games hosted in Sochi, Russia. Human rights campaigners are using it to highlight the increase in homophobic and transphobic attacks occurring in Russia. Putin’s recent introduction of the infamous ‘gay propaganda’ law prohibits both individuals and organisations from discussing homosexuality in public. Putin and other Russian officials repeatedly confuse homosexuality with paedophilia in public statements as an attempt to make their persecuting laws seem honourable. However, there is no evidence that paedophilia occurs in homosexuals any more than it does in heterosexuals.

For more information, please visit the Human Rights Watch website.

United Nations Video on LGBT Rights already Outdated

On the 9th December 2013, the United Nations published a video to mark the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”.

The video focuses on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people across the world. Although showing progress on issues such as discrimination, it highlights the fact that 76 countries still criminalise same-sex relations. Unfortunately, this figure is already out of date due to India’s recent Supreme Court ruling that re-criminalised same-sex relationships, increasing the number to 77.

This also doesn’t take into account Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ law, which ultimately bans the discussion of homosexuality in public and prevents LGBT support services for people under the age of 18.