Louis-Georges Tin Joins Activists at UN for Gay Rights in Russia and Belarus
Tin Joins Activists at UN to Press for Gay Rights in Russia, Belarus.
Letter is sent to the UN General Secretary after public protest.
Louis-Georges Tin, the president of the International Day Against Homophobia committee, joined gay activists from Russia and Belarus on Monday at the United Nations to press for gay human rights in the two countries.
“I salute the determination of the LGBT activists from Russia and Belarus,” Mr. Tin told UK Gay News last evening.
“But,” he pointed out, “I regret that the UN Human Rights Commission has not given any firm commitment to solve the matter of Freedom of Assembly in their respective countries.”
On Sunday, the activists and Mr. Tin, who two years ago originated the concept of a United Nations declaration which came to fruition last December in New York, took part in a symbolic protest in front of the United Nations in Geneva.
“We came here to show that such event cannot be organized in our country,” said Nikolai Baev.
With banners reading “Russia and Belarus banned all gay manifestation. UN must act” and “Everyone has the right to freedom of assembly”, the activists handed-in a letter to the Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.
“The universal declaration for Human Rights says that anyone has the right to freedom of assembly and freedom of association. Since 2006 no action has been taken by the UN to guaranty Freedom of Assembly for LGBT in Russia and Belarus,” the letter reads.
Yesterday, the Russian-Belarusian delegation of gay activists, again accompanied by Mr. Tin, with the UN Human Rights High Commissioner office.
“One of the conclusions we made after our meeting with this institution is that there is a gap between what we, as activists, face in our countries and what they usually know,” said Mr. Baev.
“We will keep putting pressure on all these human rights institutions,” Nikolai Alekseev added.
The meeting concluded five days of visits to the European institutions and the UN.