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Parliamentary questions
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21 January 2015
Question for written answer E-000793-15
to the Council
Rule 130
Eider Gardiazabal Rubial (S&D)

 Subject:  Discrimination against the LGBT community in Russia
 Answer in writing 

On 29 December 2014, Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree containing provisions allowing officials to ban gay and transgender people from driving.

This is yet another example of homophobia on the part of the Russian Government, following on from a series of laws that have been adopted in recent months promoting homophobia, and the stigmatisation of and discrimination against the LGBT community. With this in mind, what steps is the Council intending to take to express its utter rejection of this measure and to call for it to be withdrawn on the grounds that it breaches the human rights of transgender, gay and bisexual people?

Does the Council not think that it ought to make Russia aware of how important it is that Russia complies with the obligations under international law stemming from its membership of the Council of Europe, and upholds fundamental human rights? Does the Council not think it should respond so as to ensure that the LGBT community no longer suffers discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity?

Original language of question: ES 
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