Human Rights Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg said peaceful demonstrations must not be prohibited no matter who might organize them, but he added that such actions could provoke social disturbances and authorities had the right to break them up.
The attempt to hold the gay parade in downtown Moscow on May 27 after the mayor banned it resulted in violent clashes between sexual minorities and their opponents - representatives of a number of political parties, religious and radical movements - and the detention of some 120 people from both sides, most of whom were later released.
Hammarberg also spoke out against promoting one kind of sexual relations over others and said everyone must have equal rights to sexual self-identity.
Add to blog
You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.
Image Galleries: Hungry Hippos, Tiny Tamarins and Other Animal News
Infographics: First Russian Smartphone
Russia has surged ahead on the foreign policy stage, but this is not enough to remain a great power. The tough-minded policies and masterful diplomacy of Russia’s leadership have maximized the country’s position in the world, and are now the main source of its international influence and prestige. Russia’s foreign policy in the next decade depends entirely on what happens at home.