Essentially, Anti-LGBTQ propaganda laws
empower Russian police and citizens to brutalize lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender, queer individuals, and straight allies. Sign this
petition to pressure the U.N. Human Rights leader to order sanctions
(penalties for violating Universal Human Rights) against Russia and Pres.
[Scroll down to see actual petition.]DETAILED INFORMATION
WHO IS NAVANETHEM PILLAY?
the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem
Pillay has a proven track record of supporting equal rights regardless
of gender or sexual orientation (see official bio
Pillay and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human
Rights (OHCHR) work closely with U.N. member nations to identify
universal human rights, educate, and empower stakeholders to uphold
these principles (read more about the OHCHR
).HOW HAS RUSSIA VIOLATED UNIVERSAL HUMAN RIGHTS?Russia adopted
the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
which includes Freedom of Speech
and Freedom from Fear
as two of the Four Freedoms
. By adopting the Universal Declaration, Russia has agreed to abide by its legal requirements and consequences
. Based on this mutual agreement, the U.N. has every right to enact
sanctions against Russia for violating the Universal Declaration.
The anti-gay propaganda laws
do not explicitly declare the right for police and/or the public to
attack lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer individuals. It would seem unreasonable to conclude that the
propaganda laws directly violate human rights in the sense of personal
However, these laws explicitly prohibit freedom of speech regarding a
specific topic - sexual orientation apart from heterosexuality.
Consequently, not only has the LGBTQ community lost this freedom, the
community has received increased persecution from an already present public attitude against homosexuality
. Thus, the LGBTQ community lives in a cultural climate of fear.
WHY SIGN NOW?
If one segment of society loses its universal freedoms, then
all segments of society are in danger of the same threat. The Universal
Declaration doesn't exist to define a universal moral code
, but to
ensure everyone has equal access to a basic set of freedoms necessary
for a happy, successful life without infringing on the rights of other
To some, the anti-gay propaganda laws may seem harmless. On the contrary, they reinforce the consequences of heteronormativity
It seems like those who support the anti-gay propaganda laws and/or
those who believe those laws do not threaten human rights are unaware of
the collateral damage such support and beliefs cause against LGBTQ
individuals - especially youth. If LGBTQ youth do not believe there is
hope for having a happy, successful future similar to their straight
peers, then they are more likely to experience higher rates of
depression and suicide (see Prejudice, social stress, and mental health in lesbian, gay, and bisexual populations: Conceptual issues and research evidence