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Council of Europe calls on Georgian authorities to protect gays from homophobes

2013-05-22 16:12

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks calls on Georgian authorities not to allow a repeat of May 17, when a group of defenders of the rights of sexual minorities was attacked by a crowd of many thousands of their opponents  in the center of Tbilisi.


"Violence splashing out on the streets of Tbilisi on the International Day Against Homophobia has revealed that the government had not taken adequate steps to ensure the safety of protesters in support of the LGBT community," the Interfax quotes Nils Muiznieks.

He called a positive step the fact that the authorities, including the Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili, have condemned the violence and promised to punish those responsible for the attacks on demonstrators.

Recall, the U.S. has also condemned the crackdown of the action of sexual minorities, held on May 17 in Tbilisi. Acting Deputy Department of State spokesman Patrick Ventrella made a statement on the morning briefing on May 20 when answering a question of the TV Rustavi-2 reporter.

"The United States condemns the attack on the peaceful rally to mark the International Day Against Homophobia in Tbilisi. Such acts of intolerance have no place in a democratic society," said Ventrella.


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