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Police refuse to grant permission for this year’s Budapest Pride march

The Budapest Police Department has refused to grant permission for this year’s Budapest Pride march. The march had been announced for July 7, 2012, with a route from City Park to Alkotmány Street along Andrássy Avenue, by the festival’s organizers, the Rainbow Mission Foundation. This is not the first time the police have tried to prevent the march, and this year they again justified their decision to restrict our freedom of assembly with the claim that it is impossible to redirect traffic to another route. With the help of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (TASZ), we are filing a petition for review of the ban. We look forward to the Budapest Metropolitan Court repealing the police’s decision, which is expected to be announced in the next few weeks. The march is a part of the Budapest Pride Film and Cultural Festival, whose goal is to raise awareness about the discrimination and legal inequality faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people. The festival aims to build and strengthen the Hungarian LGBTQ community, address and involve heterosexual allies, and stand up against stereotypical and homophobic portrayals of our community.

via budapestpride: Police refuse to grant permission for this year’s Budapest Pride march

siehe auch: HUNGARY: AUTHORITIES MUST LIFT THE BAN ON 2012 PRIDE MARCH. On 6 April 2012 the Chief of Budapest Police issued a resolution banning the 2012 LGBT Pride march, scheduled on 7 July 2012. Amnesty International is concerned that the banning of the Pride march violates the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people to exercise their freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression without discrimination. According to the information available to Amnesty International, the organisers of the Pride march, the Rainbow Mission Foundation, applied to register the event and its route on 3 April. They are planning to appeal to the Budapest Metropolitan Court against the Budapest Police Resolution. The resolution of the Budapest Police justified the ban on grounds that the Pride march would have negative consequences on traffic, which could not be diverted to alternative routes. The resolution highlights that the exercise of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly by participants of the Pride march would affect the freedom of movement of those who are not taking part into it. Although states may restrict the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and to freedom of expression for achieving an aim that is legitimate under international human rights law, any restriction should be proportionate and necessary to the achievement of that aim. However, in this case, the ban on the LGBT Pride march is not a proportionate restriction. The route proposed by the organisers has been regularly used for holding other marches and demonstrations, including in recent weeks. Traffic disruption alone is not a legitimate aim for which the exercise of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and to freedom of expression can be restricted. The freedom of movement of those not attending the Pride march would in this case be limited only partially and temporarily.

Will India Stand Up for Gay Rights?

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The Indian government on Tuesday clarified its view on gay sex, saying that it accepts the 2009 High Court order that decriminalized homosexuality. The move came after P.P. Malhotra, a lawyer for the Home Ministry, told the Supreme Court that gay sex was “immoral.” The ministry quickly distanced itself from the stance, noting that it “had not taken any position on homosexuality as is being reported in the media.” Tuesday’s clarification may have appeased some critics, but it has also highlighted the extent to which India is stuck on the issue of decriminalization. Is it time for the Indian government to take a more assertive stand on gay rights?
The repeal, in 2009, of the colonial-era law that made gay sex punishable by up to 10 years in prison marked a significant shift in official attitudes to homosexuality. India “now recognizes sexual orientation as a human right,” Ashok Row Kavi, editor of India’s first gay magazine, Bombay Dost and chairperson of the Humsafar Trust, an Indian LGBT-advocacy group, told TIME. “The mobilization around the antisodomy law has made [India] aware of the existence of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community, and it is coming up again and again in government discussions,” he added. Since then, according to subsequent studies, the judgment has spurred a rise in social acceptance and “led to increased self-confidence and self-acceptance amongst the respondents.”

via time.com: Will India Stand Up for Gay Rights?

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