The Pre-session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child was held on the 20th of June in Geneva with participation of Russian non-governmental organizations. The problems related to the observance of children's rights in respect to LGBT youth and in the context of the law banning propaganda of "non-traditional sexual relations" recently adopted by the State Duma were identified in the joint statement by the Russian LGBT Network and the Memorial Anti-Discrimination Center (ADC Memorial).


The State Duma passed in the third reading the federal act banning “non-traditional sexual relations”. This law makes amendments to the Administrative Code and in the federal law on “protecting children from information that can bring harm to their health and wellbeing”. 436 voted in favor no one against and 1 abstained.


Today Duma Council included in agenda for 11 June the bill on prohibiting the propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships among minors, including mass media and Internet. The Committee on Family Relations is planning to pass the bill in second and third reading at once.


On May 31st - June 1st, 2013 a conference “Protecting Children from Homophobia and Transphobia” will be held in St. Petersburg by Parents’ Movement and Alliance of Straights for LGBT Equality, supported by the Russian LGBT Network. The two-day conference will be dedicated to Children’s Day, which is observed on June 1st.


On May 17th, on the International Day Against Homophobia, LGBT activists will hold mourning actions in several Russian cities. Black balloons and black ribbons will be added to the traditional rainbow colors of the flashmobs in memory of the slain Vladislav Tornovoy, who was brutally murdered on May 9th in Volgograd, in the south of Russia.


At the 16th session of the UN Human Rights Council (held in Geneva) the report on the implementation of voluntary obligations taken by Russia in the context of human rights in the Universal Periodic Review was considered. Russia received extensive advice in the field of human rights for the next 4 years. The most popular questions concerned the "foreign agents" law, meetings and a ban on so-called "propaganda of homosexualism".


During the official visit of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin on the 8th of April in Amsterdam more than 3000 people protested against passing a ‘gay propaganda’ bill in Russia. The aim of Mr. Putin’s visit in Amsterdam was to celebrate the 400th anniversary of cultural exchange between the two countries and to declare, together with Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Russia – The Netherlands Bilateral Year 2013.


On Sunday, March 31st 2013, activists of the Russian LGBT Network will hold one-person actions at the central square of Syktyvkar (capital city of the Republic of Komi, North-Western region of Russia). One-person picket is a special type of a street action in Russia which does not require permission of the authorities.


Russian LGBT Network submitted an alternative report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, offering its commentary on the most recent state report of the Russian Federation on implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.


Representatives of the Russian LGBT Network presented the situation with human rights as regards LGBT in Russia during the session of the UN Human Rights Council. The session is held from February 25 to March 22 in Geneva.