ECtHR: failure to protect LGBTI demonstrators from homophobic attacks breaches freedom of assembly and prohibition of discrimination
Today, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) handed down its judgment in Berkman v. Russia (application no. 46712/15), ruling that Russian authorities breached the freedom of assembly and the prohibition of discrimination (Articles 11 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights, ECHR) by failing to protect participants in a LGBTI meeting in St Petersburg from aggressive counter-demonstrators.
By a unanimous vote, the ECtHR found that Russia failed to comply with its positive obligations under Articles 11 and 14 because the police failed to take steps to facilitate access to the meeting and to protect the applicant from the counter protestors’ homophobic attacks. Moreover, today’s ruling found a violation of the right to