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MP's Russia motion scuttled by National

Thu 8 Aug 2013 In: New Zealand Daily News

Jan Logie The National Party has refused to support Green MP Jan Logie’s motion to ‘note with grave concern’ the passage of anti-gay legislation in Russia. Logie sought support from parties across the House for the following: “to move that this House note with grave concern the recent passing of legislation in Russia that criminalises freedom of association and advocacy for same sex couples within Russia whether they be citizens or not and state its hope and expectation that the New Zealand Government will urge other governments and the winter Olympics organising committee to ensure the safety, security and rights of all people regardless of their sexual orientation.” Logie says the National Party refused to support it, despite supporting a similar notice of motion regarding laws against the LGBT community in Uganda. She says the Government needs to support gay New Zealand Olympian Blake Skjellerup and call for the repeal of homophobic laws ahead of the Winter Olympics in Russia. “There is growing evidence that recent Russian legislation which discriminates against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community has sparked a growing spate of violent attacks on this community in Russia,” she says. “The Winter Olympics offers an opportunity for the global community to put pressure on Russia to meet its human rights obligations. “New Zealand can use our lobbying power to call for the International Olympic Committee to remove the games from Russia unless they repeal these discriminatory laws in advance of the Sochi Games. “Human rights are indivisible and inalienable; the entire framework of human rights is threatened when we allow the persecution of a minority. “The New Zealand Government should not let the fact that it is currently negotiating a free trade deal with Russia stand in the way of taking a stand for human rights. “New Zealand should be condemning in the strongest possible terms the recent retrogressive laws put through under the Putin Government. “Our Government should also be doing all it can to make sure that brave New Zealand athletes from the LGBT community are safe when they are representing us overseas.”     

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Thursday, 8th August 2013 - 2:20pm

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