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Govt. says it supports gay Russians' equality

Thu 8 Aug 2013 In: New Zealand Daily News

Murray McCully Foreign Affairs minister Murray McCully claims the Government is "strongly committed to the fundamental principles of non-discrimination" on the basis of sexual orientation, on the same day it scuttled an attempt to have Parliament speak out against growing state-sanctioned brutality against glbti Russians. Despite this, his National-led government refused leave to Greens MP Jan Logie to introduce a motion for the NZ parliament to condemn the growing levels of brutality against glbti people in Russia. Many other political leaders around the world including US President Obama have publicly voiced concern. In a letter to Logie McCully merely says that New Zealand will "continue to call on all members of the United Nations, including Russia, to actively protect the fundamental rights of all people."    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Thursday, 8th August 2013 - 5:23pm

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