On Thursday, two dozen masked men stormed a popular gay bar in Moscow and beat patrons, injuring 10 and sending four to the hospital. The attack happened during a "Coming Out Day" party, and the attackers mostly targeted women. Three women and one man were hospitalized.
New York Times reports that Nikolai Alekseyev, the founder of the gay pride movement in Moscow, said that this attack indicates that anti-gay groups are 'becoming increasingly aggressive.' He said, "they believe that they won't be caught and won't be punished for this."
Homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia in 1993; however, the attack coincides with a year full of new anti-gay legislation. This year, three cities have passed laws criminalizing 'homosexual propaganda,' and the Russian Orthodox Church has endorsed that legislation at the national level. A measure banning gay pride parades in Moscow for a century, until 2112, was upheld by the highest court in August.
Media Resources: NY Times 10/12/12; Huffington Post 10/12/12; Jezebel 10/14/12l
12/11/2013 Human Rights Day Celebrated Around The World - Yesterday marked International Human Rights Day, a day to celebrate human rights advances and to assess the challenges that lie ahead in protecting them.
"The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement. . . .
12/11/2013 UConn Under Federal Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases - The US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) informed the University of Connecticut on Monday that it will investigate the school for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases and violating Title IX, the federal law that requires all recipients of federal financial assistance for education programs and activities to prohibit sex discrimination and sexual harassment [PDF].
The investigation was sparked after seven women filed a formal complaint in October alleging that UConn had failed to protect them from sexual assault and exposed them to a sexually hostile environment.One woman says her attacker was expelled from campus but later readmitted without her knowledge. . . .
12/11/2013 Massachusetts Democrat Katherine Clark Wins Congressional Seat - Democrat Katherine Clark will become the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the US House Tuesday, after easily defeating three opponents in a special election.
"Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House. . . .