Russian Official Accuses EU of Hypocrisy Over LGBT Rights

The EU should tend to its own problems regarding gay rights before criticizing other countries, Russia’s human rights envoy said Thursday, after reviewing an NGO report on homophobic violence in Europe.

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Human rights group Amnesty International published a study on Wednesday examining attacks on members of the LGBT community in EU countries.

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Answering a question on the report, Konstantin Dolgov – the Russian Foreign Ministry’s human rights commissioner – noted that the report included a statistic that 80 percent of Europeans affected by homophobic violence don’t report the crime to the police for fear of institutionalized discrimination.

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