“Thank you to 85,000 All Out members who’ve already signed the petition. We must keep the global pressure up. Please help us now: sign the petition so we can be heard by world leaders and the media.” Polina A. in Russia
Polina sent this message to All Out members yesterday, as Russia passed a new law that makes it illegal to even say the word “gay”. Dozens of people protesting against the law were dragged away and arrested by police.
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Crisis in Russia: two brutal murders for being gay within weeks. One man was stabbed to death by neighbours, and a younger man was beaten to death with rocks after coming out.
The rise in attacks is happening as President Putin wages war on gays and lesbians. His government has banned Pride marches and is trying to bring in a new anti-gay law. And tomorrow, a major Russian gay organisation will go on trial to fight closure.
Putin is getting away with the crackdown because there’s little international media attention and no real pressure from other world leaders.
But if we start with a massive petition, we can work to get the crisis on the to do list of every world leader and onto the front pages of newspapers.
Can you sign before the trial starts tomorrow?
Putin has shown he’s sensitive to international pressure about his treatment of gay and lesbians. When he visited the Netherlands recently, he was greeted by a big protest and media coverage.
He was later forced to claim publicly that he doesn’t support discrimination. Russian human rights workers told the All Out office team that this led directly to their finally being given a meeting with the Ombudsman for Human Rights – a big boost to their work.
Sign now and share the petition with friends and family:
But what if instead of facing only the handful of people in Russia brave enough to stand up to terrifying violence and state power, he faced a movement of millions of us?
We’ve spoken up together about Russia before, but All Out has grown fast in the last two years. There are now 1.6 million of us in every country in the world – and there’s nothing we can’t do together for love.
Please sign now:
Andre, Guillaume, Marie, Hayley, Jeremy, Sara, Tile, Wesley and the rest of the All Out team.
PS: There’s so much we could do if we grew the biggest petition the world has ever seen against the crackdown in Russia. Deliver it to embassies in every country. Use it get journalists to write high-profile features criticising Putin. Use it as a rallying point for protests whenever Russian officials visit other countries. Sign here: http://www.allout.org/russia-attacks
Man Stabbed To Death In Russian Village In Homophobic Attack, June 3rd 2013
Vladimir Putin says Russia does not discriminate against gays, April 9th 2013
Russia’s Putin annoyed about gay rights discussion, June 4th 2013