Latvia: International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission Objects to Ban on 2006 Riga Pride March

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) objects to the July 21st decision by the Administrative court of Riga to uphold the ban on the 2006 Riga Pride March imposed this week by the Riga City Council. This ban is in violation of well-established international human rights obligations guaranteeing the right to the freedom of assembly and expression.

“This is a particularly harsh set-back for the LGBT community in Latvia considering that last year the court sided with pride organizers in allowing the march to proceed,” stated Paula Ettelbrick, Executive Director of IGLHRC.

The city council and other authorities are strongly urged to retract this ban on the parade scheduled for Saturday, July 22nd. IGLHRC wants to remind the authorities of Latvia that active support for the pride parade in Riga is a critical component in upholding the country’s obligation to respect, protect and fulfill the human rights of all citizens of Latvia, including its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens.