PSA - Russian Olympics and Anti-Gay Legislation
In case you haven’t heard, the Winter Olympics for this year are scheduled to be held in Sochi, Russia.
Russia’s been implementing new anti-gay legislation that bans “gay propoganda” that is accessable to minors. When asked about this propoganda, President Putin has denied the presence of homophobia and instead has justified his actions by citing that homosexual unions do not result in children and are contributing to a population delcine, and therefore must be discouraged.
The UN Human Rights Council has struck down rulings against several protestors who were imprisoned for LGBTQA activism in Russia, saying that the law was too generally worded so that there was no definition of what constitutes a breaking of the law and what doesn’t (meaning that Russian officials could use it to suit whatever agenda they may bave in mind), and that it violated the basic human rights of those imprisoned because of it.
A couple months ago, a law was passed by President Putin that bans any protesting in areas associated with the Olympics. Activists have been jailed for calling out, not for the boycott of the Olympics, but that they be used to garner more international support for the LGBTQA community.
I would also like to point out that the Russian prison system has been compared to torture, and that one case in particular has been brought to the UN Human Rights Council in which an inmate was denied basic human necessities such as the use of a toilet and shower, because of his homosexuality.
Coca-Cola is a major sponsor of the Russian Olympics, and as such is in a position to speak out against these laws. They could claim that the laws have nothing to do with their steak in the Olympics, however because they limit human rights so much these laws can also be seen as harmful to the peaceful, happy, fun image that Coca-Cola uses to represent themselves.
If they speak out against it as a major corporation that is funding the Olympics, Russia might listen. And if they speak out, others that are supporting the Olympics may as well. Obviously, it will not magically solve the sentiment that has led to the laws or convince Putin to all together repeal them, but it might at least force him to realize the repercussions of them and consider the damage they could cause.
There is currently a petition here to send to the CEO of Coke as they are deciding whether or not they, as a company, should speak out against the anti-gay legislation. This petition needs all the support it can get, so I encourage anyone who can to participate in it. It will literally take five seconds of your time.
Again, the petition is here to urge Coca-Cola to speak out against Russia’s anti-gay legislation.