Russia slams UK gay host families

2012-07-18 14:01

Moscow - The Russian Consulate in London issued a statement warning parents of poor conditions at some British language schools and specifying that some were placing students in gay families.

In a statement published only in Russian on its website on Tuesday, the consulate said parents had complained over poor living conditions and said there were "cases of children being housed with the families of homosexuals".

It also said that language students "experienced rude treatment in host families and some were refused food".

The consulate warned Russian parents to "pay special attention" when choosing language schools through local agents.

It also posted the warning on its Russian-language Twitter account late on Tuesday.

Russia at a G8 foreign ministers' meeting in Washington in April refused to sign up to a statement reaffirming the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and condemning discrimination.

It argued these groups were not "separate rights holders under international human rights law".

  • patrick.buckley.712 - 2012-07-18 15:11

    Can put up with no food and dirty conditions, but homo's!!!! That's just a step too far. Where do these Russians come from..........Northern Siberia?

  • tommo.too - 2012-07-18 15:50

    Id love my kids to stay with a gay family. No problems. But a dirty house and no food not good. Think also that this is å primitive statement from Russia which lags far behind . The country knows nothing of human rights..

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-18 16:01

      There is a need for a recognition that cultures do exist in different states of development and in different environments, and therefore what can be considered "moral" or someone's right in one jurisdiction, can't in another.

      tommo.too - 2012-07-18 18:24

      You have a point there with out a doubt. But are there not some absolute human rights irrespective of which country you live or morals you adhere to?

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-18 18:31

      Ultimately, that question itself boils down to - can we determine a universal morality, telling us without question what is a good thing, and what is a bad thing? I don't think we ever can.

  • peterjohnjnb - 2012-07-20 10:12

    I don't think that you can look at human rights through the prism of "good" or "bad" - but rather, what is "just" or not so. Homosexuality exists in ALL sphere's of human culture, tribes, nations, religions. Homosexuals can be found in every single piece of recorded history. It matters not that some people find it "right" or "wrong", "good" or "bad" - what matters is that gay men and women are afforded the same level of courtesy and respect that ever other human being is. To single out sexuality as a qualifying/disqualifying criteria for human rights is like saying that only heterosexuals are at heart moral and decent human beings.

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