Amnesty International blast Kalvitis

  • 2005-07-28
Kalvitis and radical nationalist Leopolds Ozolins, an MP, about the recent gay parade in Riga could encourage intolerance and hatred.

"Amnesty International fears such comments from the authorities may encourage a climate of intolerance and hatred, and that they may incite verbal and physical attacks against gay and lesbian persons, such as those that took place on 23 July 2005 during the Gay Pride march," the organization said in a statement.

"In light of the initial ban on the march, Amnesty International would like to remind the Latvian government of Latvia's international obligations, under international human rights law and standards," reads the statement.