Oct 12, 2007
Quickie Link: Latvian 'Human Rights' Top Politician Is a Bigott
(Latvia) - Never let it be said that the movers and shakers in the Council of Europe (CoE) lack guts. This week, Andreas Gross, rapporteur of the Judicial and Human Rights Committee of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), was in Latvia and invited the Latvian Parliamentary Social Affairs and Human Rights Committee to lunch. Well, not quite all of the committee. Excluded was chairperson Janis Smits, whose homophobic outbursts are legendary. Parliamentarian Smits closely allies himself with Alexey Ledyaev who heads the worldwide New Generation Church, a particularly homophobic so-called “Christian” church with its world headquarters in Riga.