In March, “Coming Out” LGBT group submitted and presented information on violations of LBT women and LGBT people of St. Petersburg, Russia, for the preliminary session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and the main session of the UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC). The information was presented as part of a wider coalition work of Russian human rights NGOs. The two committees directed their attention to the status of the LGBT community in the Russian Federation. Among others matters, the country has been officially asked about the discharge of a lesbian teacher in St. Petersburg in the late 2014.
The UN Committee on Human Rights
On March 16-17 at the 113th session of the UN Committee on Human Rights in Geneva, the Russian Federation submitted its seventh periodic report on the implementation of the its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Additionally, many questions concerning the status of the LGBT community were addressed to Russia, and, in particular, the issue of hate crimes and the fact that LGBT are not recognized as a protected social group. The so-called “gay propaganda” law and its consequences were also not left without attention. 
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
The Committee dedicated a separate set of questions to the status of the LBTI in Russia, requesting information about the discharges of teachers on account of their sexual orientation, as well as on measures taken to protect lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex women/individuals from discrimination and violence, including homophobic and transphobic attacks.
“We believe it very important that Russia was addressed with concrete questions, such as the lack of qualification of LGBT as a protected “social group” (Article 63 of the Criminal Code of RF), and the dismissal of a teacher for being a lesbian,” says Kseniya Kirichenko, “Coming Out”s international advocacy coordinator. “This is also the first time Russia had prior concluding comments on the status of LGBT people to address.”
The UNHRC’s closing remarks and recommendations on Russia’s report will be published on the United Nations website at the beginning of April. The CEDAW main session will be held in the fall of 2015.