The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Russia’s “gay propaganda “ law is discriminatory and encourages homophobia.

The Strasbourg court reached the decision that Russian authorities had discriminated against three gay rights activists who opposed the “gay propaganda” law.

The three judges concluded that the legislation “reinforced stigma and prejudice.”

The law was adopted in 2013 and banned the promotion of homosexuality to those under 18.

The European Court of Human Rights rejected Russia’s claims that the law protected morality.

The three activists were found guilty for protesting against the legislation outside a secondary school a children’s libary and a government building in St Petersburg.