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LGBTI Rights in Belarus


ADDED ON: 03/09/2021

From Kyiv To Almaty, Marches For Rights On International Women’s Day

Women have marched across Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans, and Central Asia demanding governments do more to respect their rights as the world marks International Women's Day. Thousands of activists in Kyiv…

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ADDED ON: 11/11/2020

The rainbow colours flying together with the white-red-white flags. The Belarusian LGBT community at protests.

The unprecedented wave of mass social protests currently sweeping Belarus remains one of the most popular topics in global and European media. Occurring directly as a result of the disputed presidential elections…

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ADDED ON: 09/04/2020

Barbarism and disinformation: The authoritarian response to peaceful dissent

The presidential election in Belarus on 9 August was conducted the way many previous elections were conducted: opposition candidates were harassed and hounded out of the country; peaceful protesters, activists, journalists, and…

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Nasta Mantsevich – Makeout, Belarus

Nasta Mantsevich is a Belarusian activist involved with the LGBTI group Makeout. Nasta tells about their transformation from feeling invisible as a queer person to making queerness visible through online and in-person…

ADDED ON: 08/18/2020

Belarus’ marginalised queer community ‘will still face hatred and violence after Lukashenko’s regime is over’, activist warns

A queer activist in Belarus has warned that even if efforts to remove despot Alexander Lukashenko prevail, the country’s LGBT+ community faces a long road to liberation. Belarus has been gripped by…

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ADDED ON: 08/16/2020

Small Lithuania has outsized role as EU faces Belarus crisis

Lithuania is relatively small by European Union measures, but it is playing an outsized role as protesters in neighboring Belarus face a brutal law enforcement crackdown following a presidential election they say…

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ADDED ON: 07/11/2020

UN Rights Expert Describes ‘Dire’ Situation In Belarus Ahead Of Presidential Vote

The UN special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus says the country's "already dire" human rights situation has deteriorated further over the last year, amid a widening crackdown on civil…

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ADDED ON: 04/16/2020

Amnesty Slams ‘Offensive’ Against Human Rights In Eastern Europe, Central Asia

Many governments across Eastern Europe and Central Asia have pursued an "extensive offensive" against human rights, deploying draconian tactics and tools of the state to suppress protests, freedom of expression, and civil…

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ADDED ON: 03/29/2020

Supporting PrEP in eastern Europe and central Asia

ECOM – Eurasian Coalition on Health, Rights, Gender and Sexual Diversity – recently published a report on access to PrEP (regular medication to prevent HIV infection) in Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and…

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ADDED ON: 02/17/2019

Ten Exiled LGBTQ Activists Speak

“We want to give a voice to those, who are not heard, whose voice has been taken,” Ali Feruz says. “Because the story of every human is at the same time the…

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ADDED ON: 12/14/2018

Belarus: Theatre students arrested, fined for LGBT artistic stunt

Three of Belarus Free Theatre’s ‘Studio Fortinbras’ students were arrested and fined for “holding an unauthorised mass event” when they dressed as police officers with rainbow epaulettes for a public performance addressing…

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ADDED ON: 07/18/2018

Belarusian Fine for Gay Activist’s Photos Hits ‘Absurd New Low,’ Amnesty Says

A Belarusian court has found a gay activist who posed for a photo holding a poster guilty of violating public assembly laws in what Amnesty International has called an “absurd new low…

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