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  • Human Rights

    The human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people are violated every day, in ways ranging from discrimination and violation of the right to form a family to torture and execution. While international law recognizes the human rights, freedom, and equality of every human being, many countries and leaders claim that LGBTI people do not qualify for basic human rights. Laws criminalizing consensual sex between adults of the same sex exist on six continents, and discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and intersex status is legal in most countries. The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights launched an initiative in 2013 called Free & Equal, a global education campaign working to destigmatize LGBTI people and promote respect.

ADDED ON: 01/22/2019

Beijing LGBT Center Celebrates 10 Years of Inclusivity

With the end of January 2019 fast approaching, and with it, Chinese New Year just around the corner, it's time again to look back and remember personal achievements over the past 12 months as…

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ADDED ON: 01/22/2019

Activists say they are helping people flee new anti-gay purge in Chechnya

LGBT activists say they have begun helping people flee from the Russian republic of Chechnya amid what they claim is a new wave of detentions and torture targeting the gay community there. The LGBT Network, a…

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ADDED ON: 01/21/2019

To what Extent are Human Rights respected in Bosnia and Herzegovina?

There was little visible progress on human rights during 2018. Authorities failed yet again to end structural and political discrimination against Jews, Roma, and other minorities. There was limited progress towards accountability…

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ADDED ON: 01/21/2019

Russia website calls for ‘gay hunters’ to attack LGBTIs across the country

A website that gamified hunting gay men in Russia has been reactivated and is now calling for ‘gay hunters’ in several regions. In April 2018, Saw-inspired website пила (Russian for ‘saw’) came under fire as it…

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ADDED ON: 01/21/2019

Dillian gets humanitarian protection

“I feel vin­di­cat­ed.” That was the re­ac­tion of Dil­lian John­son in an emailed re­sponse mo­ments af­ter he was told that he had been grant­ed hu­man­i­tar­i­an pro­tec­tion by the Unit­ed King­dom Home Of­fice…

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ADDED ON: 01/21/2019

Court Decisions on LGBT Rights Echo ‘A Wild Wish’

More than two centuries ago Mary Wollstonecraft laid the foundations for feminist thought with a simple premise: lack of equal opportunity diminished individual self-worth and hobbled social progress. In A Vindication of the…

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ADDED ON: 01/20/2019

Three billboards outside Nanjing: Chinese artist takes aim at gay ‘conversion therapy’

On a hazy day this week, a convoy of three white trucks is making its way through the streets of Nanjing, in eastern China. They are covered in huge red banners with…

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ADDED ON: 01/20/2019

Activists: Chechen Authorities Order Families to Kill LGBT Family Members

Russian campaigners have told The Daily Beast that Chechen authorities have ordered people to kill LGBT members of their own families, and have demanded ransoms for the release of detained LGBT relatives. According to reports, at least…

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ADDED ON: 01/19/2019

Vigilante Raid on Indonesian HIV Group

This week a militant Islamist group in Indonesia raided the offices of an HIV prevention organization on suspicion that the group had been conducting “LGBT activities.” The Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) was joined…

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ADDED ON: 01/19/2019

Using queer cartoons to promote LGBT+ rights in Bangladesh

In April 2016, the police found the bodies of Xulhaz Mannan and Tonoy Mahbub, two prominent LGBT+ rights activists, in an apartment in Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital. This week, police arrested one…

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ADDED ON: 01/18/2019

Kyrgyzstan man has ‘gay’ carved into stomach in homophobic attack

A bisexual man from Kyrgyzstan was forced to leave the country after suffering two homophobic attacks within the same month. The man, who is in his 20s, said the attacks took place…

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ADDED ON: 01/18/2019

Everyone in Armenia has the right to protection: MP on LGBT rights

Everyone, including sexual minorities, have rights, and if they turn to the relevant Commission, we will discuss any issue, member of the Prosperous Armenia Party, candidate for the chair of the standing…

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