LGBTQI People and Human Rights

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex community faces discrimination, oppression and violence around the world. This is despite protections under international human rights treaties such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. There are many regional and national legal frameworks that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, but unfortunately there are also states that still criminalise LGBTQI individuals. At the European level there are legal instruments such as the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and bodies working on this issue including the European Parliament’s LGBTI Intergroup. It is a struggle worldwide to ensure equality for people who do not conform to norms around gender and sexuality, and even with comprehensive legal frameworks there are often issues around implementation. HRWF advocates for the rights of all LGBTQI individuals to live free from persecution and ill-treatment based on their gender identity, sexual orientation or sex characteristics.

SERBIA: Serbian police ban EuroPride march, citing security concerns

Serbian police ban EuroPride march, citing security concerns By Dusan Stojanovic   AP News (13.09.2022) - https://bit.ly/3xrTLeM - Serbia’s police on Tuesday banned a Pride march planned amid pan-European LGBTQ events being held this week in Belgrade, citing a...

RUSSIA: Fines for LGBT propaganda to be from 50,000 to 200,000 rubles

Fines for LGBT propaganda to be from 50,000 to 200,000 rubles Interfax (31.08.2022) - https://bit.ly/3B82TGL - Fines for the propaganda of non-traditional relations will be from 50,000 rubles to 200,000 rubles for citizens, Russian State Duma Information Policy...

IRAN: Rights groups slam death sentences for LGBTQ activists

Rights groups slam death sentences for LGBTQ activists Iran is considered one of the most repressive places in the world for the LGBTQ community, which faces constant threats, intimidation and widespread social stigma.   By Shirin Shakib   Die Welt...

RUSSIA: LGBT Russians fleeing discrimination and war to South Caucasus

Fleeing war and discrimination, LGBT Russians find refuge in South Caucasus By Anastasia Tenisheva   The Moscow Times (01.08.2022) - https://bit.ly/3AvfCUz - When tens of thousands of Russians fled the country this spring following the Kremlin’s invasion of...

RUSSIA: Intensification of the offensive against LGBTQI people

Offensive against LGBTQI people, new areas of censorship and criminalization HRWF (23.07.2022) – Russian lawmakers have proposed extending a ban on the promotion of “non-traditional” sexual relationships among minors to now include adults as well, a senior legislator...

IRAN: Man executed on ‘Sodomy’ charges in Rajaei Shahr Prison

Man executed on 'Sodomy' charges in Rajaei Shahr Prison Iranwire (08.07.2022) - https://bit.ly/3Rli1rC - On June 29, Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reported that 10 convicts had been executed at Rajaei Shahr Prison in Karaj near Tehran. Of these 10, one...

RUSSIA: Draft bill proposes a sharp increase of fines against LGBTQI people

Draft bill proposes a sharp increase of fines against LGBTQI people Draft bill stipulating fines up to 10 mln rubles for propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations submitted to State Duma Interfax (07.06.2022) - https://bit.ly/3xv7oud - A bill introducing...

WORLD: Int’l Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, 17 May 2022

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, 17 May 2022 Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union EU Council (17.05.2022) - https://bit.ly/3MlgL4T  - On the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia...

HUNGARY: What do LGBTQ people think about Hungary’s controversial referendum?

What do LGBTQ people think about Hungary's controversial referendum?   By Ádám Magyar   Euronews (03/04/2022) - https://bit.ly/3J0Gwol - Hungary is holding a controversial referendum on LGBTQ rights on Sunday (3 April), at the same time as a parliamentary...

RUSSIA : Pro-Putin Chechen general who led ‘gay purge’ killed in Ukraine

Pro-Putin Chechen general who led 'gay purge' killed in Ukraine Chechen general Magomed Tushayev was killed on Saturday, and was responsible for for torturing and murdering LGBTQ+ individuals. By Benjamin Weinthal The Jerusalem Post (01.03.2022) -...

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ILGA World (the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) promotes the human rights of LGBTI people around the world.

OII Europe (Organisation Intersex International Europe) is an umbrella organisation that advocates for the human rights of intersex individuals.

RainbowHouse is a bar and information centre for the LGBTQI community, as well as a space for collaboration and events with over 50 LGBTQI organisations in Brussels.

Transgender Europe (TGEU) combats discrimination against trans people and has 112 member organisations in Europe and Central Asia.

 

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