LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

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For Russian LGBTI groups, along with the rest of the civil society in the country, 2021 started with the arrival of new barriers to their work.

27 January 2021

Every 27th of January, the world pays tribute to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and reaffirms the unwavering commitment to counter antisemitism, antigypsyism, racism, and other forms of intolerance that may lead to group-targeted violence.

27 January 2021

Watch this series of short campaign videos created by LGBTI activists on 29 January.

25 January 2021

Romania has been found to be in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights because its authorities present transgender people with an impossible dilemma.

19 January 2021

A judgement issued today by the European Court of Human Rights finds that the response of Croatian authorities to a hate crime against a lesbian woman was “particularly destructive of fundamental human rights”.  

14 January 2021

We are are looking for inputs to a short submission on the specific needs and struggles of LBTI women in sports.

13 January 2021

After a first postponement in November, the trial against Elżbieta, Anna and Joanna will take place on January 13.

12 January 2021

Reacting to the Hungarian parliament’s decision to adopt a law that will strip non-married couples of the right to adoption and two constitutional amendments which further restrict the rights of LGBTQ people, leading human rights organisations have come together to condemn the decision.

15 December 2020

Today in Turkey, at a hearing against 19 human rights defenders facing charges for “participating in an unlawful assembly” and “failing to disperse despite being warned”, the courts have decided to postpone the trial until 30 April 2021. The accused, 18 students and one academic, were arrested at a peaceful LGBTI Pride march at Turkey’s Middle East Technical University (METU) on 10 May 2019. If found guilty, they could face up to three years in prison.

10 December 2020
Protests after METU Pride 2019. Credit: ODTÜ LGBTİ+ Dayanışması

Turkey must uphold its domestic and international commitments, and dismiss all charges against 19 human rights defenders, prosecuted for their participation in a peaceful Pride march at Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara in May 2019, says Europe’s largest LGBTI rights umbrella organisation, ILGA-Europe.

7 December 2020

The only just outcome is their wholesale acquittal at their next hearing on 10 December.

7 December 2020

Yesterday, in the case of B. and C. v Switzerland, for the first time the European Court of Human Rights found that deportation of the applicant, a gay man, would give rise to a violation of Article 3.

18 November 2020
Young people wearing EU and LGBTI flags

The publication today of a five-year EU LGBTIQ Equality Strategy marks a qualitative shift from the European Commission towards playing its full role to defend and protect LGBTI rights in times of real backlash, says Europe’s largest LGBTI umbrella organisation, ILGA-Europe.

12 November 2020
Hungary flag

Today, Tuesday 10th November 2020 the Justice Committee of the Hungarian Parliament tabled a bill that would abolish the Equal Treatment Authority (ETA), Hungary's most important equality body set up in 2005. 

10 November 2020

NGOs call to drop unfounded charges for peaceful activism.

2 November 2020
© European Union 2020 - Source : EP

Following her State of the European Union speech, we wrote a letter to President von der Leyen. 

15 October 2020

On the 30th of August, Odesa Pride tried to hold a peaceful gathering on one of the central streets of Odesa, Ukraine.

11 September 2020
LGBTI flag

Young LGBTIQ people are experiencing homeless every day, often rejected by parents, families and society because of their sexuality or gender identities.

17 August 2020
Poland, 7 August 2020

After nearly 2 years of mounting pressure, things came to a boiling point yesterday, August 7, in Warsaw. 

8 August 2020