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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

To celebrate Pride season across Europe, Revolut has released a new rainbow card.

3 July 2020

The proposed amendment will make it impossible for trans people between the ages of 18 and 21 and trans people with “behavioural disorders” of all ages to exercise their right to legal gender recognition and other fundamental human rights set out in international human rights treaties ratified by Kazakhstan.

10 June 2020

The repealing of this Law means that in practice, LGBTI people are not efficiently and effectively protected from discrimination.

29 May 2020

TGEU, ILGA-Europe, IGLYO, and OII Europe condemn decision of Hungarian Parliament to follow the government and restrict access to fundamental rights for trans and intersex people.

19 May 2020

There has been little progress in the lived experience of LGBTI people in Europe over the past seven years.

15 May 2020

In response to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán letter dated 5 May 2020, regarding to Article 33 of the proposed Omnibus Bill, 2020.

15 May 2020