LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

January 2019

January 2019: A new wave of persecutions in Chechnya, ECHR's new judgment on LGR, and much more... 

 

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No. 280. January 2019. In this issue...

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Chechnya

Asylum

Diversity

Equality and non-discrimination

Hate crime

Legal gender recognition

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ILGA-Europe

ILGA-Europe received a Brussels Ambassador Award

ILGA-Europe were honoured to receive a Brussels Ambassador Award for our Annual Conference #IEBrussels2018. Thank you to visit.brussels for supporting and recognising the conference, which brought hundreds of LGBTI activists from across Europe and beyond to Brussels.
 

Last days to apply for Communications Director post

ILGA-Europe are looking for a dynamic person with strategic vision to lead our communications work at a time when Europe is at a cross-road. We have more than ever a need to develop strong narratives on equality and to articulate a compelling vision of inclusive and diverse societies. By joining ILGA-Europe, you’ll have a unique opportunity to lead on developing a strong narrative to set a progressive agenda for the next five years at European level.
Read more and apply before 4 February.
 

Wrecking Ball 2.0: Oxford students party for LGBTI rights

Students at Kellogg College, Oxford University have announced the second edition of Wrecking Ball, a queer party to raise funds for ILGA-Europe. Supporters in Oxford, join in the fun for a good cause on 23 February.
Read more about the event.
 

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Chechnya

A new wave of persecutions against LGBT people

One and a half years after news first broke about persecution, imprisonment and torture of (perceived) LGBT people in Chechnya, the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta published an article on Friday, January 11, reporting that a new wave of attacks on the LGBT community in Chechnya has begun, and confirming that the situation is one of prolonged crisis and lawlessness.
Read more about the news and statements. 
 

Asylum

New: ‘SOGIESC asylum mailing list’

Do you work on LGBTI asylum issues? Join our new mailing list, and share it with others. It is a space for NGOs, legal specialists, practitioners, academics and scholars to come together to strategise, share and connect around SOGIESC issues in the context of asylum in Europe. Be sure to carefully read the membership policy before registering. The list was developed in cooperation with TGEU, COC Nederland, Kaleidoscope Trust, LGBT Asylum Denmark, RFSL and UKLGIG.
Join the mailing list.

Diversity

COC’s LGBTI Award for Kevin Jennings

 


Equality and non-discrimination

Commissioner for Human Rights published a new report on Armenia

GENDERDOC-M concerned about the new President of the PACE Commission


Family

Landmark judgment from the Constitutional Court in Lithuania

The Constitutional Court in Lithuania delivered a landmark judgment concerning residence permit for the same-sex spouse of a Lithuanian citizen. The Court affirmed that Lithuanian Constitution protects family life of same-sex couples, and that it safeguards against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. ILGA-Europe hopes that this will bring about broader legislative changes and provide for recognition and protection of same-sex unions in Lithuania in the near future.

Hate crime

A bisexual man from Kyrgyzstan forced to leave the country after homophobic attacks

A word “gay” was carved on a bisexual man’s body as he was attacked by a homophobic group in Kyrgyzstan. According to PinkNews, it was the second attack the man had suffered after he had filed a formal complaint about the first attack in November 2018. Allegedly the police orchestrated the second attack to teach the victim a lesson that LGBTI people shall not dare file complaints to the police. The victim had to flee the country as it was evident to him that he could not rely on state protection in Kyrgyzstan for LGBTI people.
 

Legal gender recognition

ECHR rules in favour of a trans applicant in FYR Macedonia in LGR case

In a new judgment on 17 January, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decided in favour of a Macedonian trans man applicant and found the violation of his right to respect for private and family life due to the absence of legislative framework and effective remedy for legal gender recognition. ILGA-Europe had intervened as a third party in this case together with Transgender Europe (TGEU), Trans Network Balkan, and Subversive Front.
Read more about the ECHR's judgment.
Macedonia sits on the 41st place out of 49 European countries on our Rainbow Index.

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ILGA World has a new logo representing 6 regions of LGBTI equality

ILGA World launched their new visual style which keeps the globe but brings in six shapes in six colours of the rainbow, placing them in the six regions of ILGA. The new logo and visual identity are being launched amidst the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of ILGA, which will culminate during the 2019 World Conference in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Read more about ILGA World’s new visual ID and their 40th anniversary.
 

Funding opportunity: ‘Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme 2014-2020’

European Commission has new funding opportunities under their programme ‘Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme 2014-2020’ which includes one of the objectives as “combating racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance”. The eligible countries for application are all EU Member States, Iceland (all specific objectives) and Liechtenstein (only for non–discrimination, racism, xenophobia, rights of persons with disabilities and equality between women and men).
Read more about the funding.

Workshop on anti-racism messages in the EU elections

Each One Teach One (EOTO), the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), the European Parliament Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup (ARDI), and the European Network for People of African Descent (ENPAD) will organise a 3-day programme for anti-racist activists working to combat racist narratives in the European Parliament elections. The workshop will be between 18-21 March in Brussels and for those selected, travel and accommodation expenses will be covered.
Read more and apply before 4 February.