Russia claims it needs its anti-“gay propaganda” law to protect children, but actually the law “directly harms them through denying them access to essential information and creating a stigma against LGBT children and LGBT family members,” Human Rights Watch says in a new report.
Pride Amsterdam organizers are making plans for a July 29 march in support of activists and other people at risk in the 76+ countries with anti-LGBTI laws. This blog is helping with fact-checking and other information.
After Ramadan ended on June 24, Chechnya again started arresting its LGBT citizens, says Igor Kochetkov of the Russia LGBT Network. About 100 sexual minorities were reportedly arrested in the spring crackdown, and apparently another 10 have been detained since mid-June.
Europe’s top human rights court ruled today that the Russian law banning “gay propaganda” violates human rights agreements against discrimination and limits on free speech.
A multitude of demonstrations around the world are seeking an end to the anti-LGBT repression in Chechnya.
The names of 26 Chechen victims of extrajudicial killings so far in 2017 have been delivered to Russian officials conducting a preliminary investigation of human rights abuses in Chechnya, where more than 100 allegedly LGBT people were reportedly arrested, the Moscow-based Novaya Gazeta newspaper reported today.
Police in St. Petersburg, Russia, gave LGBT demonstrators a pleasant surprise: In contrast to previous years’ harassment, police on May 17 protected 300 LGBT people and allies at a rally celebrating the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.
Russia is ramping up its opposition to LGBTI advocates seeking an end to human rights abuses in Chechnya. It has arrested protesters in Moscow and issued a formal statement denying that 100 gay Chechens were arrested and tortured in secret detention sites.
Pressure has increased to put an end to a campaign of anti-gay repression, so far with no signs of progress.
While anti-LGBT violence rages in Chechnya, a deafening silence is the response of people who claim that, while they value LGBT lives, they need to defend traditional family values by opposing LGBT rights. But if they don’t speak up now, it will be obvious that they don’t really believe gay men deserve the right …