LGBTI

LGBTI rights threatened as civic space shrinks in Tanzania

LGBTI organisations were publically vilified and threatened with prohibition as fears spread among the LGBT community that harsh legal provisions codifying gay sex as a criminal offence could be used against their organisations. Read more

LGBTI rights threatened as civic space shrinks in Tanzania

LGBTI activists, protestors and journalists targeted in Uganda

In August, LGBTI Pride celebrations were postponed as police shut down a beauty pageant and arrested several activists. Read more

LGBTI activists, protestors and journalists targeted in Uganda

LGBTI activist murdered as crackdown intensifies in Turkey

The brutal rape and murder of iconic LGBTI activist, Hande Kader on 8th August prompted a mass mobilisation in Istanbul. Hundreds took to the streets to protest peacefully against the treatment of LGBTI people in Turkey. Read more

LGBTI activist murdered as crackdown intensifies in Turkey

Russia continues to target foreign and domestic organisations

Several foreign CSOs were designated "undesirable" and Russian groups were banned from working with them, while a leading independent polling agency was declared a foreign agent. Read more

Russia continues to target foreign and domestic organisations

Authorities tighten surveillance of CSOs in the wake of terror attacks

Freedom of expression and media freedom are under major threat in Bangladesh. According to rights group Ain o Salish Kendra 74 journalists were allegedly subjected to torture in Bangladesh in the first six months of 2016. Read more

Authorities tighten surveillance of CSOs in the wake of terror attacks

Over 1,000 associations disbanded and hundreds of media outlets closed after coup attempt

On 21st July, in the aftermath of the attempted coup, the National Parliament declared a 3-month state of emergency, giving the Presidential cabinet powers to bypass parliament and enact new laws which restrict or suspend basic rights and freedoms, including the freedom of association. Read more

Over 1,000 associations disbanded and hundreds of media outlets closed after coup attempt

8 Human Rights Defenders Languish In Moroccan Jail

On 15th August, 8 prominent Moroccan human rights defenders were sentenced to jail terms of between 4 months and 1 year for their part in a peaceful protest in Sidi Ifini. Read more

8 Human Rights Defenders Languish In Moroccan Jail

Court decision in Belize a victory for LGBT rights defender Caleb Orozco

A recent decision by the Supreme Court of Belize ruled that criminalising consensual sexual relations between adults of the same sex is unconstitutional. This decision came after a long legal battle by LGBT rights defender Caleb Orozco . Read more

Court decision in Belize a victory for LGBT rights defender Caleb Orozco

LGBTI Defender Repeteadly Attacked In Tunisia

LGBTI rights defender Mr. Bouhdid Belhedi was repeatedly physically assaulted as a result of his work advocating for the LGBTI community. Read more

LGBTI Defender Repeteadly Attacked In Tunisia

Protests Continue Across Macedonia

Negotiations between political parties have been taking place meaning that the ferocity of protests has calmed somewhat since the last reporting period. Despite this, several recent protests have turned violent as protesters continued to clash with police leading to the threat of water cannons to quell demonstrations. Read more