LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

December 2018

Take a look at back on 2018 with Year in Review video, job vacancy for Communications Director, and much more...

 

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No. 279. December 2018. In this issue...

ILGA-Europe

Equality and non-discrimination

Health

Hate crime

Hate speech

Freedom from torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment

Freedom of Expression

Legal gender recognition

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ILGA-Europe

Take a look back on 2018 in our Year in Review video clip

Populism, political complacency, rollback on democracy. But also resilience, solidarity and mobilisation. As we look ahead to our work in 2019, we ask our supporters to consider a regular donation to strengthen our work and help us provide ongoing support to LGBTI activists.
Set up a regular donation today and be part of the European LGBTI movement in 2019.
 

Unique opportunity to join ILGA-Europe: Job vacancy for Communications Director

ILGA-Europe needs 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.
Deadline for applications is 4 February 2019. Read more here.
 

Save the date: The Annual Conference to take place from 23-26 October 2019

The 23rd ILGA-Europe Annual Conference will take place in Prague, Czech Republic from 23-26 October 2019. It will be organised in close cooperation with two local host organisations: Proud and Prague Pride.
Stay tuned for more information about the conference.

 


Equality and non-discrimination

Joint paper from 19 Member States for an EU LGBTI strategy

On 6 December, 19 EU member states signed a common paper prepared by the Maltese government, calling for continued efforts within the EU to ensure full protection of LGBTI rights. The same day afternoon in the EPSCO Council debate, the signatory member states showed an immediate commitment to ensure that the EU lives up to obligations to protect LGBTI rights, refusing to accept to adopt Council Conclusions regarding “gender equality, youth and digitalization”, from which the Austrian Presidency had deleted a reference to LGBTIQ people on the request of Poland and Hungary.
Read more from our media release.

 


Health

Words matter: What do you say when you talk about mental health?

When it comes to mental health and mental ill health, the words we use matter more than we think. The way we talk about mental health and people experiencing mental distress can reinforce negative stereotypes and be stigmatising, without us even realising it. For this reason, Mental Health Europe shared two-page infographics on language and mental health, which looks at the way we talk about mental health
Have a look at the infographics.

Hate crime

“You don’t have to be afraid. It’s just love.”

 


Hate speech

Homophobic leaflets against the Baltic Pride distributed in Lithuania


Freedom from torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment

New practical guide on the protection of LGBTI persons deprived of liberty

The Association for the Prevention of Torture launched its new guide aiming to strengthen the protection of LGBTI persons in detention settings. "Towards the effective protection of LGBTI persons deprived of liberty: a monitoring guide" offers practical guidance on how to account for sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics in a torture prevention framework.

Freedom of Expression

Russia ‘gay propaganda law’ endangers children

Russia’s “gay propaganda” law is having a negative impact on LGBT youth, Human Rights Watch said in a report released this month. The 2013 law exacerbated the hostility LGBT people in Russia have long suffered, and also stifled access to LGBT-inclusive education and support services, with harmful consequences for children.
Read the report in English and Russian.
Visit the Rainbow Europe module for more information on Russia’s LGBTI law and policy.

Legal gender recognition

Two success stories of name change for trans people in Armenia

Two trans people in Armenia successfully changed their legal names on their identity cards without a psychological conclusion of being transgender. Right SIDE NGO announced this good example on 10 December. The development represents the elimination of another barrier in obtaining the legal name change. Previously the Civil Acts Registration Office in Armenia requested such a supporting document in order to allow the name change, and until 2017 there was an additional requirement for 3 witnesses to support the applicant. ILGA-Europe and the local organisations will monitor if the same facilitation will be applied uniformly for other trans solicitors of name change.

 


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RFSL Rainbow Advocacy Program 2019

RFSL - the Swedish Federation for LGBTQ Rights has announced the call for applications for the Rainbow Advocacy Program (RAP) 2019. RAP is a 13-month-long training and mentoring program for LGBTIQ+ activists from the Global South and East to learn, network, collaborate and gain hands-on experience in UN advocacy. LGBTIQ+ activists who have basic knowledge about international human rights mechanisms, have 1-3 years of advocacy experience, and belong to an LGBTIQ organization are the primary target groups for this program. The deadline to apply is 15 January 2019, 23:59 Central European Time.
Read more about the Rainbow Advocacy Program.
 

Stonewall has two vacancies

Stonewall are looking for International Campaigns and Policy Manager and International Campaigns and Policy Officer who will focus on Sustainable Development Goals linked to advancing LGBT+ inclusion and socio-economic rights. They will liaise with key national, regional and international humanitarian and development organisations and engage them on LGBT+ related policy. Deadline for applications is 4 January 2019.
Read more and apply.