LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

February 2019

February 2019: Annual Review launched, new campaign #ComeOut4EU, historic resolutions from the EP, and much more...

 

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No. 281. February 2019. In this issue...

ILGA-Europe

#ComeOut4EU

Asylum

Bodily integrity

Diversity

Equality and non-discrimination

Freedom of assembly

Hate crime and hate speech

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ILGA-Europe

Annual Review 2019: Achievements gained and challenges ahead

From the landmark Coman Case to the ban on LGBTI events in Ankara, ILGA-Europe’s 2019 Annual Review reveals both achievements gained and challenges ahead for the LGBTI movement across the region. The Annual Review’s presentation of the human rights situation of LGBTI people highlights the advancement and stagnation of equality laws and policies, while providing concrete examples of on-the-ground situations in each of the 51 countries and 4 institutions documented.
Read the press release in full.
Read the fact sheets about 51 countries and 4 institutions.
 

New report: ‘Comparing the Priorities of LGBTI Organisations and Funders’

The report ‘Funding for LGBTI Activism in Europe and Central Asia: Comparing the Priorities of LGBTI Organisations and Funders’ launched by ILGA-Europe and the Global Philanthropy Project on 6 February. It shows that the most important strategies identified by activists are poorly funded. These strategies include countering populist and right-wing movements, providing emergency support and supporting LGBTI communities. The new report compares the key findings from ILGA Europe’s 2018 ‘Funding for LGBTI Activism in Europe and Central Asia: Priorities and Access to Resources’ report with GPP’s ‘2015-2016 Global Resources Report: Philanthropic and Government Support for LGBTI Communities’.
Read more.
Call on all funders to step up for their support with the hashtag #FundingForLGBTI.
 

Plan ahead with the Pride Event Calendar

The Pride Event Calendar section of ILGA-Europe website is now linked to the European Pride Organisers Association’s calendar. You can check out important dates for the Pride events in Europe with one click and reach out EPOA to suggest adding your Pride dates into the calendar.
Visit now the Pride calendar.
 

Students raise £1155 for LGBTI rights

Students at the Kellogg College, Oxford University held their annual queer party on Friday, 22 February and raised an amazing £1155 for ILGA-Europe. A huge thank you to everyone involved!
See how you can fundraise for ILGA-Europe to support the LGBTI movement.

#ComeOut4EU

Join our call on MEP candidates to defend human rights of LGBTI people

From 23 – 26 May, the public will vote in Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), who over the next five years will act as the voice of more than 500 million Europeans. ILGA-Europe seek to unite the voices of fellow civil society organisations, activists and the public at large in our call for a Europe that defends all human rights. We are asking MEP candidates to sign our Come Out pledge publicly, committing them to strengthening protection in EU law and policy, ensuring an enabling environment for LGBTI human rights defenders, ensuring EU leadership on LGBTI rights, harnessing the power of their position, and being an ally to under-represented voices.
Get involved with our Come Out campaign using the hashtag #ComeOut4EU 
Visit the campaign website www.ComeOut.eu for more info. 
 

The time for an EU that defends its own values is now

On 14 February, ILGA-Europe formally launched ComeOut - our campaign for the 2019 European elections. MEP candidates from all major EU parties gathered in Strasbourg to mark the occasion as the first to officially sign the Come Out Pledge. “We urgently call on candidates for the European Parliament to step up against the current threatening wave of populism and extremism, and make a commitment to protecting, supporting and empowering the citizens they represent, and their fundamental rights” commented ILGA-Europe’s Executive Director Evelyne Paradis.
Read more about what happened at the launch event.

Asylum

New report says “Dutch asylum policy regarding LGBTIs is still based on stereotypes”

COC Netherlands, the Dutch organisation for LGBTI people, published the English translation of their report ‘Pride or Shame’ that examines the asylum files and court judgments. The report says that in 85% of the rejected cases, the reason was that the stated sexual orientation was not believed. According to COC Netherlands, the focus of asylum policy should be on self-identification instead of relying on stereotypes. After the publication of the Dutch version of the report in June 2018, the State Secretary for Justice and Security issued a new policy and abandoned the stereotypical criteria ‘process of awareness’ and ‘process of self-acceptance’.
Read the report now.

Bodily integrity

A milestone for intersex rights: The European Parliament adopts landmark resolution

 

How to campaign and frame messages for intersex rights?

In December 2018, ILGA-Europe hosted the fifth interactive webinar of the strategic communication series and focused on campaigning and message framing for LGBTI activists and allies working on intersex rights. The recording of the webinar is now available online. We looked into the experience of activists around Europe and put into practice the framing techniques we explored in the previous webinars of the strategic communication series. Organised and moderated by Laura Piazza, Senior Campaign & Programmes Officer at ILGA -Europe, the webinar hosts Audrey Aegerter, Alessandro Comeni, Irene Kuzemko, and Loé Petit.
Watch the recording of the webinar.
Visit our resource centre on strategic communications.

Diversity

Rainbow flag in an art exhibition in Kazakhstan


Equality and non-discrimination

Another historic resolution by the EP about the LGBTI List of Actions

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on 14 February clearly calling for a strong agenda for the protection and furtherment of LGBTI equality and human rights in the next European Commission’s term. The passing of the resolution on the future of the LGBTI List of Actions unites the European Parliament with 19 member states, who in December signed a call initiated by the Maltese government calling for an EU LGBTI strategy for 2019 - 2024.
 

‘United against the backlash’: The event hosted by Malin Björk MEP & Terry Reintke MEP

Malin Björk MEP and Terry Reintke hosted a panel discussion on 26 February at the European Parliament in Brussels to discuss = the network of far-right forces and neo-conservative movements. Neil Datta, Executive Director at the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development, Urszula Kuczyńska, Organiser of the Czarny Protest and Katrin Hugendubel, Advocacy Director at ILGA-Europe were among the speakers.
Watch the recording of the event.

Freedom of assembly

End Ankara Ban on LGBTI Events

The ban on LGBTI events in Ankara, the capital city of Turkey, was originally imposed in November 2017 by the governor for an indefinite period under the state of emergency, but even though emergency rule ended in July 2018, the Ankara governor’s office has not lifted the ban. A new report from Human Rights Watch confirms that the LGBTI ban continues to be upheld and dozens of events have been cancelled since then. ILGA-Europe joins Human Rights Watch by repeating its call to immediately halt the ban and return the enjoyment of fundamental rights and dignity to LGBTI people.
Read the full report from Human Rights Watch.
Watch the video of LGBTI activists speaking about how the ban effects them.
Visit www.rainbow-europe.org for Turkey's country chapter.

Hate crime and hate speech

OSCE are collecting data on hate incidences

Do you have data on hate incidences in your country in 2018? Submit them now to OSCE – The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe by 30 April, to help create a better understanding of the realities LGBTI people live with.

 


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New media network project Unit launches to advance debate about marginalized people in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Unit is a network of journalists and human rights defenders that will work to empower journalists by connecting them to human rights defenders, improving their skill sets, convincing local independent media to work on joint articles, and preparing publications for both a global and local audience. Unit calls on journalists to join the network, and invites readers to join the collaboration. Those interested can become the publication’s members and get involved by, for instance, voting on next topics to investigate, getting early access to publications, and giving feedback for the editors.
Take a look at Unit’s first story set here.
Join Unit in telling the stories of the overlooked.