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No. 206, November 2012 - in this issue...

ILGA-Europe

Bias motivated speech

Bias motivated violence

Criminalisation

Data collection

Diversity

Education

Equality and non-discrimination

Family

Freedom of expression

Health

Human rights defenders

Legal gender recognition

Public opinion

Notice board


ILGA-Europe

Getting to Zero: ILGA-Europe statement on the occasion of the World AIDS Day

1 December is World AIDS Day. The theme of the Day is Getting to Zero: zero HIV infections, zero AIDS related deaths, zero barriers in accessing treatment and services, zero discrimination and zero prejudice towards people living with HIV.

Bias motivated speech

Moldovan court prosecutes website over black list

A Court in Moldova has ruled that a website has violated the right to private life and abetted hatred after it published a “black list” of public figures who allegedly promote homosexuality.

Bias motivated violence

ILGA-Europe’s statement on the Transgender Day of Remembrance

On the 20 November ILGA-Europe added its voice to the International Transgender Day of Remembrance: "...shocking violation of the fundamental right to life remains a European concern as well and therefore requires a European response."

United Nations: Russia should publicly condemn violence against LGBT people

On Friday 23 November, the United Nation's Committee against Torture published its concluding observations on the consideration of the periodic report of the Russian Federation on the implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. A set of recommendations by the Committee concerned the need to combat hate crimes against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Russia.

Belgian university advises male students not to wear drag 

The Brussels based university HUB sent out the warning after a student that was on his way to an initiation evening dressed as a woman was set upon by a group of youths. They took him to a car park before robbing him of his mobile and gang raping him. Bruno de Lille, State Secretary of the Brussels-Capital Region for Equal Opportunities, condemned the universities action:
"I feel that HUB is sending out completely the wrong signal. By reacting in this way they are at least implying that the rape was the victim’s fault. “He should have known that this is provocative to certain people”, What? And so this justifies someone being attacked of rape? What about transgender men and women then? Should they also “adapt””?

Homphobic violence in central Athens

Several Greek LGBTI organisations and anti-fascist organisations are extremely alarmed at the escalating number and intensity of incidents of homophobic violence being reported in central Athens.

Two new reports from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights on hate crimes

Hate crime is a daily reality throughout the European Union two new reports by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights confirm. Violence and offences motivated by racism, xenophobia, religious intolerance, or by a person’s disability, sexual orientation or gender identity are all examples of hate crime, which harm not only those targeted but also strike at the heart of EU commitments to democracy and the fundamental rights of equality and non-discrimination.
Read more about the two new reports here

OSCE publish its report on hate crimes for 2011

The report 'Hate Crimes in the OSCE Region – Incidents and Responses for 2011' was published earlier this month from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. The section 'Crimes and incidents based on other motivations' include data on hate crimes against LGBT people in 30 different countries.

Call for papers: homophobia, transphobia (legal and academic contributions)

The Italian association "Avvocatura per i Diritti LGBT - Rete Lenford" is calling for papers aiming at submissions of a legal and academic nature relating to homophobic and transphobic hate crimes. The deadline for submissions of abstracts is 30 December 2012. 

Read more about the call here


Criminalisation

ILGA-Europe meets representatives from political parties in Northern Cyprus

During the Cypriot Presidency's Equality Summit ILGA-Europe met with a range of representatives from the Northern part of Cyprus. The aim of the meetings was to discuss the on-going criminalisation of male homosexual conduct and other serious human rights violations of LGBT people which have been documented in a study launched last week.


Data collection

ILGA-Europe applauds the inclusion of gender identity in Eurobarometer 2012

A special edition of the Eurobarometer on Discrimination in the EU in 2012 was released yesterday during the Equality Summit in Cyprus by the European Commission. For the first time gender identity was included in the EU wide major survey.


Diversity

First ever effort to address multiple discrimination suffered by older LGBTI people in Europe

In the framework of the 2012 European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, AGE Platform Europe and ILGA-Europe have decided to focus on the situation of older LGBTI people in Europe. In a joint policy paper, the two NGOs suggest best practices and policy recommendations to help older LGBTI people going through those life stage transitions.


Education

Call for participants: 'TransForming Universities: Inclusion in Higher Education'

The ILGA-Europe member organisation ANSO (Association of Nordic and Pol-Balt Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Student Organizations) is organising a study session called "TransForming Universities: Inclusion in Higher Education", which will be held in the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg, 28 January - 3 February 2013. Deadline for applications: 10 December 2012.


Equality and non-discrimination

Governments condemn extrajudicial executions in seminal UN vote

ILGA-Europe congratulates the coalition of NGOs who worked to make an historic First Condemnation of Killings Based on Gender Identity happen. Read the media release from the coalition here.

Fundamental rights in the EU: civil liberties MEPs address shortcomings

The Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament criticised violations of the basic rights of migrants, LGBT people, women and national minorities, among others, in its annual resolution on fundamental rights in the EU, which was adopted earlier this month. It urges Member States and the Commission to do more to ensure that fundamental rights are fully respected in Europe.


Family

Marriage equality upheld by Spain's highest court

Spain's highest court upheld the country's gender neutral marriage legislation by rejecting an appeal lodged by the ruling People's Party seven years ago and confirming the legality of same-sex unions.

Slovakian parliament fails to pass same-sex partnership proposal

The Slovakian parliament rejected a proposal to introduce same-sex registered partnerships. The draft law contained several measures supporting cohabitation of same-sex couples. Partners would, for example, have been able to learn about each other’s health conditions, represent each other in court, or become one of the first heirs in the case of the other partner’s death. However the draft was backed by only 14 MPs out of 150 MPs.

European Court of Human Rights issues judgment in case from Finland

The European Court of Human Rights issued a judgment in H v Finland (Appl. no. 37359/09). The case concerned a trans woman who was refused to legally change her gender since she did not want to divorce her wife and enter a registered partnership instead.

Success: Invisible Parents - campaign video has reached over 235,000 views

Since the launch on the 5 November, over 220,000 people have seen the campaign video, Invisible Parents. The campaign on the discrimination of same-sex families and their children experience in the EU. ILGA-Europe is a proud partner of the campaign.


Freedom of expression

Russia: human rights groups hail historic decision on homosexual propaganda ban

 

The UN Human Rights Committee made a historic decision in Irina Fedotova v. Russian Federatio, and held that Russia had violated Fedotova’s rights to freedom of expression and to be free from discrimination. 
Read the joint media release by the International Commission of Jurists and ILGA-Europe

Moscow region rejects homophobic bill

The Moscow regional Duma dismissed a bill prohibiting the promotion of homosexuality, saying it was contradictory to Russia’s existing legislation.

Russian State Duma to discuss a nationwide ban of “propaganda of Homosexualism”

The Russian State Duma will consider the first reading of a federal level bill banning so-called “propaganda of homosexualism” on 19 December 2012. 

Protests block LGBT film screening

The Armenian government has been criticised for failing to ensure that a film about LGBT rights could be shown, despite hostility from nationalist groups. The European Union mission in Armenia, together with the German embassy, was hoping to show an award-winning Serbian film called “The Parade” at venues in Yerevan, to raise awareness about human rights.

Health

Tonio Borg endorsed as the new EU Commissioner for Health

The European Parliament endorsed Tonio Borg as the next EU Commissioner for Health on the 21 November 2012.


Human rights defenders

Turkish activist recipient of 2013 David Kato Vision & Voice Award

The 2013 David Kato Vision & Voice Award has been awarded to Ali Erol, founder of Kaos GL. Kaos GL was the first LGBT organisation in Turkey, and at a time when homosexuality was taboo and ‘coming out’ could lead to death threats. The award will be announced at the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s 60th anniversary celebrations in South Africa.


Legal gender recognition

Lithuanian parliament will discuss ban of gender reassignment

The representative of the ‘Homeland Union’ Antanas Matulas, the Deputy Chairman of Committee on Health Affairs, has resubmitted a draft amendment to the Civil Code, prohibiting gender reassignment surgeries, five days after the beginning of the new parliamentary tenure. An identical draft amendment was submitted in 2011, but failed to be adopted. Therefore it could be presumed that the current motion seeks to test the new Parliament’s attitudes towards trans issues.

Public opinion

Italian homophobia study reveals high level of discrimination and prejudice

A new Italian study showed that seventy-three percent of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) population has experienced some form of discrimination or prejudice, predominantly in the academic environment.

Notice board

Funding opportunity for student and professional photographers by Alexia Grants

The Alexia Foundation offers production grants to students and professional photographers to give them the financial ability to produce substantial stories that drive change in the effort to make the world a better place. Students also get scholarship opportunities. Deadlines: The application deadline for the professional grant is 18 January 18 2013 at 17.00 (Eastern time). The deadline for the student grants is 1 February 2013 at 17.00 (Eastern time).

Lithuanian Gay League is looking for a film director

Lithuanian Gay League (LGL) is looking for a film director to shoot a promotional Baltic Pride 2013 video. In order to secure public awareness and to promote participation, the LGL is shooting a promotional Baltic Pride 2013 video. While the conceptual idea of the video is currently under consideration, the main thematic focus is likely to be placed on the principles of non-discrimination, equal opportunities and civic engagement.

Read more about the opportunity here

 


ILGA-Europe Rainbow Digest is published by ILGA-Europe - the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans & Intersex Association

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Editor: Nanna Moe
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