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No. 208, December 2012 - in this issue...


Bias motivated violence


Equality and non-discrimination


Freedom of expression

Human rights defenders

Legal gender recognition

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Human Rights Day 2012: Voices of LGBTI people should not be silenced

International Human Rights Day 2012 focused on the rights to Freedom of Expression, Opinion, Assembly and Association of all People.

The Second International Intersex Forum concluded

Between 9-11 December 2012, the second International Intersex Forum took place in Stockholm prior the ILGA World Conference. This event brought together 37 activists representing 33 intersex organisations and supportive institutions from all continents.
Read more about the second Intersex Forum here

Bias motivated violence

Trans murder in Turkey worries LGBT organisations

 A trans woman was reported murdered in Istanbul by a man who was claimed to pursue a love affair with her. This latest murder on trans people in Turkey worries LGBT organisations.

Hate crime in Kosovo against LGBT community condemned

Two NGOs in Kosovo, Center for Social Emancipation and Libertas, strongly condemn the attack that occurred Sunday 16 December, on their office - a safe space for the LGBT community in Kosovo.

Spanish LGBT organisations in support for the Greek LGBT community

The Spanish Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals Federation, and Arcópoli University Association, convened at the Greek Embassy in Madrid. The aim was to denounce internationally increasing cases of violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity taking place in the in Greece, which is thought to come from the growth of nazism and extreme right in the country.


Conference: Breaking the Walls of Silence - Addressing Homophobia and Transphobia in Education, 18-23 February 2013

The main aim of the conference is to present and disseminate the results of a two year transnational project Breaking the Walls of Silence and explore current situations and trends in addressing the topic of homophobia in educational settings at a level of EU member states. The conference takes place in Slovenia, and is organised by Informational center Legebitra (Slovenia), Campaign Against Homophobia (Poland) and LGBT Youth Scotland (Scotland). Deadline for applications: 5 January 2013.

Project on education: It Takes All Kinds

The project “It takes all kinds” was coordinated by the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) and is an international cooperation between ten European countries, aimed at eliminating discrimination, homophobia and transphobia in schools throughout EU. ILGA-Europe was the external evaluator on the project. The project started in 2010 and will run until the end of 2012.

Equality and non-discrimination

New report takes stock of fundamental rights in the EU, including LGBT rights

The European Parliament adopted a new comprehensive report on fundamental rights in the EU. The document includes an extensive snapshot of the situation for LGBT people.

Submit information on assisting victims of discrimination

The European Commission is currently preparing a report on the existing EU equal treatment legislation (Directive 2000/78/EC on equal treatment in employment, covering sexual orientation, and Directive 2000/43/EC, the "Racial Equality Directive"). In their communication with NGOs, the Commission particularly mentioned Article 9 of Directive 2000/78/EC, which gives associations and NGOs a legal standing in assisting victims of discrimination. ILGA-Europe members are welcome to submit information on the actual transposition of this article in national law, and on its implementation, in particular in case of potential gaps. ILGA-Europe particularly highlights the relevance of reporting gaps in the area of employment in the education system, and of implementation problems relating to religious ethos issues.

Albanian LGBT organisations dissatisfied with the Anti Discrimination Commissioner

The Alliance against Discrimination and Pro LGBT, two organisations that promote the rights of LGBT people in Albania expressed their deep disappointment for the weak and unprofessional work done by the Commissioner Against Discrimination.

New website of the European Commission on discrimination of LGBT people

The Directorate General of Justice of the European Commission has launched a new website focusing on discrimination of LGBT people. You can find links to relevant EU legal texts and find information on how the European Commission is working on the issue.


Swiss rainbow families one step closer to second parent adoption

On 13 December, the Swiss National Council approved the drafting of a law which will make  second parent adoption available for same-sex families. An upcoming draft bill still has to be considered by the Senate.

UK Government response to the Equal Civil Marriage consultation

The UK government has published its response to the consultation on equal civil marriage conducted earlier this year. The consultation received over 228,000 responses as well as a number of petitions, all of which have been considered in preparing their response.

Major demonstrations for marriage equality in France

On Sunday 16 December, major demonstrations were held in France to support the French government's move to marriage equality - Marriage Pour Tous. ILGA-Europe participated in the demonstration in Paris.

Freedom of expression

Russian LGBT activists on the streets protesting against “propaganda of homosexualism” law

On 19 December, Russian LGBT activists in different cities went on the streets to protest against a new amendment (article 6.13.1) to the Administrative Offences Code of the Russian Federation which creates administrative responsibility for so called “propaganda of homosexualism”. The protests took place despite the fact that the State Duma moved the first reading of draft law at the very last moment to 22 January 2013.

UN: Ban Ki-Moon condemns homophobic laws

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking at a celebration for International Human Rights Day, emphasised that human rights are universal and apply to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people along with everyone else. The event was held on December 11 at the United Nations in New York. The event included statements by two well-known singers, Ricky Martin and Yvonne Chaka-Chaka, and human rights defenders from all over the world with Olena Shevchenko from the Ukrainian LGBT organisation, Insight.

Freedom of expression should not depend on sexual orientation, says PACE Rapporteur

“The Russian Parliament should remove the consideration of a draft bill prohibiting the promotion of homosexuality among minors from its order of business,” said Håkon Haugli (Norway, SOC), Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) Rapporteur on Tackling discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Protest in front of the Russian Mission to the EU

On 18 December, ILGA-Europe organised a silent solidarity protest in front of the Russian Mission to the EU. Representatives from IGLYO, Amnesty International EU Office, çavaria and individual supporters were present.
Read more about the protest here and check images from the protest here

Human rights defenders

Serbian feminist and LGBT activist wins 2013 Anne Klein Women’s Award

Lepa Mlađenović is the winner of the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s Anne Klein Women’s Award 2013. Lepa is a co-founder and spokeswoman for Arkadia and Labris (member of ILGA-Europe). The two organisations are advocating lesbian rights, and she organised and participated in Pride Parades and other public events advocating the rights of LGBT people in Serbia and the Balkans.

GENDERDOC-M receives 2012 UN Human Rights Award in Moldova

GENDERDOC-M Information Centre received its first Human Rights Award from the United Nations Moldova Country Office on 10 December. In their award justification motion, organisers stated that Moldova’s only LGBT rights organisation was awarded for its work on combating discrimination through litigation, advocacy and awareness-raising activities, which especially showcased in 2012.

Legal gender recognition

Swedish court repeals sterilisation requirement

The Administrative Court of Appeals in Stockholm, Sweden announced on 19 December 2012 that the requirement in the Swedish Law on Legal Gender Recognition that a person wishing to change gender marker must undergo sterilisation indeed violates the Swedish Constitution (Regeringsformen 2 kap 6 §) as well as the articles 8 and 14 of the European Convention of Human Rights.

Human Rights Commissioner Nils Muižnieks urges Ireland to adopt legal gender recognition

Council of Europe's Human Rights Commissioner Muižnieks sent a strong and progressive message regarding legal gender recognition as a safeguard for the rights of trans people in a letter to Irish Minister for Social Protection.

Notice board

Job opportunity at Open Society Foundations: Program Officer, Law and Health Initiative & Sexual Health and Rights Project

The Open Society Foundations seeks a full-time Program Officer in its New York office to work jointly with the Law and Health Initiative and the Sexual Health and Rights Project. Deadline for applications: 31 December 2012

Job opportunity at European Women's Lobby: Communications & Press Officer

The European Women's Lobby is seeking a full-time Communications and Press Officer for their Secretariat based in Brussels. Deadline for applications: 10 January 2013.

New ressource: Compass - Manual for Human Rights Education with Young People

COMPASS provides youth leaders, teachers and facilitators of human rights education activities, whether professional or volunteers, with concrete ideas and practical activities to engage, involve and motivate young people in living, learning and acting for human rights. It promotes a comprehensive perspective on human rights education and sees young people as actors for a culture of universal human rights. COMPASS was originally published in 2002 and is now available in more than 30 languages.

Workshop: Understanding Marginalization – Working for Inclusion, 2-10 June 2013

The workshop invites people of all social backgrounds, abilities and economic status who are interested in the topic of marginalisation and social inclusion / empowerment. Individuals who personally experience(d) marginalisation and / or who benefited from empowerment policies and strategies are particularly welcome to join the workshop. The work shop is organised by August Bebel Institute and will take place in Berlin. Deadline for applications: 15 January 2013.

Seminar: LGBT and Human Rights: New Challenges, Next Steps, 2-7 June 2013

This seminar organised by Salzburg Global Seminar will bring together 60 participants from all regions of the world, 40 of them from non-Western countries, and from diverse professional or civic backgrounds where the law and culture intersect. This session is designed to i) Support better understanding of this evolving moral, legal, social and political landscape; ii) Create a platform for exchange and communication for decisive global voices from diverse spheres, and iii) Look at LGBT and human rights through the lens of cultural diversity, creative expression and civic responsibility.


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

ISSN 1998-8117
Editor: Mehmet Akin
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