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UN Human Rights Office marks IDAHOT 2014 with Powerful New Video

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On the evening of the International Day against Homophobia, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has released an emotive, new video that focuses on the impact that each of us can have by sharing our own stories and by showing our support for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex friends, colleagues and family …

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Ulrike Lunacek, co-president of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights addresses IDAHOT

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IDAHO Committee : What is the current situation like in Europe, in the aftermath of the Russian “anti-propaganda” law? What are the likely new battle fronts? Ulrike Lunacek : After much progress was achieved in furthering equality in the EU, opponents of equality are getting organised and started winning a few battles too. They mistakenly think that they’re the sole …

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World Press Freedom Day – Why it matters !

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Two weeks separate World Press Freedom Day, May 3rd, and the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17th. This is a coincidence, but a highly symbolic one. No doubt that all oppressive regimes and their supporters, religious or lay, will have a very busy month of May, waging their battles against democracy. Recent developments in Eastern Europe, and especially …

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UN Secretary General Addresses IDAHO International Conference

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The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, has addressed participants of a high level intergovernmental conference organised by the Government of the Netherlands for the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia in The Hague on the evening of the 16th. In his speech, the Secretary General underlined that “for generations, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in …

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