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


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 !


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


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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New UN Video “The Time Has Come” on Global Fight for Sexual & Gender Rights


The new 30 minute documentary features a very wide range of activists and policy-makers from around the world, reflecting on the international fight for rights based on sexual orientation and gender identity, at the United Nations in particular. The question of culture and gender/sexuality features particularly strongly, as people from diverse societies examine what LGBTQI identities and politics mean, in …

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