Rainbow Railroad announces emergency response plan for LGBTQ people at risk in Chechnya

Rainbow Railroad

TORONTO – With recent reports of abductions, detentions, enforced disappearances, torture and deaths targeting gay and bisexual men in Chechnya, a Canadian non-profit human rights organization have announced an emergency response plan to assist those in danger. Founded in 2006, Rainbow Railroad actively assists LGBTQ people escape danger through its global network of safe routes. “Since […]

Authorities continue to ignore human rights abuses in Chechnya

Chechnya camp

The arbitrary detention of men based on their (perceived) sexual orientation is continuing, almost two weeks after the news reached international attention. In spite of the global outcry, no action has been taken, either on the part of the Russian or Chechen authorities, to release those detained, ILGA-Europe reports. According to the latest information received […]

Chechnya update: Detentions continue

Chechnya camp

ILGA-Europe’s latest update reports that the Russian LGBT Network has continued its fact finding mission on the alarming arbitrary detention, torture and killing of (perceived) gay men in Chechnya. News of the ongoing situation has received widespread media attention, but unfortunately the situation has not yet been resolved. According to information obtained by Novaya Gazeta, […]

UNAIDS welcomes passage of India’s landmark HIV legislation


NEW DELHI, India—The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has welcomed a new law passed by the Indian Parliament providing strong legal protection against HIV-related discrimination. The law provides a broad legislative framework for the response to HIV in India and is the first national HIV law in South Asia. The legislation prohibits discrimination […]

Russian LGBT Network evacuating ‘at risk’ people from Chechnya

Russian President Vladimir Putin with the President of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadrov.

1 April, Novaya Gazeta reported that more than 100 men have been arbitrarily detained and at least three have been murdered by Chechen authorities for their alleged “non traditional” sexual orientation. Independent sources have confirmed the mass detention, described acts of torture, and suggested that the number of men killed may be as many as […]

European Court ends forced sterilizations of trans people

European Court of Human Rights

STRASBOURG, France — Thursday, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that requiring sterilization of individuals seeking a change in their legal gender recognition violates human rights. Twenty two countries in Europe currently still require sterilization to access gender identity recognition, however this decision mandates that these countries amend their laws to reflect this positive […]

UNAIDS warns that countries will miss the 2020 target of reducing HIV-associated TB deaths by 75 percent unless urgent action is taken


GENEVA— Today, on World Tuberculosis Day, UNAIDS is urging countries to do much more to reduce the number of tuberculosis (TB) deaths among people living with HIV. TB is the most common cause of hospital admission and death among people living with HIV. In 2015, 1.1 million people died from an AIDS-related illness—around 400 000 […]

BFI Flare, London turns the spotlight on South Asia’s biggest LGBTQ film festival KASHISH

BFI Flare

LONDON — This March 2017, BFI Flare, London, one of the world’s oldest LGBTQ film festivals will have a special focus on South Asia’s biggest LGBTQ film festival KASHISH. Festival Director Sridhar Rangayan will be at BFI Flare to talk about contemporary Indian LGBTQ films. “It is an absolute honor that BFI Flare, one of […]

Parents of LGBT children form a support group in Mumbai, India

Mumbai Parents

MUMBAI, India — For the first time ever 10 parents of LGBTQ persons came together in Mumbai, India for a closed door parents’ support group workshop that aimed to share experiences and also chart out a future course of action. Organized by Solaris Pictures, as part of its ongoing engagement with LGBT community and parents, […]

On International Women’s Day UNAIDS is urging countries to stop 1 million women and girls from becoming infected with HIV every year

When Women Lead 2

GENEVA— Today, on International Women’s Day UNAIDS has released a new report which shows that there is an urgent need to scale up HIV prevention and treatment services for women and girls. The report, When women lead, change happens, shows that globally in 2015, there were 18.6 million women and girls living with HIV, 1 […]

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