Moldova might adopt a ‘gay propaganda’ ban after all

Human Rights Watch issued this update on the latest proposal for a Russian-style “gay propaganda” law. HRW urged Moldova, a former Soviet republic, to reject the bill, much as it did in 2013: Moldova: Reject ‘Gay Propaganda’ Law Bill to ‘Protect’ Children Would Violate Their Rights (Berlin, June 21, 2016) – The Moldovan parliament should … Continue reading

Commentary / Europe

Russian activists: Resilience in the face of repression

Human Rights Watch commentary: Russian Activists Provide Antidote Against Government By Boris Dittrich “Could you please give me your phone? We don’t allow cell phones in our office.” Stupefied, I handed over my phone. This wasn’t some confidential high-level ministerial meeting – I was visiting a grass-roots human rights organization in St. Petersburg. “We need … Continue reading

Africa / Asia / Europe / Oceania

Global LGBTI activists will meet, seek support in Berlin

Twenty LGBTI activists from around the world are scheduled to gather in Berlin, Germany, next week to develop strategies and seek support from 100 mostly Western business leaders and from each other. The activists were selected to appear June 11 at the First Mile Conference, organized by Uhlala GmbH, a technology company that has sponsored … Continue reading


Our world today: Jail for love notes, but death threats are OK?

“You can end up behind bars for sending a message of love, but the authorities look the other way when someone threatens to kill children.” Boris O. Dittrich, the advocacy director for the LGBT rights program at Human Rights Watch, makes that heart-wrenching observation in his commentary today, on the occasion of the International Day … Continue reading

Africa / Europe

Cameroun, Berlin: Nouveaux travaux pour des lesbiennes

Publié le 19 mai 2015 Une nouvelle association camerounaise des femmes activistes et leurs partisans se sont mis en marche, occupés au Cameroun et en Europe, à la recherche des meilleures opportunités pour l’amélioration de la santé, des droits fondamentaux des lesbiennes et des transgenres. L’organisation AVAF (Association pour la Valorisation de la Femme) est … Continue reading