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Why does Germany accept refugees, reject LGBTI activists?

COMMENTARY Why are German embassies denying visa requests from LGBTI activists seeking to take a brief trip to Germany for a workshop on security? [See articles here, here, and here on the repeated invitations of the German activist group HAMIAM to dozens of African activists to attend the seminars. After more than a year of … Continue reading

Africa / Europe

Germany nixes Facebook’s dangerous ‘real names’ policy

Government regulators in Germany have ruled against Facebook’s policy of demanding that account holders use their real names — a policy that jeopardizes the lives of LGBTI people in homophobic countries. As The Guardian reported: “The Hamburg data protection authority said on Tuesday that the site could not force users to give official ID such … Continue reading

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Germany blocks Ugandans’ trip to safety seminar

The German embassy in Uganda has rejected applications by LGBTI activists for visas to travel to Cologne, Germany, for a seminar about security for activists and continuing medical care for HIV-positive patients despite Uganda’s new anti-gay law. The denial apparently was similar to the rejection of Canadian visas requested by some Ugandan activists to travel … Continue reading