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12 ways your support means Amnesty works

Put simply, without the support of people like you, we couldn’t achieve the many things we do year in and year out. It’s thanks to your action, your determination and your continuous support that Amnesty can transform the lives of people and communities worldwide. Here’s what so many of you have helped us do so far this year. WORKING FOR INDIVIDUALS 1. Opposition leaders freed in Gambia On 30 January, opposition party members Amadou Sanneh, Malang Fatty and his brother Alhagie Sambou Fatty were finally freed in Gambia following more than three years of campaigning by Amnesty supporters.

Date:
17 July 2017
  • News
  • Russian Federation
  • LGBT Rights

ECHR rule exposes homophobic nature of Russian “gay propaganda law”

After Russian “gay propaganda law” was ruled discriminatory by ECHR today, Denis Krivosheev, Amnesty International’s Europe and Central Asia Research Deputy Director, said: “This legislation has always been nothing short of homophobic. ” “The law is blatantly discriminatory and violates the right to freedom of expression, and its introduction has contributed to a climate of homophobia and violence targeting LGBTI people in Russia.

Date:
20 June 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • LGBT Rights

Amnesty activists' message to Chechnya: End this purge now

When reports emerged in April that the Chechen authorities have been detaining, torturing and even killing gay men, as part of a deplorable campaign to purge the republic of people of “non-traditional orientation”, there was international outcry. The response of the Chechen authorities was to claim that gay men do not exist – even as they defended killing them in the name of “honour”. The aggressive homophobia of the Chechen authorities is replicated throughout society, so that gay men have to hide their identities even from their families and closest friends for fear of being attacked and killed.

Date:
9 June 2017
  • News
  • Americas
  • LGBT Rights

Dominican Republic: Horrifying killing of transgender woman highlights need for protection against discrimination

The horrifying killing of a transgender woman in the Dominican Republic – the second such killing this year and 38th since 2006 – highlights the extreme violence faced by many transgender women in the country and the need for strengthened legal protection for discriminated groups, said Amnesty International. “The grotesque killing of Jessica Rubi Mori is a tragic reminder that the Dominican authorities need to take bolder steps to eradicate discrimination, including that based on gender identity and sexual orientation,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director for Amnesty International.

Date:
6 June 2017
  • News
  • Russian Federation
  • LGBT Rights

Global activists demand protection for gay men in Chechnya

Amnesty International has gathered more than half a million signatures worldwide on petitions calling for an end to the appalling persecution of men perceived to be gay in the Russian republic of Chechnya. As part of a global day of action on 2 June, Amnesty International activists will hand in petitions to Russian embassies around the world. There will also be an array of stunts in major cities in the next week, to protest the coordinated campaign of abductions, torture and death by the Chechen authorities.

Date:
30 May 2017
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Discrimination

Taiwan moves closer to marriage equality after milestone court ruling

A landmark ruling by Taiwan’s highest court means it is close to becoming the first in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, Amnesty International said. On Wednesday, judges in Taiwan’s Constitutional Court ruled that the country’s current marriage law is unconstitutional as it discriminates against same-sex couples. The judges have given lawmakers two years to amend or enact relevant laws. “The judges have today said yes to marriage equality.

Date:
24 May 2017
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • LGBT Rights

South Korea: Soldier convicted in outrageous military gay witch-hunt

South Korea’s military must immediately end a bigoted hunt to root out gay personnel, Amnesty International said, after a serving soldier was convicted of having a same-sex relationship. The soldier, whose identity remains anonymous, was given a six month prison sentence suspended for one year at a military trial on Wednesday. The soldier fell down when the judgment was delivered and was taken to hospital.

Date:
24 May 2017
  • News
  • Indonesia
  • LGBT Rights

Indonesia: Caning of gay men an outrageous act of cruelty

Responding to news that two men have been caned 83 times each for having sex with each other in Indonesia’s Aceh province, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, Josef Benedict, said: “This sickening spectacle, carried out in front of more than a thousand jeering spectators, is an act of utmost cruelty. These two men had their privacy forcefully invaded when they were ambushed inside their own home, and their ‘punishment’ today was designed to humiliate as well as physically injure them.

Date:
23 May 2017
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  • Togo
  • Women and Girls

Rosa* : Young LGBTI rights "lawyer"

Openly defending gay rights in Africa is a dangerous business. You may face many different risks: office raids, arbitrary arrest, prosecution for "unnatural" acts, stigma and even violence in the street. West Africa is no exception: the decriminalization of homosexuality is a sensitive topic that is regularly exploited by political and religious leaders and the media. And yet human rights defenders such as Rosa are emerging in this hostile environment by working and fighting day by day to demand respect for LGBTI rights, and to find a safe place for youths abandoned by their families because of their sexual orientation.

Date:
16 May 2017
  • News
  • Denmark
  • LGBT Rights

Denmark and Germany: Authorities failing to protect intersex children from invasive surgery

Children born with sex characteristics that do not fit with female or male norms risk being subjected to a range of unnecessary, invasive and traumatizing medical procedures in violation of their human rights, said Amnesty International in a report launched today. Using case studies in Denmark and Germany, ‘First, Do No Harm’ shows how outdated gender stereotypes are resulting in non-emergency, invasive and irreversible surgical interventions on children who are intersex – the term commonly used for individuals with variations of sex characteristics such as chromosomes, genitals and reproductive organs.

Date:
9 May 2017
  • Blog
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • LGBT Rights

It's not marriage but equality that we long for

On this island of Taiwan, there have always been people whose rights are not protected. Overtime, we start to believe that everyone is treated equally but reality has a way of awakening us from this complacency. My good friend Anja* is a lesbian woman. She has a girlfriend whom she has been with for more than a decade. They live together with Anja’s family and often spend weekends at the home of her girlfriend’s parents.

Date:
2 May 2017
  • News
  • Russian Federation
  • LGBT Rights

Russian authorities ban Putin ‘gay clown’ meme but fail to investigate homophobic killings

After the Russian government banned a digitally altered image depicting President Vladimir Putin wearing lipstick and mascara – widely reported in global media as a “gay clown” meme - Sergei Nikitin, Director of Amnesty International’s Moscow office, said: “In its twisted definition of justice, the Russian authorities have chosen to use anti-extremism legislation to silence peaceful freedom of expression at a time when state-supported homophobia inspires violence across the country.

Date:
6 April 2017
  • Campaigns
  • South Africa
  • Women's Rights

8 women show us why International Women’s Day is the day to declare: We won’t wait for our rights!

People across the world are joining today’s Women’s Strike, demonstrating the consequences of A Day Without A Woman. Can we afford a day without women like these eight, whose refusal to wait is the key to reversing an increasingly regressive trend for women’s rights? If there’s one thing we’ve learned from January’s historic Women’s March, it’s that women are fed up of waiting. Today, that fervour hits the streets again in what looks set to be a historic women’s strike.

Date:
5 March 2017
  • News
  • Americas
  • Exploitation of Natural Resources

Americas: New platform highlights rising wave of attacks against environmental activists

On international day of human rights defenders, Amnesty International is launching an innovative online tool to highlight the rising wave of attacks against environmental activists across the Americas. Speak out for Defenders! features dozens of stories of activists from every corner of the Americas who have been harassed, threatened, attacked, unfairly jailed and even killed as punishment for their work to protect the environment.

Date:
10 December 2016
  • News
  • Refugees

Refugees are in urgent need of protection from sexual and gender-based violence

There is an urgent need for governments around the world to provide better protection for women and girls, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) refugees, who face appalling levels of sexual and gender based violence at every stage of their journeys, Amnesty International said today as an international campaign, 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence, was launched. “Imagine living in a refugee camp where you are too scared to go the toilet, or being subjected to sexual harassment on a daily basis in your host community because of your gender or identity.

Date:
25 November 2016