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      Today’s Russia: Torture and slavery exposed

      Anna Politkovskaya seminar 2017:

      Today’s Russia: Torture and slavery exposed

      NOAS, NHC and FRI wish to invite you to an open seminar in memory of Anna Politkovskaya, the investigative journalist of Novaya Gazeta, who would have been 59 years old on 30 August had she not been brutally murdered for her work in 2006. Her brave work to expose human rights abuse in Chechnya and North Caucasus has inspired many journalists in Russia, and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee commemorates her legacy every year with a relevant seminar.

      This year, we have invited investigative journalists from Novaya Gazeta and formerly Echo Moscow who have exposed the use of slavery on FIFA World Cup construction sites in St. Petersburg, and systematic and widespread torture of gay men in Chechnya. Theses horrible cases are not unique, and we put these cases in context not only as regards slavery and torture in Russia, but also how this influences Norwegian asylum pol

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      Authorities should protect KyivPride 2017

      Ukraine:

      Authorities should protect KyivPride 2017

      The Norwegian Helsinki Committee urges Ukrainian authorities to support and protect Kyiv Pride Week, which will be organized June 9 to 18, 2017. An important part of the program will be the KyivPride March on 18 June, a manifestation in support of fundamental human rights and freedom from violence for Lesbian, Gay, Bi- Trans- and Intersex persons (LGBTI) in Ukraine.

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      Appeal to the United Nations General Assembly

      LGBTI:

      Appeal to the United Nations General Assembly

      Today we signed this Open Letter to the United Nations General Assembly on the Human Rights Council report, to express our concern regarding new attempts to obstruct the mandate of the UN Independent Expert to address violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

      Urgent action is needed - again. Did your organization sign?

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      Light a candle: the 18th Transgender Day of Remembrance

      LHBTI:

      Light a candle: the 18th Transgender Day of Remembrance

      20 November is the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), dedicated to the memory of trans and gender-diverse persons who have been victims of homicide worldwide.

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      Intersex Day of Solidarity and Remembrance

      8 November:

      Intersex Day of Solidarity and Remembrance

      8 of November is the Intersex Day of Solidarity and Remembrance. It is a day to acknowledge the suffering and injustice caused to intersex people in the past, and call for adequate redress, reparation, and access to justice. It is also a day to challenge the faulty categorization of human beings as being strictly “male” or “female” to inspire respect, inclusion and human rights for all.

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      Draft resolution proposes to revoke mandate of UN’s New LGBTI Rights Watchdog

      LGBTI:

      Draft resolution proposes to revoke mandate of UN’s New LGBTI Rights Watchdog

      The Norwegian Helsinki Committee sent a letter to Norway’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations today to express a deep concern for a scheduled 8 November vote in the General Assembly Third Committee which may revoke the mandate of the UN Independent Expert to monitor violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). The letter was also sent to other Permanent Missions to the UN.

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      Brutal attack on Serbian LGBTI activist must be investigated

      Serbia:

      Brutal attack on Serbian LGBTI activist must be investigated

      On Sunday 21 August LGBTI activist Boban Stojanović was brutally beaten by unknown assailants who shouted homophobic slogans in downtown Belgrade. – We urge Serbian authorities and law enforcement to ensure that the attack is properly investigated and that the perpetrators are brought to justice, says Mina Skouen, Norwegian Helsinki Committee’s (NHC) Advisor on LGBTI issues and the Western Balkans.

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      PrideHouse: "Proudly presenting 'Perverts and Sodomites'"

      LGBTI:

      PrideHouse: "Proudly presenting 'Perverts and Sodomites'"

      Are you wondering how it is to be an LGBTIQ activist when society looks upon you like a pervert and sodomite? How people continue fighting for human rights of LGBTIQ persons when it seems like every step forward is followed by two steps back? Or were you among the many people worldwide that spoke up against Russia's so-called anti-homosexual propaganda laws before the Olympic Games in Sochi 2014, and want to know how you can be an ally for LGBTIQ once again?

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      Talk where you can´t talk

      Norway:

      Talk where you can´t talk

      The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is arranging the open seminar "Talk where you can´t talk" at Cinemateket, Lillebil 15 September 17:00-19:00. The seminar is a part of the Oslo Fusion International Film Festival, and is organized in cooperation with LLH, the Norwegian LGBT organisation. Read more about the program below.

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      Important resolution urges states to end discrimination against gender minorities

      Council of Europe:

      Important resolution urges states to end discrimination against gender minorities

      The Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) commends the resolution Discrimination against transgender people in Europe, adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on 22 April 2015. The resolution urges member states to abolish sterilization and other medical requirements such as a mental health diagnosis as a basis for gender recognition. They should adopt legislation that protects gender minorities in all parts of society.

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      Support for EuroPride Riga 2015

      Latvia:

      Support for EuroPride Riga 2015

      18 March the Norwegian Helsinki Committee sent a letter to the Latvian Prime Minister Mrs. Laimdota Straujuma, expressing our concern that the Latvian organisation Association Antiglobālisti attempt to use legal loopholes to prevent EuroPride from taking place in Riga in 2015. The loophole is of an administrative nature.

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      Freedom of Expression and Assembly for Belgrade Pride 2013

      Serbia:

      Freedom of Expression and Assembly for Belgrade Pride 2013

      - Supporting and protecting the Belgrade Pride Parade and Pride Week 2013 is an opportunity for Serbian authorities to show its commitment for the human rights for all persons, and in particular, the human rights of those belonging to sexual and gender minorities (LGBTI), Bjørn Engesland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee says. The Pride Parade march in the streets of Belgrade is scheduled for September 28.

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      NHC urges Parliamentary Assembly to condemn bans on “homosexual propaganda”

      Council of Europe:

      NHC urges Parliamentary Assembly to condemn bans on “homosexual propaganda”

      In a letter to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (Pace) The Norwegian Helsinki Committee, together with 23 other international human rights organisations, strongly urges PACE to condemn so-called “homosexual propaganda” bans as incompatible with the rights to freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, and the prohibition of discrimination. The Assembly should vote in favour of today’s resolution and recommendation on tackling discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. Read the letter below

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      Repressive LGBTI law violates human rights

      Russia:

      Repressive LGBTI law violates human rights

      The Norwegian Helsinki Committee condemns the legislation waved through this week by the Russian State Duma; prohibiting “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations”. The restrictive legislation is part of a wider trend of worsening human rights situation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe.

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