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Arrests for Peaceful Speech; Death Sentences After Unfair Trials

(Beirut) – Bahraini authorities in 2020 escalated repression against online and social media activity and prosecuted critics for peaceful expression, and courts upheld death sentences against opposition activists after unfair trials, Human Rights…
Bahraini prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab wears a face mask after he was released, at his house in Budaiya in Manama, Bahrain June 9, 2020.
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Halt Executions

(Beirut) – Bahrain’s authorities should overturn the death sentences following unfair trials against two men who say they were tortured, Human Rights Watch and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) said today. The Court of…
Mohamed Ramadan (left) and Hussein Ali Moosa (right).
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Far-Right and Religious Groups Protested European Lesbian* Conference

When the organizers of the second European Lesbian* Conference chose Kyiv as the host city, they weighed the importance of visibility and solidarity against the inevitable security risks. I boarded the plane for Kyiv with some…
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As European and Ukrainian leaders gather in Brussels, it's time to highlight the need for further protection of fundamental rights and freedoms in Ukraine.

On 9 July, Brussels will host the 20th EU-Ukraine Summit, the annual exercise when Kyiv and the European block highlight their strong bilateral relations. No doubt, the Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko, and European Union leaders…
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk arrive for a joint news conference following the EU-Ukraine summit in Kiev, Ukraine, July 13, 2017.
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Stop Impunity for Hate Crimes

(Kyiv) – Ultranationalists attacked a Roma settlement near Lviv in western Ukraine on June 23, 2018, killing one person and injuring several, including one child. According to media reports, this is the sixth attack on Roma…
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Violent Attacks by Radical Groups Increasing

(Kyiv) – Ukraine's authorities have not responded adequately to the growing number of violent attacks and threats promoting hate and discrimination in Ukraine by members of violent radical groups, Human Rights Watch said today. In a joint…
Activists and supporters of the Azov civil corp, Svoboda (Freedom), Ukrainian nationalist parties and the far-right radical group Right Sector take part in a rally to mark Defender of Ukraine Day
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Police Should Hold Those Responsible to Account

(Kyiv) – Members of radical nationalist groups violently disrupted a May 10, 2018 discussion in Kyiv about LGBTI rights, Human Rights Watch said today. Despite the intruders’ aggressive behavior and threats of violence, the Kyiv police did not…
Kyiv police waiting outside the venue where an Amnesty International event was disrupted by members of radical groups.
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Videos, Report Highlight Issues of Identity, Activism

(Beirut, April 16, 2018) – Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activists from Arabic-speaking countries in the Middle East and North Africa are defying state-sponsored repression and social stigma, Human Rights Watch and the…
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Respond to Youth Demands, Gain Respect in the World

(Beirut) – Middle East and North Africa (MENA) governments can respond to the popular demands of the region’s youth for reform by implementing five changes in 2018 to arbitrary, outdated legal systems that infringe upon citizens’ rights and liberties,…
Demonstration outside Parliament on December 6, 2016, with women in white dresses and wrapped in bandages, calling for the repeal of article 522 of the penal code.
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Ensure Due Process; Investigate Torture, Liberty Violations

(Berlin) – Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) arbitrarily detained a Ukrainian woman, held her incommunicado, and tortured her, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities charged the woman, Daria Mastikasheva, with treason, and a court in Dnipro has…
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Health Ministry Form Acknowledges Transgender People

Ukraine has taken another significant step toward the protection and inclusion of the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. In early February, the Ministry of Health released for public discussion a draft medical form for…
Ukraine’s Ministry of Health draft declaration open for public discussion. Section 4 asks people for gender and offers three options – male, female or N (Н), which means they can choose not to indicate their gender.
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Ordeal Highlights Lawlessness of Security Forces

Last week, I heard news I feared might never come: two Russian activists detained in eastern Ukraine had been freed, unharmed. Seroe Fioletovoe (Grey Violet), a Russian transgender person, and Victoria Miroshnichenko arrived in the self-proclaimed…
Grey Violet, LGBT activist feared disappeared in eastern Ukraine. Facebook.
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Acknowledge Detention, Ensure Due Process

UPDATE: On February 14, 2017, de facto authorities of the Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine released the activists, Grey-Violet and Victoria Miroshnichenko, after two weeks of enforced disappearance by local security services. (Kyiv…
Grey Violet, LGBT activist feared disappeared in eastern Ukraine. Facebook.
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Revised Legal Gender Recognition Procedure Shows Progress but Still Flawed

In the past, transgender people in Ukraine who wanted to have their gender legally recognized faced a degrading, years-long obstacle course of psychiatric observation, sterilization, and other horrors. But change is on the way, as the government…
Gay rights activists attend a rally outside the parliament building in Kiev, Ukraine, November 10, 2015.
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Protect Civilians from Abuses

(Kiev) – Detentions and abuses of civilians in the context of the conflict in eastern Ukraine went largely unaddressed during 2016, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2017. Ukrainian government and Russia-backed separatists in eastern…
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Hostilities Down, but Civilians Remain at Risk

(Berlin) – The armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine is taking a terrible toll on civilians, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2016. The September 2015 ceasefire has significantly reduced hostilities, during which violations of…
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Last week, Ukraine’s parliament made it illegal to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in employment – a welcome move in a country where LGBT activists have been attacked and homophobic legislation proposed in recent…
Gay rights activists attend a rally outside the parliament building in Kiev, Ukraine, November 10, 2015.
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Late last week a Kiev court overturned the government’s rejection of a transgender man’s application to have his gender legally recognized. In ruling that the applicant did not have to prove he had been sterilized to receive documents in his preferred…
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