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Summary Every day I fear for my safety living in this country because of my sexual orientation. I am alive but if anyone ever find out and wanted to find out, they can kill me …I am an easy target for anything. —Peter, Dominica,…
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Repeal Colonial-Era Laws

(Bridgetown, Barbados, March 21, 2018) – Discriminatory laws in Eastern Caribbean countries make lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people targets for discrimination, violence and abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report…
Jason (pseudonym), a 40-year-old gay man from Barbados.
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Bill to ‘Protect’ Children Would Violate Their Rights

(Berlin) – The Moldovan parliament should reject a bill to introduce discriminatory anti-gay “propaganda” clauses in national law, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to lawmakers. The bill is similar to those proposed in other countries in recent…
©2016 Maxim Andreev for GENDERDOC-M. Demonstrators protest in opposition to an LGBT pride march held in Moldova in May 2016.
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Draft Law on Amending and Completing the Code of Administrative Offences and the Law on the Rights of a Child

June 20, 2016 Dear MP: We are writing to ask you to ensure that a discriminatory anti-LGBT “propaganda” bill currently before Parliament is withdrawn or rejected and does not become law. On April 28, 2016, members of parliament…
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Statement Delivered Under Item 6

Human Rights Watch welcomes the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Burundi, which includes important recommendations on the protection of civil and political as well as social, economic and cultural rights.  The Burundian government has…
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The U.N. Human Rights Council recently passed a resolution on “traditional values of humankind” as a vehicle for “promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms.” It sounds innocuous, but its implications are ominous. Indeed, it is an immediate threat to…
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Law Should Cover Gender Identity

(Amsterdam) – The Moldovan government’s draft anti-discrimination law would provide a range of important protections, but it should be broadened to include gender identity, Human Rights Watch said today. The proposed law, which would provide protection on…
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Making a difference in Malawi, Albania, Lithuania and Uganda

Human Rights Watch protects lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people who are subject to discrimination and violence—and sometimes even torture or execution—because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. We advocate for the principles…
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Community Members Speak Out Against New Law Criminalizing Homosexual Behavior

(Bujumbura) - An April 2009 law that criminalizes homosexual conduct threatens to exacerbate the deplorable treatment of gays and lesbians in Burundi, Human Rights Watch said in a multimedia project published today. The project, "Forbidden:…
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Forbidden Institutionalizing Discrimination against Gays and Lesbians in Burundi Introduction Testimonies Carine, age 37 Johnson, age 24 Théophile, age 26 Mike, age 17 Ainigmas, age 18 …
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It was never easy to be gay of lesbian in Burundi. But now it's illegal. The country’s new criminal code makes same sex relations a crime for the first time in the country’s history. Human rights Watch interviewed members of Burundi’s LGBT community after…
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Discriminatory Law Violates Basic Rights, Will Hamper AIDS Prevention

The Burundian government's decision to criminalize homosexual conduct violates fundamental human rights and should be reversed immediately, Human Rights Watch and 62 other Burundian, African, and international human rights organizations said in a joint…
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Government Should Prosecute Violence, Prohibit Discrimination

(New York) - The killing of Ebru Soykan, a prominent transgender human rights activist, on March 10, 2009, shows a continuing climate of violence based on gender identity that authorities should urgently take steps to combat, Human Rights Watch said today…
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Pending Code Revision Would Violate International Law

(Bujumbura) - Burundi's parliament should respect its human rights obligations and reject a pending criminal code revision that would outlaw consensual homosexual conduct, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to President Peter Nkurunziza and the…
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Prohibition of homosexual conduct The 2005 Constitution bans marriage between persons of the same sex, but no previous law prohibited homosexual conduct in Burundi. By adopting such a prohibition, the Assembly has gone against the worldwide trend of…