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Provide Justice for 2018 Attack Against LGBT Activists

Earlier this month, Armenia’s Criminal Court of Appeal ruled there had not been a proper investigation into a violent homophobic attack two years ago against a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activists. The court ordered a…
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Prompt, Thorough and Effective Investigation Needed

A homophobic attack in a small village in southern Armenia has generated a public discussion about human rights in Armenia and a challenge to the new prime minister.  Last week, images of a bloodied face of a lesbian, gay,…
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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…
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Protesters Face Long Sentences, but Violence Against Them Unpunished

(Berlin) – The Armenian government failed to ensure meaningful and credible accountability for law enforcement officials responsible for excessive and disproportionate force against peaceful protesters, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report…
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Police Harass Activists With Threats, Raids, Beatings, and Arrests

(Nairobi) - The Zimbabwean government should immediately stop persecuting members of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ), Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and President Robert Mugabe. On August 20, 2012,…
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August 27, 2012 President Robert Mugabe Private Bag 7700 Causeway Munhumutapa Building Corner Samora Machel Avenue and Sam Nujoma Street Harare, Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai Private Bag 7700 Causeway Munhumutapa Building Corner…
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Stop Attacks, Politically Motivated Prosecutions Against Gays and Lesbians

(Harare) - A police raid and apparently politically motivated arrests at the offices of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) is an attack on all human rights defenders in Zimbabwe, a group of five international organizations said today in a letter to…
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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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Human Rights Watch mourns the death of Peter Joaneti, an activist for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and for the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe, who died of an AIDS-related illness in Harare on February 15.…
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MORE THAN A NAME State-Sponsored Homophobia and Its Consequences in Southern Africa TABLE OF CONTENTS Glossary of Key Terms I. Introduction A.  Summary B.  Contexts: HIV/AIDS, Inequality, Identity C. Brief Recommendations II. The…