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 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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Group Recorded Spike in Anti-LGBT Acts in 2016

“Today, in France, we still cannot live and love freely just as we are,” said Joël Deumier, president of the association SOS Homophobie. In its annual report published May 10, 2017, the organization stated it received 1,575 testimonies of anti-LGBT acts…
Demonstration in support of same-sex marriage in Paris, 16 December 2012.
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Democracy must be grounded in human rights. To many, that is obvious, but increasingly, we see some in Europe suggesting that democracy is about merely winning elections and then doing whatever the voters are deemed to want.  Democracy, for them, becomes…
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Monsieur François Hollande Président de la République Palais de l’Elysée 55 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré 75008 Paris Paris, 3rd of December 2014 Subject: Your upcoming visit to Kazakhstan Dear President Hollande, We understand that you will be…
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President Signs Equality Law

(Paris) – The first same-sex wedding in France, planned for May 29, 2013, will be the country’s start of  an era of full marriage equality, Human Rights Watch said today. Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau plan to wed in Montpellier. They are the first same…
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Same-Sex Marriage Law Supports Fundamental Rights

(Paris) – The French National Assembly should approve a bill for marriage equality, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to members of the assembly. “From a human rights perspective, broadening the scope of civil marriage to couples of the same gender is…
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January 21, 2013 Re: Marriage equality in France Dear member of the French National Parliament, On the eve of your parliamentary debates regarding whether to support marriage equality in France, I invite you to look to another European country that…
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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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Governments Should Change Laws

The European Court of Human Rights’ ruling that a lesbian woman can embark on the process of adopting a child means European states should ensure equality in the right to found a family, Human Rights Watch said today. The court, ruling on January 22, 2008…