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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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People dance in front of the Victory column as they participate in the annual Gay Pride parade, also called Christopher Street Day parade (CSD), in Berlin, Germany July 23, 2016.
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The other night I was invited to be a guest speaker at a nice dinner in Frankfurt am Mainz. I spoke about violence and discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people the world over, including the dismal situation in places…
People dance as they participate in the annual Gay Pride parade in Berlin, Germany on July 23, 2016. In Germany, same-sex couples can become registered partners, but cannot get married.
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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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Last week, Berlin held the Christopher Street Day Parade. Hundreds of thousands of people will demonstrated for equal rights and non-discrimination for LGBT people with a great parade, colourful floats, and music. As in previous years, German politicians…
People dance in front of the Victory column as they participate in the annual Gay Pride parade, also called Christopher Street Day parade (CSD), in Berlin, Germany July 23, 2016.
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Thomas Hitzlsperger, a famous German football player who represented his country in the national team 52 times, played in Germany, England, and Italy before injuries ended his career last September. The other day he made a surprising announcement in an…
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It was a hot summer’s day in Berlin when I attached my bicycle to a fence close to the Bundestag building. I had an appointment with Johannes Kahrs, member of the national parliament for the SPD and spokesperson for LGBT rights. The elections were only a…
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Rogge’s Failure to Uphold Olympic Charter Led to Preventable Rights Crises in Beijing, Sochi

(New York) – The election of Thomas Bach as the new International Olympic Committee (IOC) president should open a new day in the enforcement of human rights principles enshrined in the Olympic Charter. Bach succeeds Jacques Rogge, whose 12-year tenure as…
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Human Rights Are an Integral Part of the Olympic Spirit

Many in Germany seem to be getting ready for a German to become the next president of the International Olympic Committee. Thomas Bach, president of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), has, according to local and international media, a good…
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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…