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“Anti-propaganda” law in Ukraine withdrawn from the Parliament agenda

In January 2015 the Ukrainian Parliament withdrew the draft of so-called “homosexuality anti-propaganda” law (8711/0945) from its agenda. According to information from Ukrainian partners, the law 8711/0945 was not included in the agenda of the Ukrainian Parliament for its current session. This means that Parliament will not get back to discussions about this legislative initiative.

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Concerns raised that Belarus may enact anti-gay law similar to Russia’s

The Equal Rights Trust (ERT) raised concerns last week about a draft law which is yet to be released. According to the organisation, work has begun on a bill intended to protect children from “propaganda of homosexuality”, and it was included in a presidential decree concerning the legislative agenda of parliament. Dimitrina Petrova, Executive Director of

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Kyrgyzstan: human rights group passes ‘gay propaganda’ bill

A Kyrgyzstan human rights group has passed a ‘gay propaganda’ bill in parliament. The bill, similar to Russia’s own anti-LGBT law, will make it illegal to spread information about ‘non-traditional sexual relations’ in the former Soviet country. This means it will be a crime for anyone to discuss anything related to LGBTI people in public spaces either

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Kyrgyzstan urged by human rights groups to scrap anti-gay bills

The parliament in Kyrgyzstan is being urged to reject legislation which would ban “foreign agents” and “homosexual propaganda”. The Human Rights Watch (HRC) states that the bills are intended to criminalise “homosexual propaganda”, and to force restrictions onto small charities, in moves which could marginalise minorities. Introduced this month, the bills could be put to a vote

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On April 14, the Pride March planned for April 22-23 was banned by the authorities of Sebastol. This is the first time in which the anti-proaganda law, signed by Vladimir Putin last June, has been imposed on the Crimean LGBT* community. Following the application of the law, Sebastopol authorities viewed the Pride March as an

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Kyrgyz Parliament considering homophobic ‘anti-propaganda’ law

On 26 March, the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan published a draft bill that would impose tough sanctions for any speech or action leading to “a positive attitude towards non-traditional sexual relations”, i.e. non-heterosexual relationships. The draft is one of the most sweeping ‘anti-propaganda’ bills ever published. It would amend the Criminal Code, the Code of Administrative Responsibility, the

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Sochi 2014: Vladimir Luxuria arrested for holding ‘Gay is OK’ banner

Europe’s first openly transgender parliamentarian detained at Winter Olympics amid controversy surrounding gay rights. A prominent Italian gay rights campaigner and former MP has been arrested in Sochi while watching the Winter Olympics with a banner reading “Gay Is Ok” in Russian, two activists have said. Vladimir Luxuria, a television personality and actor who became Europe‘s first openly transgender parliamentarian

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24-year-old Dmitry Isakov may become the first gay rights activist to be convicted under Russia’s controversial “gay propanda” laws, after he was attacked and arrested by his own parents at a solo campaign in July. On July 30, Mr Isakov staged a one-man protest in the centre of the town of Kazan, Russia, holding up a

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Lithuania blocks attempt at ‘gay propaganda’ ban

The Lithuanian Central Electoral Commission on Monday refused registration for a group trying to institute a Russian style ban on so-called ‘homosexual propaganda,’ – blocking them from collecting signatures for a referendum. The commissioners ruled five against registering the group, four in favor, with two commissioners abstaining. The move to institute a ‘homosexual propaganda’ ban