Tag Archive | hate speech

OPINION: Hate speech forcing LGBT+ people back into closet

OPINION: Hate speech forcing LGBT+ people back into closet

Raise your hand if you are on social media. And you have never been harassed. Or no one has ever had a go at you for just expressing your opinion. Or you have never thought that you needed to take a break from such a toxic environment. Chances are that not many hands are still […]

ILGA Europe: LGBTI Progress is “increasingly fragile”

ILGA Europe: LGBTI Progress is “increasingly fragile”

After an extraordinary year, Europe has been awoken to the acute fragility of the human rights situation for LGBTI people across the region, says ILGA-Europe. Reporting from every country in the ILGA-Europe ‘Annual Review of the Human Rights Situation of LGBTI People in Europe and Central Asia 2021’ is a glaring clarification that progress, which […]

Turkey: Police detain 65 more in university protests

Turkey: Police detain 65 more in university protests

(Reuters) – Turkish police detained 65 people late on Thursday over protests which first started last month at a top university, authorities said on Friday, continuing a crackdown on the protesters despite growing international criticism. The Istanbul governor’s office said the protesters had violated a ban on public demonstrations, gatherings and marches imposed due to […]

Norway outlaws hate speech against trans and bisexual people

Norway outlaws hate speech against trans and bisexual people

Norway’s parliament outlawed hate speech against transgender and bisexual people on Tuesday, expanding its penal code, which has protected gay and lesbian people since 1981. People found guilty of hate speech face a fine or up to a year in prison for private remarks, and a maximum of three years for public comments, according to […]

Rising populism stokes homophobia across Europe – ILGA

Rising populism stokes homophobia across Europe – ILGA

Homophobic and transphobic rhetoric and other anti-LGBT+ hate crimes are rising across Europe, fuelled by divisive politics and socially conservative groups that also campaign against abortion access, [ILGA-Europe] said on Tuesday. Hate speech by political and religious leaders increased in 17 countries, including in countries such as Portugal, Spain, and Finland, known for being LGBT-friendly. […]

Social media: Double-edged sword for LGBT+ Asia

Social media: Double-edged sword for LGBT+ Asia

Technology has proved a mixed blessing for LGBT+ people in Asia, advocates said on Wednesday, opening opportunities to connect, but fanning hate speech, death threats, and attacks. Social media companies must do more to keep LGBT+ people safe online, human rights campaigners from across the region said, at the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s annual Trust Conference […]

Swiss Senate votes to improve protection on grounds of sexual orientation but not gender identity

Swiss Senate votes to improve protection on grounds of sexual orientation but not gender identity

On 28 November 2018, the Senate of Switzerland voted to criminalise hate speech and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, but refused to do the same for grounds of gender identity. ILGA-Europe welcomes the extension of protections against hate speech and discrimination based on sexual orientation – this is an important step forward for lesbian, […]

Malawi: Judgment In Hate Speech Case Reserved

Malawi: Judgment In Hate Speech Case Reserved

Malawi’s Chief Justice, Andrew Nyirenda, has reserved judgment in the hate speech case against Ken Msonda, ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) politician, according to Shehnilla Mohamed, of Outright Action International (formerly International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission). Mohamed states: “Malawian activists, Gift Trapence, who heads the Centre for the Development of people (CEDEP) and […]