Talk by Martin Lunnon about Pride in Riga: from police protection in 2006 to EuroPride 2015

Wednesday 24th February, 7.30pm, Jesus Lane Friends Meeting House

Amnesty International has worked with Mozaika, a local LGBTI rights organisation in Latvia, over several years around the issue of the right of people to participate in a pride celebration.  The journey from 2006 and 2007, where police had to protect participants from a mob of counter protestors, to 2015, when Riga hosted Europride, marked a massive change. Martin Lunnon, chair of the AIUK LGBTI network, took part in many of the prides over the years, and shares his experiences and pictures of this substantial achievement in this talk which is part of the LGBT History Month celebrations in Cambridge. 

Following the talk there will be refreshments as well as actions and letters to sign forBelarus LGBTI rights activist Ihar Tsikhanyuk and others who are a victim of human rights abuse as a result of being (or perceived to be) LGBTI. 

The Amnesty Cambridge City group, and in particular it's LGBTI subgroup, has been campaigning for nearly a year for Ihar Tsikhanyuk who was questioned, beaten and subjected to threats and abuse for being gay by police, following the unsuccessful attempt to register the LGBTI NGO Human Rights Centre Lambda in January 2013. Those responsible for his ill-treatment have yet to be held to account, and Ihar Tsikhanyuk and others connected to the Human Rights Centre Lambda remain at risk of further threats and abuse due to their sexual orientation and continued LGBTI activism. To find out more, please click here: https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/beaten-police-being-gay-demand-justice-belarus-lgbti-pride

The Amnesty Cambridge City group's LGBTI subgroup is made up of a small number of activists (LGBTI & allies) who meet up regularly to campaign and take action for those who are a victim of human rights abuse as a result of being (or perceived to be) LGBTI. This event is an opportunity to meet us and find out about our work. We welcome all who wish to campaign for LGBTI rights around the world. If you cannot make the talk, but would like to be involved, please e-mail amnestycambridge@gmail.com

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