Urgent Action: Free trans asylum seeker from detention in USA

Alejandra fled attacks and extortion based on her transgender identity in El Salvador and requested asylum in the US.

UA 108/18 issued 08/06/2018
Jun 6 2018 10:11AM
Planning for Pride 2018
Pride is an important part of our calendar. In Scotland we’re helping Amnesty’s local groups coordinate attendance at as many Prides as possible to raise awareness of the human rights implications of failures to respect LGBTI people’s...

Urgent Action update: Far-right protesters attack festival organisers in Ukraine

The Festival of Equality was disrupted by violent far-right protesters and conservative religious protestors.

1st update on UA 99/18 issued 01/06/2018

Hong Kong: 'landmark' same-sex legal case due in court on Monday

QT's case is seen as a test of Hong Kong's respect for LGBTI rights © Amnesty International
Government appeal against visa for same-sex partners a test case for LGBTI equality ‘QT’ and her partner already have UK civil partnership but she is denied dependant visa status in Hong Kong The discrimination LGBTI people face in Hong Kong will come under the spotlight on Monday (4 June) when the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal hears the same-sex visa case of “QT”. “QT”, as she is known in court, came to Hong Kong with her partner in 2011 but was denied a dependant visa despite the pair having entered a civil partnership in the United Kingdom. Last September, a lower appeal court in Hong Kon

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Urgent Action: Violent disruption threatens Equality Festival in Ukraine

The Ukrainian Police advised the organizers of the Equality Festival to move it away from the city centre

UA 099/18 issued 16/05/2018
May 17 2018 10:44AM
Five LGBTI activists to look out for
Here are 5 brilliant lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex activists (LGBTI) who are making waves while taking a stand for their rights.

Urgent Action good news: Ankara pride march no longer at risk

The student-organized Pride march gathering hundreds of university students went ahead peacefully on 11 May.

1st update on UA 83/18 issued 11/05/2018

Urgent Action good news: Women’s rights activists no longer at imminent risk in Ukraine

Vitaliana Koval and other defenders in Ukraine are no longer considered to be facing an imminent threat of violence.

1st update on UA 57/18 issued 03/05/2018
Rainbow flag being raised at a Mashrou' Laila concert in Cairo, Egypt on 22 September 2017
Rainbow flag being raised at a Mashrou' Laila concert in Cairo, Egypt on 22 September 2017 © © DPA/PA Images

A wave of arrests

Ever since a rainbow flag was raised at a Mashrou’ Leila concert in Cairo on 22 September, the number of individuals arrested based on perceived sexual orientation has been steadily growing. 70 people have been arrested and more than 40 sentenced for up to six years.

Russia: Still no justice for victims one year after 'gay purge' in Chechnya

Amnesty UK held a demonstration outside the Russian Embassy in London last year.
The Russian authorities have failed to take effective action in response to the violent persecution of gay men in Chechnya, Amnesty International said today, one year after a series of homophobic crimes in the southern republic were exposed. Last April, a report by Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta revealed a horrifying ‘gay purge’ in Chechnya in which dozens of men were abducted, tortured and killed . To date, not one person has been held to account for these crimes. Denis Krivosheev, Deputy Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia at Amnesty International, said: “A year ago, this shocking

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