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Despite Risks, Sochi Athletes Determined To Protest Russian Antigay Law

Australian snowboarder Belle Brockhoff has promised not to mince her words when she denounces Russia's recently enacted antigay law during the Winter Olympics in Sochi. 


Cameroon - Homophobic Climate Maintained by State Inaction: Support and Protection Needed for the Defenders of the Rights of LGBTI People

Paris–Geneva, February 3, 2014. The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of FIDH and OMCT, outlines the preliminary conclusions of a mission conducted in Cameroon from January 7 to 16, 2014 on the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people’s rights defenders.


Bosnia and Herzegovina: Failure to Protect LGBTI Festival "Merlinka" in Sarajevo

Amnesty International regrets the attack against the international queer film festival “Merlinka” that took place on Saturday 1 February, at cinema Kriterion in central Sarajevo. 


Côte d’Ivoire: Activists in hiding after wave of homophobic attacks

Authorities in Côte d’Ivoire must urgently investigate the unprecedented wave of homophobic attacks in Abidjan, which has forced many HIV workers to go into hiding, Amnesty International said.


New Afghanistan law to silence victims of violence against women

Small change to criminal code has huge consequences in country where 'honour' killings and forced marriage are rife


Little progress on girls' education in developing countries - report

One out of four young people in poor countries - and one of three young women in South and West Asia - are unable to read all or even part of a sentence, according to a new report, which estimates 175 million youths in developing countries are illiterate.


Kenya’s Journey Towards Zero New HIV Infections Falters

In early January 2008, during the violence that rocked Kenya after disputed general elections, a man knocked at Lucia Wakonyo’s gate at Mathare Valley, in the sprawling Mathare slum.  


Religious Groups Take A Stand For Reproductive Rights: ‘It’s Time To Change The Conversation’

On Wednesday, several religious leaders are launching a new campaign to reorient the conversation around religion and sexuality. Specifically, the coalition of faith groups is interested in speaking up in favor of abortion rights, contraception access, and comprehensive sex ed. They’re encouraging their fellow religious Americans to join them.


Cyber Bullies Target Kenya’s Women

For a seasoned politician like Kenya’s Rachael Shebesh, few things hold her back from rallying for women’s rights. But when it comes to furthering her platform on social media – it is the one thing that this Nairobi County women’s representative avoids. 



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