Intolerance on the rise Even in countries where the recognition of LGBTI human rights has made considerable progress in recent years, homophobia and transphobia persist. In the vast majority of European countries, and elsewhere in the world, crowds have been rallying to celebrate - or claim - recognition and increased respect for the human rights of persons who do not fit the prevailing paradigms on sexual orientation and gender identity, and to show solidarity with them. The persons concerned were reportedly held in unofficial places of detention and allegedly subjected to severe ill-treatment and humiliation. Building alliances involving civil society, governments, national human rights institutions, faith-based communities and the private sector can help build more inclusive societies where LGBTI persons can live freely, safely and be treated equally. Videos which depict actual sexual activity between consenting adults are classified in the 'X' category under legislation. It also recommended that consideration be given to revising the Criminal Code in order to repeal the provision that criminalizes the sexual activity between consenting adults.
Next, it is critical that national authorities effectively implement these laws. Across Europe, we still see discrimination, intimidation and persecution. Some states have adopted comprehensive action plans to advance LGBT rights. JS1 recommended that the Human Rights Council urge Tanzania to repeal all provisions which may be applied to criminalise sexual activity between consenting adults. According to NGOs and the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, a number of gay men or men perceived to be gay were arrested or abducted and detained in the Chechen Republic between February and April Instead, we have seen some cases where laws actually restrict the rights to freedom of expression and assembly of LGBT persons. It is worth noting that transgender persons continue to pay a particularly high price, with over transgender persons murdered in Europe since , according to the Transgender Europe Murder Monitoring Project , including 43 in Turkey and 30 in Italy. Member countries should proactively work to bring about broader changes in societal attitudes towards LGBTI persons. It also recommended that consideration be given to revising the Criminal Code in order to repeal the provision that criminalizes the sexual activity between consenting adults. We have seen in the past couple of decades that profound political and social change toward more diverse and accepting societies is possible. LGBTI persons do not ask for special or additional rights — but simply to enjoy the same human rights as anybody else. Also, equality bodies can play an important role against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by registering and reviewing complaints, providing legal advice to complainants, commissioning research and advising on policies. In the June Bayev and Others v. The numerous marches in Europe are a testament to the ground-breaking progress toward acceptance of the equal rights of lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex LGBTI persons. Failing to do so will only prolong the deplorable patterns of impunity in this region. Holding perpetrators of hate crimes to account sends a strong signal that the authorities will not tolerate hate, violence and discrimination against LGBTI persons. However, despite their existence on the books, there had been no known prosecution of sexual activity between consenting adults in private within recent years. In this regard, I find it interesting that some countries have established special contact units in the police to improve relationships with the LGBTI community. In parallel with the increased visibility and equality wins for LGBTI persons, there has been a backlash in recent years. Ethnic minorities and foreign nationals were not the only targets of the post-Brexit referendum spate of violent attacks in the United Kingdom UK ; there were also reports of a dramatic rise in homophobic and transphobic hate crimes committed by private individuals in the summer of This can be difficult to do and several measures are required. The persons concerned were reportedly held in unofficial places of detention and allegedly subjected to severe ill-treatment and humiliation. All member countries should adopt laws that clearly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in all areas of life, as well as laws that criminalise offences committed on the basis of homophobic and transphobic hatred, and make such motivation an aggravating circumstance. In the context of the reports of persecution in Chechnya, I have called on member countries to provide visas and refugee status to bring survivors and threatened persons to safety. They should also take steps to ensure that victims feel sufficiently safe and comfortable to report crimes. Videos which depict actual sexual activity between consenting adults are classified in the 'X' category under legislation. As soon as I learned about the foregoing reports, I established contact with the Russian Federal Ombudsman and addressed a letter to the Head of the Russian Federal Investigative Committee on 5 April , requesting information about steps taken to investigate both the alleged crimes and the statements made by Chechen public figures that may have constituted incitement to hatred, as well as to protect victims who may come forward.
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