Countries across Europe need to do more to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people, according to a new index, which says law and policy advances have slowed down across the region. The ‘Rainbow Europe’ index, released today by advocacy group ILGA-Europe, ranks 49 countries in the region on their LGBTI equality laws and policies, giving them a score between 0% (gross violations of human rights, discrimination) and 100% (respect for human rights, full equality). Azerbaijan fared the worst in this year’s ranking, scoring less than 5% on criteria measuring policies in areas including equality and non-discrimination, legal gender recognition, hate crime and civil society space. ILGA-Europe cited police raids against LGBTI people and offensive public statements by politicians among the major issues in the country. Armenia, Turkey and Monaco were also among the poorest performers on the index. In the European Union, Latvia was the … [Read more...] about Which European countries have the best and worst LGBT rights?
Wearside supporters of Amnesty International are urging you to get writing in honour of a special anniversary. Get writing as part of campaign to support defenders of human rights as a significant anniversary is being marked today by Wearside members of Amnesty International. It has been 70 years since the Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights were penned, following the horrors of another World War."The Universal Declaration of Human Rights remains as relevant today as it was on the day that it was proclaimed and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly” says Wearside Amnesty’s secretary Steve Newman.“Now available in more than 360 languages, the Declaration is the most translated document in the world — a testament to its global nature and reach. It has become a yardstick by which we measure right and wrong."It provides a foundation for a just and decent future for all, and has given people everywhere a powerful tool in the fight against … [Read more...] about Support the defenders of human rights as Amnesty International marks milestone in Sunderland
Updated 2:09 pm PST, Monday, November 12, 2018 Margarette May Macaulay, president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, listens to a question during a press conference, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. A delegation of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights visited Brazil from November 5 to 12 to monitor the enforcement of human rights in eight states. less Margarette May Macaulay, president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, listens to a question during a press conference, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. A delegation of the ... more Photo: Silvia Izquierdo, AP Monica Benicio, widow of slain councilwoman Marielle Franco, asks a question during a press conference held by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. A delegation of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights visited Brazil … [Read more...] about Rights commission expresses deep concern about Brazil
World International Affairs Scotland is set to become the first country in the world to include the teaching of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights in its school curriculums. Ministers embraced all the 33 recommendations put forward by a working group led by the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign, meaning primary and secondary state schools will now be required to teach pupils about the history of LGBTI movements. A study carried out for TEI in 2016 found the rate of attempted suicide among LGBTI people in Scotland stood at 27 percent. Nine in 10 LGBTI Scots had admitted experiencing homophobia, transphobia or biphobia at school and being bullied was a key factor in prompting some to attempt suicide. “Scotland is already considered one of the most progressive countries in Europe for LGBTI equality,” deputy first minister John Swinney was quoted as saying by The Guardian. “I am delighted to announce we will be the first country in … [Read more...] about Scotland Is the First Country in the World to Put LGBTI Lessons in the School Curriculum
0 Have your say Scottish primary and secondary pupils are to become the first in the world to be taught in a schools’ system that has LGBTI education embedded in the curriculum. The move was warmly welcomed by politicians and gay rights campaigners, but there was concern from religious groups that families who were not committed to “radical LGBT politics” would feel isolated.Do you think LGBTI education should be embedded in the curriculum in Scottish schools?READ MORE - Leader comment: Billy Connolly is right about Scottish sectarianism - leader comment Kenny Gibson becomes latest SNP figure to speak out against the People's Vote … [Read more...] about Poll: should LGBTI education be embedded in Scottish school curriculum?