OutRight Action International has released new research that finds that nearly half the world’s countries are actively preventing people from fighting for equality. Of the 194 countries, 84 do not allow the formation of LGBT organizations.
Most of these group assist in organizing pride marches, mobilize protest, and fight discrimination against homosexuality; mostly in countries where it’s still illegal to be gay.
OutRight’s report “The Global State of LGBTI Organizing: The Right to Register focuses on an increased effort by some countries to suppress a growing LGBT movement. “History shows that progress on LGBTIQ rights has come through activism and visibility,” said Maria Sjodin, Deputy Executive Director, OutRight Action International. Furthermore, “When states suppress LGBTIQ organizations, they are really trying to stop LGBTIQ people from gaining basic human rights and equality.”
Over the past few years, there has been increased restrictions LGBT people, especially in Tanzania, Russia, Indonesia, and Egypt. The report also highlights that without effective LGBT organizations meeting with government officials is nearly impossible. This also forces LGBT groups to operate underground, prevents effective lobbying for change and stops almost all public activism.
Most of the LGBT organizations that are prevented from organizing are based on religious or moral beliefs according to the research. What’s even more disturbing is that in some cases authorities have branded LGBT groups a threat to national security.
The report comes days after Russian police detained LGBT activists in St. Petersburg after a pride march in the city. Sixty people gathered in Palace Square after a request to march was denied.
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