New GPP report on the closing space for LGBT civil society in Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Kenya, and Hungary

 

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The report, written by consultant Meg Davis, was first launched at a panel discussion on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at International Civil Society Week (ICSW2016) in Bogotá, Columbia, with panellists including Adrian Jjuuko (Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum, Uganda); David Kuria Mbote (Kuria Foundation, Kenya); Björn van Roozendaal (ILGA Europe); and Ive Dobichina (Open Society Human Rights Initiative). The panel was moderated by GPP Coordinator Matthew Hart.22e255f3-347e-4416-a58f-47f3cdb55f50

Organizations led by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people face a ‘perfect storm’ of state-sponsored restrictions and homophobic government rhetoric that worsens the dangerous environment for their work.  The basic space civil society needs to operate freely is closing in many countries, and politicians are targeting LGBT groups in particular.  Despite these attacks, LGBT groups are showing remarkable resilience in tough times.

This report is a first look at how mechanisms for closing civil society space are impacting LGBT communities in four key regions, with focused case studies of Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Kenya, and Hungary.

Additionally, we include recommendations for future research and for donor strategies to promote an effective, unified civil society response.

Download the report here>


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