Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) persons in Belarus face legal challenges and harassment. Homosexuality has been legal in Belarus since 1994 only, and members of the LGBTI community are still facing mounting pressure from authorities, including interrogative questioning, raids on clubs, and subjection to humiliation and sometimes physical violence.

Please see the articles below on the problems faced by the LGBTI community in Belarus:

FIDH President on the defence of LGBT rights and situation in Belarus


In December 2013, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the Human Rights Center “Viasna” signed an on-line petition to enhance tolerance towards the LGBT community in Belarus and support the organisation of the 9th Annual Human rights forum “Minsk Gay Pride 2013″ . 

Belarusian section of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty talked with FIDH President Karim Lahidji about various dimensions of the defence of LGBTI rights.

 – Many argue that events like gay pride marches are counterproductive and instead of making them more accepting, they only make already homophobic societies (such as the one in Belarus and in the region overall) even more so.  How would you respond to that argument?

 This argument was used a hundred years ag...

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The results of IX LGBT Human Rights Forum “Minsk Gay Pride 2013″: events banned or tripped up


The Organizing Committee of the IX LGBT Human Rights Forum regrets to state that “Minsk Gay Pride 2013″  faced with unprecedented pressure from the state authorities, what was resulted in the disruption of the biggest forum events, in the ban of public actions oriented on support of tolerance towards the LGBT community in Belarus and in direct pressure on the forum organizers by the security forces.

In frame of the IX LGBT Human Rights Forum “Minsk Gay Pride 2013″, that was timed to coincide with the Human Rights Day under the slogan “We are!” 10 various events have been planned for implementation over the period from 6th up 12th of December...

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