Rents have risen sharply in the city and there have been rallies urging the authorities to keep housing affordable. Berlin rents rose by 7% in the first quarter of this year, and in the past decade rents have doubled. The plan is expected to become law in January.
Maxim Lapunov, the only individual to have openly identified himself as a victim of the homophobic purges in Chechnya, told the Radio Liberty project Kavkaz.Realii that a man from Volgograd Region thought to have been missing since March 2017 was in fact imprisoned in Chechnya with him.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has requested that a new electronic visa become available beginning January 1, 2021, to foreigners hoping to enter Russia. the visa would be single-use and short-term, allowing its holders to visit Russia once for up to 16 days. The visa would cover tourist, business, and humanitarian purposes as well as visits to friends or family.
German Health Minister Jens Spahn announced his plan to ban so-called gay conversion therapy nationwide this year. “Conversion therapy” is a set of therapies that aim to change one’s sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual.
The German Parliament has adopted a bill that provides for foreigners subject to deportation to be put in penitentiary institutions. It also enables several authorities to have access to Central Register of Foreigners.
The Vatican has released a new document challenging modern conceptions of gender identity. The 31-page teaching guidance, released on Monday, is titled Male and Female He Created Them. It speaks of an "educational crisis" and says the current debate can "annihilate the concept of nature" and destabilise the family institution. The document has drawn immediate criticism from LGBT groups.
Titiyev, who runs the office of the Memorial Human Rights Center in the southern Russian region, was sentenced to four years in a penal settlement in March after he was found guilty of possessing illegal drugs. His supporters say he was framed, with the drugs planted in his car.
The EU and member states should be prosecuted for the deaths of thousands of migrants who drowned in the Mediterranean fleeing Libya, according to a detailed legal submission to the international criminal court (ICC).