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18/06/2019

Gay Man Tortured in Chechnya Says Man Missing in Open Murder Case was Actually Imprisoned with Him

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.
  Source: meduza.io
18/06/2019

Putin Reportedly Asks for Nationwide Electronic Visa System to Begin in 2021

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.
Source: meduza.io
18/06/2019

Swiss Women Go on Strike Over Inequality

Thousands of women went to the streets in Switzerland to protest against gender inequality. They are not satisfied with the pay gap and low representation of women in the government.
  Source:bbc.com
18/06/2019

Germany: Gay Conversion ‘Therapy’ Ban Presented

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.
Source: dw.com
12/06/2019

Germany Approves Tougher Rules for Deporting Migrants

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.
  Source: dw.com  
12/06/2019

Vatican Issues Guidance Questioning Modern Gender Identity

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.
  Source: bbc.com
12/06/2019

Chechen Human Rights Leader Titiev Granted Early Release

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.
Source: themoscowtimes.com
12/06/2019

ICC Submission Calls for Prosecution of EU Over Migrant Deaths

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).
Source: theguardian.com
12/06/2019

Russia Condemned Over Journalist’s Arrest

Ivan Golunov, reporter for an opposition-friendly news site, accused of drugs offenses that friends say are trumped-up. Golunov, 36, is the author of a number of hard-hitting reports on alleged corruption by Russian officials and government-linked businesspeople.   His arrest provoked pickets and protests in Russia. Three Russian newspapers came out with the same cover “I/We are Ivan Golunov”. It was reporter on Tuesday that the case against Golunov will be shut down due to a lack of evidence.
Source: politico.eu  
03/06/2019

Russian Version of Elton John Biopic Censors Gay Sex Scenes

Russia has deleted gay sex and drug scenes from the Russian-language version of a newly released Elton John biopic. It included gay sex and male kissing scenes, a photograph of John and his husband in the closing credits, with a caption saying that he ended up meeting his real love.
Source: themoscowtimes.com
03/06/2019

Hamburg Wants to Legalise ‘Dumpster Diving’ to Cut Food Waste

The city of Hamburg wants to legalise taking food from garbage bins — sometimes called ‘dumpster diving’ or ‘freecycling’ — in an effort to reduce food waste.
Source: euronews.com
03/06/2019

Russian Company Criticised for Paying Female Staff to Wear Skirts

A Russian company has been heavily criticised for offering female employees cash bonuses to wear skirts or dresses to work. Female staff who wear a dress or skirt "no longer than five centimetres from the knee" are paid 100 roubles (€1,37) on top of their regular wages.
Source: bbc.com