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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
03/06/2019

Berlin Cyclists Take Over Streets to Demand More Space for Bikes

Tens of thousands of cyclists have taken over the streets of Berlin as part of a campaign to make the city more bike-friendly.
Source: dw.com
28/05/2019

Pupils With Special Educational Needs to Stage Funding Protests

Children and families will hold marches this week in 25 towns across England over funding cuts they say have left many pupils without adequate support and unable to attend school.
Source: theguardian.com
28/05/2019

Russian Journalists Quit En Masse as Censorship Scandal Hits Kommersant

The entire political department of Russia’s Kommersant business publication resigned in solidarity with two veteran journalists at the newspaper who said they had been forced to step down.
Source: themoscowtimes.com