2013 Human Rights Reports

The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices continue to point to a range of serious human rights abuses directed at LGBT populations. You can view and download the section, by region, of the report that catalogues "Societal Abuses Discrimination, and Acts of Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity"


White House on Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Instead of standing on the side of freedom, justice, and equal rights for its people, today, regrettably, Ugandan President Museveni took Uganda a step backward by signing into law legislation criminalizing homosexuality.

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U.S. Secretary of State on the Enactment of Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill

The United States is deeply disappointed in the enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda. For the four years since the bill was introduced, we have been crystal clear that it blatantly violates human rights obligations that Uganda’s Human Rights Commission itself has recognized are enshrined in Uganda’s Constitution.

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Senator Leahy Calls for Repeal of Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill

I am deeply concerned by the decision of President Museveni of Uganda to sign into law the anti-homosexuality bill. I support Secretary of State Kerry and others in calling for its immediate repeal.

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Advocates for LGBT Equality Launch Freedom Fund to Support LGBT Russians

The Arcus Foundation, the Council for Global Equality and the Open Society Foundations announced the establishment of the Russia Freedom Fund to provide financial support directly to groups working to end discrimination and violence in Russia based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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The Facts on LGBT Rights in Russia

In recent months, public attention to the ongoing crackdown on LGBT rights in the Russian Federation and its potential impact on the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in February 2014 has increased significantly. This fact sheet summarizes the developments in Russia and the guidance that we have received to date from our colleagues in Russia.

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Join Global Actions in Support of LGBT Human Rights

candle-bkThe release of the U.S. State Department's 2013 Human Rights Reports highlights continued human rights abuses directed at the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations around the globe. Here is a short list of ways that you can stay informed and lend your voice to the global LGBT community. More generally you can show your support by using the power of social media to send messages of support to those communities that are facing the harsh reality of discrimination.


Join the AllOut campaign and speak out now against the new extreme law that sends LGBT Ugandans to jail for life. Sign to get world leaders, companies, and religious groups to join in the outcry!

The Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law has put foreward ways in which the international community can offer support to the Ugandan LGBT community after the signing of the Anti-Homosexuality bill.

  • Organize worldwide demonstrations in different cities around the world calling for the law to be repealed.
  • Call on Multinational companies that have businesses in Uganda to go public about their concerns on the bill and their future economic engagements in Uganda.Issue statements condemning the passage of the Bill and calling on President Museveni to repeal it.
  • Engage with any non-LGBTI partner organizations in Uganda that you may collaborate with or whom you fund to issue statements condemning the passage of the AHB and its implications to the work of Non Governmental Organizations.(NGOs).
  • Click here to view a list of further actions you can take to help the Ugandan LGBT community


Human Rights First has released a fact sheet detailing the spread of similar anti-gay laws in Russia's neighboring countries. To learn more about Russia's crackdown on human rights you can download, "Convenient Targets: The Anti-“Propaganda” Law and the Threat to LGBT Rights in Russia." 

Join Human Rights Watch and continue to pressure Russia to repeal its anti-gay law, and demand that the International Olympic Committee not reward serious human rights abusers with hosting the Olympics in the future.

Donate to the Russia Freedom Fund to provide financial support directly to groups working to end discrimination and violence in Russia based on sexual orientation and gender identity.


Why Does the Sochi Olympics Matter?



The Olympic Charter celebrates equality – equal opportunity both on and off the ice and snow.  The Olympics are about fair competition and respect for fellow athletes. They provide a unique opportunity to build  bridges – celebrating that, wherever we come from, we are one. Laws like Russia's anti-LGBT law sully that spirit – they’re not fair, they’re not democratic, and they divide. They have no place in the Olympic Village, and they have no place in today’s world. 

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Open Letter to President Putin on Russia’s Discriminatory Anti-LGBT Laws


rff-button-hNovember 15, 2013
Dear President Putin: 

Washington DC
- Like many of our generation, we have applauded Russia’s 20-year turn toward democracy, confident in the prospect it lays not only for closer relations between our countries, but for the freer and more prosperous future that the Russian people deserve.  In that light, we write to express grave concern at recent legislation – signed by you into law, or otherwise under consideration in the Duma – that demonizes and discriminates against Russian citizens who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT).

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Advancing the Human Rights of LGBT Persons in Europe and Beyond

cge-reblog-uzra-zeyaRepost from DipNote 
by Uzra Zeya, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

I was honored to represent the United States government at the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) Europe’s Annual Conference, held in Zagreb, Croatia yesterday.  Before an audience of more than 250 activists from 45 countries across Europe, I affirmed the strong U.S. commitment to advance the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons in Europe and beyond. 

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