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As support for the human rights of LGBTI people expands globally, advocacy groups and individuals have faced pushback in the form of increased violence and stigmatization. Just last Friday in Russia, Vladislav Tornovoi was tortured and killed after coming out as gay. In Kuwait, authorities recently trumpeted the arrest of 215 gay men and lesbians. And in Uganda, the notorious Bahati Bill, which has teetered on the verge of passage in parliament, has now been reframed to outlaw the “promotion” of homosexuality. Today, on the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, Freedom House stands in solidarity with all human rights defenders, including those who identify as LGBTI, as we commit ourselves to the pursuit of a world in which human diversity is honored and valued, and human rights are enjoyed equally by everyone.

17 мая активисты-правозащитники и заинтересованные лица со всего мира вновь отмечают Международный день против гомофобии и трансфобии. Однако, в то время как осведомленность и поддержка прав человека для лесбиянок, геев, бисексуалов, транссексуалов и интерсексуалов (ЛГБТ) расширяются в глобальном масштабе, поддерживающие их организации и отдельные люди сталкиваются с неприятием в виде роста насилия и стигматизации во многих сферах жизни, часто приводящим к ужасным последствиям. В минувшую пятницу в России в г. Волгограде 23-летний Владислав Торновой был убит после жестоких пыток, как сообщалось, в связи с тем, что он рассказал друзьям, что он гей.

Freedom House is deeply concerned with the passing of the Protection of State Information Bill in South Africa’s National Assembly. The passing of the Bill is indicative of an increasingly worrying trajectory on press freedom in a country once viewed as a model for democratic governance in Southern Africa.

On Monday, South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority announced its intent to investigate President Robert Mugabe’s political party Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) for crimes against humanity, following allegations of a campaign of mass rape during the months around Zimbabwe’s 2008 elections. Freedom House commends South Africa’s demonstration of its human rights obligations in this decision and hopes that the investigation will dissuade further use of violence as a strategy in its upcoming elections.

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Strengthening participation of young people in South Africa's electoral and democratic processes

The political parties vary in impressions as to the specificity (or not) of issues that concern the youth. The issues are both substantive (concerning aspects of public policy and government action) and procedural (relevant to participation in elections and politics). Parties strive to expand their use of social media. However, the diverse demographic backgrounds of their supporters dictate that they will use a mix of traditional media (pamphlets, newsletters, speeches, door-to-door grassroots visits), intermediary electronic media (SMS and email), and social or new media (Twitter, Facebook, Mxit, WhatsApp, Google broadcasts, podcasts).

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Freedom House undertook rapid conflict assessments in 16 at-risk communities in six provinces throughout South Africa. 

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