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Tuesday, May 12 • 14:30 - 16:00
5A: Restrictions on LGBTI Associations: Building Civil Society Coalitions in Response
Limited Capacity seats available

With disturbing frequency, governments are proposing restrictions on the freedom of association of LGBTI persons and advocates. How can activists develop effective advocacy strategies, and build solid coalitions across civil society, in response to these laws?  This session will feature a discussion with LGBTI activists on their experiences.

Resource Materials:

  1. Promoting an Enabling Civil Society Environment: Understanding the concept, policy environment and its linkages with LGBTI civil society protected rights
  2. Russian LGBT activists describe victimisation, repression ... and hope
  3. Implementation of the International Covenanton Civil and Political Rights in the Russian Federation:Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues
  4. License to Harm: Violence and Harassment against LGBT People and Activists in Russia
  5. Advocating for Uganda's LGBT -- risk and resilience | Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera | TEDxLiberdade

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Emerson Sykes

Legal Advisor – Africa, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Emerson Sykes is the Legal Advisor for Africa programs at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL). He is responsible for providing technical legal assistance for programs in Sub-Saharan Africa, developing and administering ICNL programs in the region, representing ICNL... Read More →
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Rebecca Ullman

Legal Advisor and Program Manager - Eurasia, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Rebecca Ullman is ICNL’s legal advisor for Eurasia. She works with stakeholders in Eurasia to monitor the implementation of restrictive legislation aimed at the LGBT community and so-called “foreign agents” and coordinate advocacy efforts against such draft legislation. Ms... Read More →

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Christopher Argyros

Manager, Anti-Violence Project, Los Angeles LGBT Center
Christopher Boone Argyros is a transgender rights activist and Manager of the Anti-Violence Project (AVP) at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the world's largest provider of programs and services for LGBT people. The AVP provides direct legal services to survivors of hate violence and... Read More →
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Maria Kozlovskaya

Project Manager and Senior Lawyer, Russian LGBT Network
Maria Kozlovskaya is the Project Manager and Senior Lawyer for the Russian LGBT Network. She is a human rights lawyer and has worked for other NGOs in Russia as well. She has represented the Russian LGBT Network at the United Nations in Geneva, helping to draw attention to the increasing violence and hate campaign by the Russian authorities against the LGBT community... Read More →

Czeslaw Walek

Director, Open Society p.b.o,
Czeslaw Walek has worked in the area of human rights protection since 2000 when he graduated from the Human Rights stream of Central European University. He has worked both in the governmental sector - for example, as the Czech Deputy Minister for Human Rights he was responsible for... Read More →

Tuesday May 12, 2015 14:30 - 16:00 CEST
Room C1 Clarion Sign Hotel