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ILGA-Europe report: 2022 was the deadliest year for anti-LGBTI violence
2023-02-21

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ILGA (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association)-Europe's "Annual Review of the Human Rights Situation of LGBTI People in Europe and Central Asia"— announced Feb. 20 in Brussels, Belgium—reveals that 2022 was the most violent year for LGBTI people across the region in the past decade, according to a press release.

The year was considered the most violent "both through planned, ferocious attacks and through suicides in the wake of rising and widespread hate speech from politicians, religious leaders, right-wing organizations and media pundits."

ILGA-Europe Executive Director Evelyne Paradis said, "At ILGA-Europe, we have been saying for years now that hate speech in all its forms translates into actual physical violence. This year, we have seen that violence become increasingly planned and deadly, leaving LGBTI people feeling unsafe in countries across Europe. … This phenomenon is not only in countries where hate speech is rife, but also in countries where it is widely believed that LGBTI people are progressively accepted."

Paradis added, "While we are getting better at dealing with outcomes, the focus has to be on stopping hate speech in all its forms. Across Europe, many politicians have reacted with horror to the killings of LGBTI people this year, and while clear expressions of solidarity are always needed, it does not address the foundation of the problem, which is the proliferation of using hatred against LGBTI people for political gain. Our leaders need to find ways to proactively fight the rise of hate speech, rather than finding themselves in the position of reacting to its consequences."

The full report is at www.ilga-europe.org/report/annual-review-2023/ .

ILGA-Europe is made up of more than 700 organizations throughout Europe and Central Asia.


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