On India’s Independence Day: A promise unfulfilled for religious minorities

“India lives as one; India grows as one; India celebrates as one,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered these lofty words to a joint session of U.S. Congress on June 8 of this year. The rosy picture he painted of India, however, is betrayed by the reality of communal strife and intolerance on the ground. … Continue reading On India’s Independence Day: A promise unfulfilled for religious minorities

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back for LGBTI Rights in Africa

Today, the Ugandan Constitutional Court struck down that country's Anti-Homosexuality Act, which had been signed into law in February of this year. And earlier this summer, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Africa’s regional human rights body, issued a landmark resolution calling on its member states to respect and protect the human rights … Continue reading Two Steps Forward, One Step Back for LGBTI Rights in Africa

The Advocates’ Robin Phillips Testifies before Congressional Committee

Robin Phillips, executive director of The Advocates for Human Rights, testified today (April 4, 2014) at a hearing before the United States Congress Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission about religious minorities in India. Robin Phillips' oral testimony, "The Plight of Religious Minorities in India": For more than 30 years, The Advocates for Human Rights has … Continue reading The Advocates’ Robin Phillips Testifies before Congressional Committee

The Wild East: Vigilante Violence against LGBTI Russians

When I was in high school, U.S.-Soviet "space bridges" were popular: a studio audience of Americans would connect up live with a studio audience in the USSR, and they'd pose each other questions with assistance from celebrity hosts like Phil Donahue and Vladimir Pozner. In July 1986, during a "women to women" space bridge between … Continue reading The Wild East: Vigilante Violence against LGBTI Russians