“Little Oromia” Unites to Advocate for Justice and Human Rights in Ethiopia

Last Sunday afternoon, a steady stream of people poured into the Oromo Community of Minnesota's meeting hall in St. Paul. They gathered for a forum to discuss how the Oromo people living outside Ethiopia--the Oromo diaspora--could show solidarity with Oromo students in Ethiopia, whose peaceful protests over the past two weeks have been met with … Continue reading “Little Oromia” Unites to Advocate for Justice and Human Rights in Ethiopia

Ethiopian Government Faces Grilling at UN

Update: This blog post was updated on May 30, 2014, after the Armenian Mission to the UN in Geneva contacted The Advocates with the final, official version of the statement that was delivered on May 6. The changes do not have any particular relevance to the substance of this post. To see the statement that … Continue reading Ethiopian Government Faces Grilling at UN

Oromo Diaspora Mobilizes to Shine Spotlight on Student Protests in Ethiopia

The Oromo Community of Minnesota hall was packed yesterday afternoon. Twice we scooted our chairs forward to make room for the crowds at the back; our knees were pressed up against the backs of the chairs in front of us. And when community members took the microphone, we could hear a pin drop. People I … Continue reading Oromo Diaspora Mobilizes to Shine Spotlight on Student Protests in Ethiopia

Moving Forward: Four Steps and Six Strategies for Promoting LGBTI Rights Around the World

While viewers across the United States watched the Olympic closing ceremonies, Jason Collins became the first publicly gay male athlete to compete in a major North American professional sports league as he took to the basketball court in Los Angeles. NBC's coverage of the Olympic Games over the past two weeks dedicated less than two … Continue reading Moving Forward: Four Steps and Six Strategies for Promoting LGBTI Rights Around the World

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

Locking the Iron Closet: Russia’s Propaganda Law Isolates Vulnerable LGBTI Youth

Update: Great news! A district court in Nizhni Tagil acquitted Elena Klimova on charges of violating Russia's "gay propaganda" law, according to a report this morning from Deti-404. In the court hearing, Klimova's attorney, Maria Kozlovskaya, presented an expert opinion that Deti-404 does not contain information that "promotes non-traditional sexual relations," and that in fact … Continue reading Locking the Iron Closet: Russia’s Propaganda Law Isolates Vulnerable LGBTI Youth