Discrimination against LGBTIQ+ people
Through strategic litigation, we aim to promote equality and improve legal protections for LGBTIQ+ people across our target region and beyond. Alongside our partners in Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, we have taken on cases concerning a range of issues faced by LGBTIQ+ communities in these countries.
Our cases address issues such as the systemic failure to legislate and protect against hate speech and hate crime on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, the arbitrary arrest and ill-treatment of LGBTIQ+ people, the repression of their freedom of expression and assembly, and obstacles to legal gender recognition.
Exposing discriminatory attitudes within the Georgian police
The Inclusive Foundation (IF) was the first organisation to officially register as providing services to LGBTIQ+ people in Georgia. In October 2020, the European Court of Human Rights found that the Georgian police acted in a ‘wholly inappropriate’ way during a search of IF’s office in 2009, which was ‘motivated by homophobic and/or transphobic hatred’. The Court also found that the Georgian authorities’ investigation into the incident was ineffective and discriminatory.