view the location of this item Pride Fund supports gay activists Published on 27 March 2012 – 1:06pm

20 May

Amnesty International Netherlands and Dutch LGBT rights organisation COC have created a fund to provide emergency aid to gay activists facing violence and intimidation.

The Pride Fund is intended to provide support to activists facing acute danger or imprisonment. The Fund will pay for legal costs or travel expenses when an activist has to go into hiding. The fund will also pay for a telephone or laptops to enable them to keep communicating. The fund is emphatically not intended to provide structural support.

Most of the potential beneficiaries of the fund are LGBT activists in Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Same sex activity or identity is a crime in about 80 countries across the world. In some of these countries, for instance Saudi Arabia, Mauritania and Iran, homosexual acts are punishable by death.

Amnesty International spokesperson Emile Affolter says the human rights organisation already provides much support for LGBT activists worldwide and COC fights for LGBT rights in the Netherlands, “but we were not yet engaged in providing emergency aid and practical support to LGBT activists in distress.” The two organisations have made an appeal to the general public for donations to support the new fund.

(gsh/imm)

© Radio Netherlands Worldwide

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