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On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia, IDAHOT, we celebrate that homosexuality was officially erased from the International Classification of Diseases as a psychological disorder in 1990. While we have made some progress in addressing barriers associated with sexual rights, discrimination against LGBTI+ people is still increasing.

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“We will not enjoy security without development, we will not enjoy development without security, and we will not enjoy either without respect for human rights.” This famous quote on human rights by the former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, signifies a critical global commitment to the fight against discrimination.

Hivos’ programme with Greenpeace, All Eyes on the Amazon, is very pleased to receive £300,000 in funding from the players of the People's Postcode Lottery in the UK. In 2017, Hivos and Greenpeace received a 14.8 million euro contribution from the Dutch National Postcode Lottery’s Dream Fund to run and implement All Eyes on the Amazon.

Hivos and ARTICLE 19 are alarmed at the news that the Philippine government has declared 600 people to be ‘communist terrorists’.

Hivos welcomes the decision of the Court of Appeal of Kenya which declared forced anal testing as a way of determining sexual orientation unlawful, torturous and a gross violation of people’s right to privacy.

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) need to undergo fundamental shifts in their organizational communications culture to benefit fully from social media technologies, according to a guidebook recently published by Hivos Southern Africa with support from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Zimbabwe.

On 9 February 2018, eight unidentified persons broke into the offices of Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) and attacked two security guards with machetes, leaving them both hospitalized in a critical condition. This incident repeats an almost choreographed pattern of harassment and intimidation as it closely resembles the break-in of 2016.

The Hivos Tiger Award is the most prestigious award of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). In the Hivos Tiger Competition, an international jury chooses a winner from eight nominated films. A Special Jury Award is also given. The competition was founded in 1995 with the aim of discovering, raising the profile of and rewarding up-and-coming international film talent.

Hivos condemns the shutdown of free to air television stations in Kenya (Nation TV, Kenya Television Network, Inooro TV and Citizen TV) and Inooro radio station on 30 January. This shutdown was ostensibly to stop live broadcasts of the ‘swearing in’ of Kenya’s opposition leader.

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