Crackdown on Activism

The rights to freedom of speech, assembly and association are enshrined in almost every major human rights treaty, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But all too often, governments compromise the rights of those who challenge sexual or gender norms; they close down organizations, censor or confiscate materials, and prohibit demonstrations—especially pride marches, which are central to the ability to organize and be publicly visible. We work with our local partners throughout the world to hold governments accountable for the violation of these rights and to foster laws and policies promoting the freedom of speech, assembly and association of all people.