This week read about Bosnia ruling in favor of activists who were discriminated against by an assemblywoman, and LGBT people working for a safer online space while their rights are violated.
Bosnia Passes Historic Ruling Against Discrimination
In April, the Sarajevo Municipal Court found in favor of LGBT activists who sued on their behalf against a former assemblywoman who openly asked state officials to keep "people like this" away from the rest of society.
The three-year-long lawsuit resulted in a judgment that "prohibits any further conduct" by the defendant "or similar activities that infringe or may violate the right to equitable treatment of members of the LGBTIQ community."
It is the first recognition of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity by a Bosnian court, advances the battle against hate speech, and should bode well for unhappy Bosnians' hopes of obtaining protection from state and municipal institutions.
According to Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty, this verdict is subject to appeal.
With Rights Under Attack, LGBT People Are Working For A Safer Online Space
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Without a doubt, the internet has been one of the most powerful platforms for activism, advocacy, and education, but it has also served as a powerful proxy for the kinds of gendered violence. This violence has an influence on women's and others' capacity to engage in these important civic places. As a result, women's and LGBT organizations throughout the Americas have emphasized study into online violence and what can be done to combat it.
In addition to the work of established rights advocacy organizations, many smaller grassroots organizations and local communities in the region are assisting in the expansion of this work through reports, useful language, websites, and even card games to imagine feminist technologies and talking circles.
According to Ifex, Fundación Karisma and TEDIC created Libres y Segures en Internet, a self-learning course about digital security geared at LGBTQI+ groups, and Artigo 19 (Brazil) created a handbook to assist women to defend themselves during rallies.