UNAIDS strongly condemns violence against LGBTI activists in Tbilisi, Georgia

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UNAIDS strongly condemns the attacks on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) activists and journalists at Tbilisi Pride’s offices and surrounding areas, which have forced the cancellation of Gay Pride events in the city. UNAIDS expresses its solidarity with all LGBTI people in Georgia.

“The shocking violence suffered by LGBTI activists and journalists in Tbilisi is completely unacceptable,” said Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “The authorities must take urgent measures to protect the human rights of the LGBTI community, including their right to freedom of expression and assembly, and to bring those responsible for the attacks to justice.”

On 1 December 2018, Tbilisi signed the Paris Declaration to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, joining more than 300 municipalities in the Fast-Track cities initiative, which was initiated by the Mayor of Paris and UNAIDS in 2014. The initiative commits Tbilisi to work closely with communities, including gay men and other men who have sex with men and transgender people, to foster social equality.

The new UNAIDS Global AIDS Strategy 2021-2026: End Inequalities, End AIDS is also clear that stigma and discrimination against LGBTI people violates human rights, deepens inequalities and acts as a critical barrier to ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. A crucial element of the strategy is to address the challenges faced by key populations (gay men and other men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people and people who use drugs) so that less than 10% experience stigma, discrimination and violence by 2025. The strategy calls on countries to take immediate action to reduce stigmatizing attitudes and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity as a critical element to ending AIDS by 2030.

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