Today is the day that the new Criminal Code that provides protection from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity comes into force. In the past ten and a half years since the Centre’s establishment and almost 8 years since its official registration as LGBT rights advocacy non-governmental organisation, of all the work to protect the rights of LGBTI people and children from discrimination, the inclusion of discrimination as a new crime has been the most important. There are other laws and legislative bills that began including non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity since 2013, but this is the single most important law as it provides a protection from hate crimes and hate speech that many LGBTI people experience on a daily basis. The inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity as protected grounds in the Criminal Code was accomplished through many years of international and domestic advocacy by the LGBT Centre. So how have these efforts been covered in the foreign media? Let’s see below.


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