Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals face negative stereotyping and prejudice in Belarus, where there are currently no registered LGBTI organisations.
In January, Ihar Tsikhanyuk, an openly gay drag performer and LGBTI rights activist, unsuccessfully attempted to register Human Rights Centre Lambda, with the authorities as an LGBTI organisation. He was subsequently questioned by police, who subjected him to physical and verbal abuse because of his sexuality.
No one has been held to account for Ihar’s mistreatment. He and others connected to Human Rights Centre Lambda remain at risk of further threats and abuse because of their sexuality and LGBTI activism.
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