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February 7, 2014

Dutch prime minister and Russian president meet despite extreme tension between the two countries following assaults and humiliation

President Vladimir Putin has told the world the Olympics is not the place to discuss Russia’s treatment of gay people.

In a meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the Russian president demanded politics and sport should not mix.

‘I know you always give much attention to humanitarian issues and adherence to human rights,’ Putin said, according to Reuters.

‘We are always open to discussion.’

January 16, 2014

Members of European Parliament have called on heads of state and high courts to repeal discriminatory laws

Europe has condemned anti-gay laws in Uganda, Nigeria, India and Russia today (16 January).

Members of European Parliament (MEPs) passed a motion calling for change in the homopphobic countries.

In a discussion held in Strasbourg, MEPs directly condemned the actions of certain leaders for their discriminatory policies and demanded the European Parliament act on these matters.

January 3, 2014

Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks publicly acknowledges her sexual orientation for the first time, becoming the country’s first openly lesbian prime minister

Germany’s Environment Minister has come out as a lesbian.

While some maintain Barbara Hendrick’s sexuality was an ‘open secret,’ the 61-year-old minister officially came out in a recent interview with Rheinische Post.

When asked what she had planned for New Year’s Eve, Hendrick revealed she would be celebrating with her partner in Berlin.

October 16, 2013

Tensions are rising between the Netherlands and Russia after attacks, protests and the first arrests of foreigners under the 'gay propaganda' laws

Two Russian men broke into a Dutch diplomat’s apartment yesterday, beat him, and scrawled a heart and ‘LGBT’ on a mirror in lipstick.

Onno Elderenbosch, an assistant to the Dutch ambassador, was attacked after two men had reportedly shown up posing as electricians.

Pretending to be inspecting an electricity outage, they beat him and trashed his apartment.

Russian tabloid website Life News posted photos of the heart and LGBT tag on the mirror – as well as another photo of the trashed apartment.

June 21, 2013

Gay rights charity urges the International Olympics Committee to speak out against Russia's treatment of gay people

One of the world’s largest human rights organizations has blasted the Olympics for their statement on Russia’s anti-gay bill.

Human Rights Watch have voiced their concerns about the ‘non-traditional relationships propaganda’ draft bill, which is likely to be passed by the Senate at the end of this month and signed into law by President Vladimir Putin.

February 1, 2013

Malaysia is 'backsliding on rights' says international human rights watchdog

Human Rights Watch has criticized Malaysia in its annual report published today.

'The Malaysian government’s promised human rights agenda fell far short in practice in 2012,' said Asia deputy director Phil Robertson.

'As elections approach, the government will need to demonstrate its willingness to uphold the rights of all citizens, whatever their political views.'

December 24, 2012

Netherlands foreign affairs minister Frans Timmermans blasts head of the Catholic Church for gay marriage attack

Dutch foreign affairs minister Frans Timmermans has slammed the Pope for attacking gays in his annual Christmas message.

The head of the Catholic Church is calling on faith groups to unite against same-sex marriage, saying the legislation which is being passed around the world is a threat to the survival of the human race.

However, Netherlands foreign affairs minister Frans Timmermans has blasted Pope Benedict XVI over his continuing homophobia.

December 8, 2012

A young gay couple have tied the knot in the island nation of Saba after the Netherlands passed a marriage equality law

A gay couple has reportedly become the first to have a same-sex marriage in the Dutch Caribbean this week.

Cedeno Xiomar Gonzalez, 26, and Israel Ernesto Ruiz Pinto, 27, tied the knot on the tiny volcanic island of Saba – an overseas nation of the Netherlands.

Officiator Julietta Woods presided over the wedding, and noted there will need to be some protocol adjustments in the script, the Daily Herald reports.

November 19, 2012

Former Dutch MP Borris Dittrich, who brought marriage equality to the Netherlands in 2001, visits New Zealand to see the path of same-sex marriage legislation there

A former MP who helped the Netherlands to become the first country in the world to allow gay people to marry in 2001 is visiting New Zealand to witness the passage of same-sex marriage legislation through parliament there.