Looking back over a tumultuous year, for LGBTI people in many parts of the world, 2017 was grim by any standard. The most disturbing trend was the scale and frequency of arbitrary arrests, state-sponsored discrimination, and violence against LGBTI people. The brutal consequence of intensified homophobia orchestrated or facilitated by agents of the state was evident in Azerbaijan, Russia’s Chechen Republic (Chechnya), Egypt, Indonesia, Tajikistan, and Tanzania. For activists, it was a year of responding to a seemingly endless cycle of unfolding crises.
April 16 / Human Rights Watch