Monthly Archives: April 2016

“First they threw Molotov cocktails”: Closing space for LGBT groups

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When you’ve done human rights work for a few years, you think you’re all old and jaded and can no longer be shocked, but it’s not true.

I got reminded of this last month when interviewing Sanjar Kurmanov from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) group Labrys, based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. I reached Sanjar while writing a report for Global Philanthropy Project on how government crackdowns on civil society affect LGBT groups (the report launched yesterday and is online here). Continue reading