General News

  We are publishing an open letter from the Steering Committee and Secretariat of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN) on their forced resignation from this organization.   ECOM expresses full solidarity with and support to our colleagues and comrades in maintaining principles of good governance and democratic decision-making.   Dear Colleagues, With this letter, the […]

ECOM Steering Committee Meeting held on July, 6, 2017 in Tallinn (Estonia) deliberated on a range of key topics, including ECOM Strategic and Operational Plans, Communication Strategy and Code of Ethics, admission of new members and review of the existing membership base, as well as the Secretariat Report for the second quarter of 2017. The […]

“Our Love Is Real” – on that name in Erevan was presented a photo project by “Right Side” NGO. It’s shows the equality of people regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Society had opposed view on fact, that members of the LGBT community could be in places that are considered to be national treasures, – […]

In Russia, starting December 4, 2016, you can do an HIV oral test — by yourself and completely free of charge. Thanks to SAFE BOX Project, supported by the Elton John Foundation, gays, bisexual and transgender people can get tested anonymously and free of charge. What you have to do is to call and arrange […]

In a defining vote, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on “Protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation, and gender identity”, to mandate the appointment of an Independent Expert on the subject. It is a historic victory for the human rights of all persons who are at risk of discrimination and violence because […]

Highlighting the grave human rights violations experienced by people the world-over on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, 628 organisations from 151 countries today called on the UN Human Rights Council to establish an Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). NGOs urging for […]

By Tinatin Zardiashvili Under its Community, Rights, and Gender special initiative, The Global Fund is providing technical assistance (TA) to assist a community-based organization, LGBT Georgia, to respond to an alarming increase in HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men. Nikoloz Chkhartishvili. Photo credit: ECOM. According to a surveillance survey regularly performed by Curatio International Foundation, […]

Several United Nations Member States Commit to Engage Key Populations During the United Nations High-Level Meeting to End AIDS. New York, New York — As we reported yesterday with our partners NSWP, IRGT, GATE, and the Global Platform to Fast-Track the HIV and Human Rights Responses Among Gay and Bisexual Men and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men, […]

For Immediate Release: June 6 2016 (New York) At a make-or-break moment in negotiations over a United Nations Political Declaration, set for adoption during the High Level Meeting on HIV starting June 8 in New York, a coalition of advocacy organizations from around the world have called on governments of the United States, Brazil, Argentina, […]

As the 2016 UN High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS will commence in New York, EECA civil society networks published the position paper “Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Let’s Not Lose Track” to draw attention to the catastrophic situation in our region and solutions that would enable us to catch up to the rest of the world on the track […]

EHRN is looking for community organizations of PLWH, PWID, as well as MSM and transgender people in Estonia, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan to aply for small grants within the Regional Program “Money Can Buy Health If You Budget For It” funded by the Robert Carr Foundation.   This Call for Proposals is aimed at identifying community organizations from Estonia, Armenia, and Kyrgyzstan […]

April 18th, the United Nations Mission co-facilitators, Zambia and Switzerland released the “Zero Draft” of the political declaration for the United Nations High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS (HLM). MSMGF thanks the governments of Zambia and Switzerland for facilitating an inclusive process in developing and releasing the Zero Draft. This draft builds on the 2011 Political Declaration, aligning with the […]

In a report adopted last week on the EU’s relationship with Central Asia, the European Parliament has made a strong call to respect democracy, the rule of law and human rights, including the rights of LGBTI people, in the region. The report highlights the parliament’s concern over freedom of the media, freedom of expression, and freedom of […]

A new survey of young Americans aged 13 to 20 years old (also known, in marketing-speak, as “Generation Z”) has found that they are far more open-minded and permissive than their older millennial counterparts when it comes to issues of gender and sexuality. According to a report by trend forecasting agency J. Walter Thompson Innovation Group, […]

On March 1, people around the world are celebrating Zero Discrimination Day. The Day was initiated by UNAIDS in order to celebrate equality, regardless of one’s gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion. This year’s theme is Stand Out and encourages everyone to stand for fair and just societies. ECOM believes it is crucial to […]

The Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) announce the release of the Russian translation of MSMIT, MSM Implementation Toolkit – “Implementing Comprehensive HIV and STI Programmes with Men Who Have Sex With Men: Practical Guidance for Collaborative Interventions”. The publication provides operational guidance on the Consolidated guidelines on […]

MSMGF, in partnership with UNAIDS, established the first ever advocacy platform to advise UN agencies and bilateral donors on fast-tracking the global HIV and human rights responses for gay, bisexual men, and other men who have sex with men. ECOM, represented by Executive Director Vitaly Djuma, is happy to be the part of the platform […]

On December 23, 2015 the standard of quality of HIV prevention services among key populations, including MSM, was adopted by order of the Ministry of Health of Moldova. An annex outlining a package of services for MSM was also included in the document. We spoke with the co-author of the standard, ECOM member Veaceslav Mulear. […]

Nominations now open for the Red Ribbon Award to honour and promote community leadership and action on AIDS. Red Ribbon Award—honouring the best in community support to people living with and affected by HIV. 1 December 2015—On this year’s World AIDS Day, UNAIDS and civil society partners, in collaboration with the organizers of the 21st […]

Transgender Day of Rememberance is held annually on November 20. Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) would like to join the community and encourages to commemorate all the people, who have passed away due to transphobic violence. “Lots of transgender people have enough courage to fight their prejudices and stand for their rights and freedoms. But not […]

Today, on 16 November 2015, the Regional Dialogue Consultation Meeting organized by the Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) has started in Istanbul, Turkey. The Consultation is a two-day meeting, full of reports, presentations, discussions, and workshops, that will bring together more than 70 representatives of international, regional, and national stakeholders, including organizations of gay men and […]

In advance of the upcoming 34th meeting of the Global Fund Board, ECOM, along with 32 other international, regional and national organizations recently signed a letter addressed to the Global Fund Board, which seeks to draw attention to certain high priority issues, including the allocation methodology framework and approaches to ensuring the successful and sustainable […]

At its recent annual General Assembly, the World Medical Association (WMA) issued new guidelines on transgender healthcare.  The new guidelines will help physicians to increase their knowledge and sensitivity towards transgender people and their unique health needs.  The guidelines provide that everyone has the right to determine their own gender and reject the notion that gender […]

The Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM), along with over 270 civil society organizations, recently signed an open letter addressed to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which calls upon the organization to commit to an ambitious funding request for the 5th Replenishment to accelerate the end of the AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria epidemics by 2030. The […]

On July 21, 2015, the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Oliari and Others v. Italy (application no. 18766/11 and 36030/11) held that Italy violated Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) of the European Convention on Human Rights by not providing legal recognition for same-sex couples.  The case concerned […]

ECOM’s Position Statement in relation to the Strategic Priorities of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for 2017-2021 This document is also available as pdf from here The Global Fund is currently developing its work strategy for 2017-2021. Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) intends to actively participate in the development of […]

ECOM would like to disseminate a new study “Anal human papillomavirus and HIV: A cross-sectional study among men who have sex with men in Moscow, Russia.”  The incidence of anal human papillomavirus (HPV), despite being prevalent among men who have sex with men (MSM), had never been previously studied in the Russian Federation.  This report contains […]

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has released a report on “Discrimination and violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.” The report, released on June 1, will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) later this month. This report is the most […]

Fighting Homophobia and Transphobia Is Fighting HIV Statement of the Eurasian Coalition on Male Health in conjunction with the 2015 International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia, and International AIDS Candlelight Memorial May 15, 2015. Tallinn, Estonia. This year, May 17th simultaneously commemorates the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia (IDAHOT), and the International […] GENEVA – The Global Fund partnership has launched a human rights complaints procedure as part of its commitment to protect and promote human rights in the context of fighting AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The complaints mechanism allows individuals to submit a complaint to the Global Fund’s Office of the Inspector General if any of five minimum human rights standards […]

Tallinn, Estonia. 25 March 2015. Men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people (TG) are not involved in strategic discussions around HIV in most nations of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA). Lack of reliable epidemiological data, high stigma, and policies that restrict the access of MSM and TG to information on HIV, […]

An article published by Politico Magazine details the current climate in Russia with respect to its LGBT citizens.  It claims that a rise in homophobia in Russia is, in large part, a result of Putin’s administration and its policies.  In particular, initiatives, such as the federal law banning so-called “gay propaganda” have resulted in a […]

A recent Buzzfeed article examines Kazakhstan’s proposed bill that aims to protect minors from psychologically harmful material.  Within the bill, a clause banning information on “non-traditional sexual orientations” threatens to make the proposed bill a “gay propaganda” ban, similar to the one in force in Russia.  The full article is available on Buzzfeed’s website:

The Parliament of Kazakhstan is discussing bills on the protection of children from information harmful to their health and development. Among other things, these bills contain a ban on the distribution of information about non-traditional sexual orientations to minors. EKOM believes that these laws are contrary to their goal of protecting children. Rather, they actually […]

The United Nations Children’s Fund recently released a new position paper, entitled “Eliminating Discrimination Against Children and Parents Based on Sexual Orientation and/or Gender Identity.” The position paper details how, in all regions of the world, children who are LGBT often suffer discrimination, intimidation, harassment and violence. Such discrimination against children based on sexual orientation […]

The Open Society Foundations has drafted a new report on middle income Countries and the Global Fund’s New Funding Model.  The report explores the way in which the Global Fund’s withdrawal from middle income countries is leaving key populations behind, particularly since people living with HIV and members of key populations are concentrated in these very countries.  This […]

The Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) is pleased to announce the release of a new Call to Action document, “Addressing the Health Needs of Men Vulnerable to HIV in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.” Evidence suggests that the HIV infection rate of men who have sex with men (MSM) is growing at an alarming […]