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Scott Long is one of the most popular and richest Human Rights Activist who was born on June 5, 1963 in Radford, United States. Scott Long was born June 5th 1963, in Radford, Virginia. Scott graduated from Radford University at the age of 18 and earned the Ph.D. in literary studies from Harvard University in 1989 at the age of 25. In 1990, he moved to Hungary and was a professor of writing at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest. He was involved in the emerging gay and lesbian movement in Hungary when it was growing during the transition to democracy. He was the organizer of the first course on gender and sexuality within Eotvos Lorand University. Eotvos Lorand University.
After returning in his home in the United States in 1996, Long was offered a position at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) (IGLHRC)an NGO that fights rights violations that are based on gender identity, sexual orientation and HIV status. He started first as its advocacy director and later, as program director. He continued to collaborate with activists in Romania and returned back to Romania in the year 1997 to do further studies. In the course of his research, he was informed of the detention of Mariana Cetiner, a woman who was sentenced to three years in prison for trying to have sex with a different woman. Long later testified to U.S. Congress that
From 1998, when he led a delegation to the World Council of Churches’s world conference in Harare, Zimbabwe, and visited Zambia during a huge national furor over a young gay man’s public coming-out in the media, Long was closely involved with sexual rights movements across Africa. He connected homophobia and moral panics in many African countries to economic and political factors, especially the poverty and dislocation caused by structural adjustment programs. Long told the Chicago Tribune, “There’s a sense of economic and political powerlessness, and when you feel powerless about your economy and your country’s politics there’s a tendency to turn to culture as the one thing you can exert control over.” In 2003, IGLHRC and Human Rights Watch released More than a Name: State-Sponsored Homophobia and its Consequences in Southern Africa, a 300-page investigation of the roots of homophobia that Long had researched and authored.
Between 1998 and 2002, he organized a project bringing many grassroots lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activists from the global South to speak and advocate before the then United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Long also gave UN bodies extensive information and analyses on abuses against LGBT people. This lobbying brought about an unprecedented commitment by key U.N. human rights officials to work on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. In 2001, six independent experts—high-level individuals appointed by the UN to investigate patterns of human rights abuse—publicly reached out to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities, formally declaring that these issues lay within their official mandates. Long said of the move, “Today the United Nations has lived up to its promise: to defend the dignity of all people without exception.”
Long was a vocal advocate regarding LGBT rights in Romania and was a participant in an unpopular Bucharest event regarding “Homosexuality: A human right?” held in 1995 through the Dutch Embassy and UNESCO The first public discussion on LGBT rights in Romania. He was the founder of the Romanian gay and lesbian group Accept. The documents he prepared were crucial to convincing that Council of Europe to strengthen its position on lesbian as well as gay-related issues as well as to insist that Romania remove its law on sodomy. His work led to an European campaign, and was a major contributor in the eventually abrogation of Article 200 in 2001.
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In the mid-2000s, Eastern Europe saw a backlash against LGBT rights. Long cited the evidence of an “unexpected Europe” rolling back the post-1989 democratic advances: “faces bleeding, people running, the air streaked with tear-gas trails. These photographs have burst forth every spring and summer for several years, as LGBT groups try to stage pride marches in Cracow, Chisinau, Moscow.” Bans on LGBT pride marches, he wrote, “became a way of defining who belonged in the public sphere, who could participate in politics at all.”
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In 1992, Long was awarded the position of a senior Fulbright professorship in American research at the university of Cluj-Napoca in Romania. Along with a small group of members of the underground Romanian militants, Long got heavily involved in campaigns in opposition to Article 200 of the Romanian penal code, a law that dates to the Ceausescu dictatorship , which criminalized homosexuality in consensual relationships that could result in five years of imprisonment.
In 1993, Long led the first ever trip to Albania to examine the situation of LGBT rights and to speak with LGBT activists in Albania as well as his records of the abuses and arrests led in the amendment of the country’s sodomy law.
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On the night of May 11, 2001, as I worked late in my office in New York, my inbox began filling with e-mails from [an] anonymous man, whose roommate had been seized in the discotheque raid. His messages spread news of the arrests around the world.
Long also led IGLHRC’s lobbying at the groundbreaking 2001 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS. IGLHRC was invited to address the session, then blocked by conservative Islamic states and the Holy See. The crisis eventually reached the floor of the General Assembly, which had never discussed LGBT rights before but was forced to vote on whether the LGBT group could speak. Long’s advocacy led to a victory and to IGLHRC’s reinstatement. “This was the first time a gay and lesbian issue has ever been debated on the floor of the General Assembly,” Long commented on the unprecedented vote. “It’s a precedent that will have serious impact on the way vulnerable groups and marginalized groups and outsiders from all parts of society can get involved in the U.N.”
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In Bucharest in 1998, Long met with Romanian president Emil Constantinescu, who “promised to pardon all those incarcerated under Article 200 and to give priority to the repeal of the discriminatory article.” Long specifically lobbied for Mariana Cetiner, who was promptly freed on the president’s order. In the next three years, according to political scientist Clifford Bob, Long “enthusiastically and skillfully” pushed the Romanian government toward full repeal of Article 200, which was finally achieved in 2001.
Long went to Egypt for the first time to attend and report on their trial. In succeeding months, hundreds, possibly thousands of other men were arrested in raids and through Internet entrapment. Working for Human Rights Watch, Long lived in Egypt for several months in 2003 documenting the extent of this crackdown. Through Human Rights Watch, he also documented a brutal government assault on anti-war activists, Islamists, and the political Left, as well as persecution of African refugees and other vulnerable groups. In all this, Long worked closely with Egyptian human rights organizations, including the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, the El Nadeem Center for Psychological Management and Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence, and the Hisham Mubarak Law Center. The bridges he built helped persuade parts of Egypt’s human rights community to take lesbian and gay issues within their work.
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In 2002, Long left IGLHRC to join Human Rights Watch (HRW), the largest U.S.-based human rights organization. Since 2001, Long had been deeply engaged in combating a crackdown on homosexual conduct in Egypt. In May 2001, police in Cairo raided a floating Nile discothèque called the Queen Boat, arresting dozens of men and staging a show trial for “blasphemy” as well as “debauchery.” Long later wrote:
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Later in 2004, Long worked to launch a Human Rights Watch report on homophobic violence and HIV/AIDS in Jamaica. The report stimulated an intense debate in Jamaica and across the Caribbean over homosexuality and the region’s colonial-era sodomy laws, a furious controversy which continued into the next decade. Editorials condemning Jamaica’s anti-gay policies appeared in publications such as The New York Times and The Economist, and filled the Jamaican press as well. For the first time the government suggested a willingness to modify its repressive legislation on consensual sexual acts. Long continued to cast a spotlight on abuses in Jamaica during the following years, and to demand government action against them. “Gays and lesbians in Jamaica face violence at home, in public, even in a house of worship, and official silence encourages the spread of hate,” he said in 2008. “What stands out about Jamaica is how absolutely, head-in-the-sand unwilling the authorities have been for years to acknowledge or address homophobic violence,” he commented in 2009.