Namibia: Women's Parliament to Meet Over HIV Infections   
[New Era] Windhoek -Civil Society Organisations, United Nations agencies and other partners are working with the SADC Parliamentary Forum to hold the first ever Women's Parliament in Mahe, Seychelles next week from Wednesday to Thursday.
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30/06/2017 - Countries from the Indian Ocean Islands and East Africa have come together to develop strategies to tackle illegal fishing and increase accountability in fisheries practices.

For two days, representatives from the fishing industry, civil society, governments and fishing administrations from Seychelles, Mauritius, Comoros, Madagascar, Tanzania, Kenya and Mozambique, met on Mahe Island, Seychelles, to discuss the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI), a global initiative to tackle illegal fishing.

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          Editorial Comment: A good day for Zimbabwe sport   
YESTERDAY was a very good day for Zimbabwean sport with the national cricket team breaking records to beat Sri Lanka in an ODI in Galle while the Warriors hammered Seychelles to qualify for the knock-out phase of the COSAFA Castle Cup in South Africa. We join the rest of the nation in celebrating the victories...
          France : BNP Paribas accusée de « complicité de génocide » au Rwanda   
Deux plaintes viennent d'être déposées devant la justice française avec un objectif commun : faire la
lumière sur le rôle de la France dans le génocide des Tutsis au Rwanda. L'une, déposée par trois associations, vise la BNP Paribas ; l'autre, portée par l'association Survie, cible des responsables politiques français en poste à l'époque.
Deux nouveaux fronts judiciaires viennent de s’ouvrir en France dans la bataille mémorielle sur les responsabilités de Paris dans le génocide des Tutsis au Rwanda en 1994. Une première plainte contre X avec constitution de partie civile a été déposée par l’association Survie, ce mercredi 28 juin. Elle vise « les responsables politiques et militaires français » de l’époque soupçonnés d’avoir fourni des armes au régime rwandais, avant et pendant le génocide de 1994.
« Nous avions déjà porté plainte en 2015, mais cette plainte avait été rejetée, au motif, notamment, que des ministres ne peuvent être jugés que par la Cour de Justice de la République. Le Parquet avait alors considéré que la plainte ne visait que les ministres et le président de la République d’alors, mais il y a en fait énormément d’autres responsabilités qui sont à rechercher dans les cabinets ministériels ou chez les responsables militaires », explique Thomas Borrel, porte-parole de Survie. « Cette fois, en nous constituant partie civile, nous espérons bien pousser le Parquet à ouvrir une instruction », pointe-t-il.

Des armes livrées malgré l’embargo

La seconde plainte a été déposée le même jour par Sherpa, le Collectif des parties civiles pour le Rwanda et Ibuka France. Selon ces associations, BNP Paribas se serait rendu coupable de « complicité de génocide, complicités de crimes de guerre et de complicité de crimes contre l’Humanité » en permettant, en plein génocide, le financement de l’achat d’un important stock d’armes par le gouvernement rwandais, alors qu’un embargo avait été décrété par les Nations unies le 17 mai 1994.
Les ONG pointent du doigt la Banque nationale de Paris − devenue depuis la BNP Paribas −, qui selon elles auraient autorisé deux transferts depuis le compte détenu chez elle par la Banque nationale du Rwanda vers un compte au nom de Petrus Willem Ehlers dans la banque suisse UBP. Des fonds qui, selon Sherpa, auraient permis à Théoneste Bagosora – surnommé le « cerveau du génocide » et condamné à 35 ans de prison en appel en 2011 – d’acheter 80 tonnes d’armes, kalachnikovs et munitions, livrées les 16 et 20 juin 1994 à Goma, au Zaïre (actuelle RDC), avant d’être transportées vers le Rwanda voisin. Une livraison confirmée par le colonel Bagosora lors de son procès devant le tribunal international pour le Rwanda, qui a précisé que ces armes avaient servi à « aller donner un coup de main à Kigali ».

Une vente d’arme scellée aux Seychelles

Les transferts visés par la plainte contre BNP Paribas portent sur un montant global de 1,3 millions de dollars (soit l’équivalent de 1,1 millions d’euros). Le bénéficiaire, le Sud-Africain Petrus Willem Ehlers, dirige alors la société Delta Aero qui sert d’intermédiaire dans des ventes d’armes.
La vente d’arme a été finalisée aux Seychelles le 17 juin 1994, entre le vendeur d’armes sud-africain et le colonel rwandais Théoneste Bagosora. Celui-ci, bénéficiant de complicités, fournit un faux certificat de destination finale, afin de contourner l’embargo pesant sur le Rwanda en faisant croire que le contrat a été passé par le Zaïre.
Le simple fait que le montant soit si élevé, en provenance de la Banque nationale du Rwanda, aurait dû, à l’époque, alerter la BNP
« À l’époque, nous étions en plein embargo de l’ONU. Les ordres de virements de la Banque nationale du Rwanda auraient dû être particulièrement surveillés. D’autres banques ont d’ailleurs gelé les fonds de la BNR, notamment la banque Bruxelles Lambert. Le simple fait que le montant soit si élevé, en provenance de la Banque nationale du Rwanda, aurait dû, à l’époque, alerter la BNP », estime Marie-Laure Guislain, directrice du contentieux au sein de Sherpa. Sur la dimension pénale de la plainte, elle précise que la complicité de génocide ne suppose pas « d’intention génocidaire », mais « d’avoir su que l’acte allait servir à la commission d’un génocide ».

Une affaire connue depuis 1995

Pour l’instant, la BNP Paribas ne fait aucun commentaire. « Nous avons appris le dépôt de cette plainte par voie médiatique, nous ne disposons pas des éléments suffisants pour la commenter », se contente de répondre à Jeune Afrique Olivier Durbize, responsable de la communication du géant bancaire français.
L’affaire est pourtant ancienne. « Les questions de trafic d’armes malgré l’embargo ont été levées dès 1995 par Human Rights Watch, ce qui avait débouché sur la mise en place d’une commission d’enquête de l’ONU », souligne Jacques Morel, auteur de La France au cœur du génocide des Tutsi (éd. L’Esprit frappeur). Les deux versements visés par la plainte contre BNP Paribas, tout comme le nom de l’intermédiaire sud-africain, figurent d’ailleurs en toutes lettres dans le rapport de la Commission internationale d’enquête des Nations unies sur les livraisons d’armes illicites dans la région des Grands Lacs, remis en 1998 à Kofi Annan. À l’époque, la commission avait noté que le ministère français des Affaires étrangères, sollicité sur ce dossier, n’avait pas donné suite.

Une offensive pas concertée

Ces deux plaintes déposées à Paris interviennent alors que la revue XXI vient tout juste de publier un témoignage inédit sur la livraison d’armes au régime génocidaire rwandais par la France. « Au cours de l’opération Turquoise, ordre avait été donné de réarmer les Hutus qui franchissaient la frontière », y affirme notamment un haut fonctionnaire français qui a eu accès aux archives classées secret défense. « J’ai reçu l’instruction de charger les conteneurs d’armes sur ces camions, qui les ont emmenés ensuite au Zaïre pour les remettre aux forces gouvernementales rwandaises», déclarait déjà à Jeune Afrique, en avril 2014, un officier français, Guillaume Ancel, qui était capitaine au sein de l’opération Turquoise.
Les différents protagonistes assurent que l’initiative n’a pas été coordonnée. « Nous n’avons appris la volonté de Sherpa de déposer plainte contre BNP Paribas qu’en début de semaine », explique ainsi Thomas Borrel. Du côté de Sherpa, on assure également que la coïncidence n’est pas calculée. « Ce que cette plainte veut aussi montrer aux nouveaux élus, c’est l’importance de la loi sur le devoir de vigilance », insiste Marie-Laure Guislain, de Sherpa. Quelques semaines seulement après son arrivée à l’Élysée, Emmanuel Macron est désormais prévenu : les plaies laissées béantes en France par le génocide des Tutsis au Rwanda ne sont pas encore refermées.
Source: Jeune Afrique



          Zimbabwe v Seychelles   
Zimbabwe: 6 - Seychelles: 0 FT
          UN DIA... 28 DE JUNIO   
1865
Nace en Buenos Aires el médico cirujano, político y legislador Juan B. Justo, fundador del diario "La Vanguardia" y del Partido Socialista. Falleció en su chacra de Los Cardales (provincia de Buenos Aires) el 8 de enero de 1928.

1990
Por decreto del Poder Ejecutivo Nacional 1235, del 28 de junio de 1990, se crea la Academia Nacional del Tango.


Efemérides Culturales Argentinas.
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UN 28 DE JUNIO COMO HOY

En 1982 murió: Raúl Berón

En 1939 nació: Juan Cedrón ¡Feliz Cumpleaños!
En 1913 nació: Roberto Grela

En 1908 nació: Juan Carlos Thorry

En 1898 nació: Edelmiro Garrido

En 1892 nació: Eduardo Bianco
En 1888 nació: Lola Membrives

Efemérides de TODOTANGO.
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28 DE JUNIO

1948 - Nace Suna Rocha, en Las Arrias (Prov. de Córdoba). Cantante, autora y compositora.



1955 - Se registra la zamba “Tacita de plata”, con música de los hermanos Simón y letra de José Antonio Faro. Tema grabado y editado. “Entre cumbres y nieves estás,/ luciendo debajo un cielo azul,/ tacita de plata que el Ande forjó/ y que el inca llamó: ¡Jujuy! ¡Jujuy!”.

Efemérides Folklóricas Argentinas
de Juan Carlos Fiorillo.
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28 de Junio de 1807: Segunda Invasión Inglesa.

28 de Junio de 1990: Creación de la Academia Nacional del Tango.

1245 – se abre el primer Concilio de Lyon.
1491 – nace Henry VIII de Inglaterra.
1519 – la Dieta de Frankfurt elige a Carlos I de España emperador de Alemania.
1577 – nace el pintor Peter Paul Rubens.
1635 – los franceses se establecen en Guadalupe, en el Caribe.
1669 – Luis XIV establece la Opera de París.
1712 – nace Jean Jacques Rousseau, contratista social francés.
1765 – se inaugura en Lima la plaza de toros de Acho, la más antigua de América.
1808 – José de San Martín alcanza el grado de capitán luchando contra las tropas invasoras de Napoleón, en España.
1825 – nace el químico alemán Richard August Carl Emil Erlenmeyer.
1835 – Inglaterra y España firman un convenio por el que estos últimos se obligan a impedir el comercio de esclavos hacia América bajo pabellon español.
1838 – coronación de la Reina Victoria.
1839 – el Gral. Lavalle inicia su ofensiva contra Rosas, gobernador de Buenos Aires.
1844 – fusilamientos en Matanzas, Cuba, tras una sublevación de esclavos negros.
1853 – la escuadra enviada por el presidente Justo José de Urquiza para bloquear Buenos Aires se subleva contra él y se pasa a los rebeldes.
1865 – nace Juan Bautista Justo, cirujano, escritor y periodista argentino, fundador del Partido Socialista y del diario “La Vanguardia”.
1867 – nace Luigi Pirandello, escritor italiano.
1880 – Guerra de Cuba: con la rendición del caudillo Limbano Sánchez termina la llamada “Guerra chica”.
1883 – nace Pierre Laval, político francés.
1886 – Inauguración del ferrocarril Canadian Pacific, entre Montreal y Port Moof (en la costa del Pacífico).
1888 – nace Lola Membrives, actriz argentina.
1889 – muere Maria Mitchell, primera mujer astrónoma estadounidense.
1902 – el Congreso estadounidense aprueba la ley Spooner, que autoriza al presidente a comprar por 40 millones de dólares la concesión del canal de Panamá, por quiebra de la antigua compañía del Canal Interoceánico.
1902 – nace el compositor estadounidense Richard Rodgers.
1909 – nace Eric Ambler, escritor.
1913 – empieza la segunda Guerra Balcánica: ofensiva de Bulgaria contra Serbia y Grecia.
1914 – asesinan en Sarajevo al Archiduque Francisco Fernando, heredero del trono de Austria-Hungría, y su esposa.
1918 – el Gobierno soviético nacionaliza la industria.
1919 – se firma el Tratado de Versalles que impone gravosas condiciones a los vencidos en la Gran Guerra.
1919 – se constituye la Organización Internacional del Trabajo.
1921 – Yugoslavia se constituye en Estado único centralista.
1924 – nace George Morgan, músico.
1926 – nace Mel Brooks, cineasta y humorista.
1929 – El Instituto Alemán de Física concede la “Medalla Max Planck” al propio Planck y a Albert Einstein, entre otros.
1940 – Rumania cede la Besarabia a la URSS.
1943 – nace Bobby Harrison, músico.
1943 – Nace Alfonso Santisteban, músico.
1945 – Nace Dave Knights, músico.
1945 – se funda el club Monterrey, de México.
1946 – Enrico de Nicola es elegido primer presidente de Italia.
1948 – nace Kathy Bates, actriz estadounidense.
1950 – las tropas de Corea del Norte ocupan Seúl.
1950 – China confisca las grandes propiedades territoriales y requisa las de la Iglesia.
1951 – nace Daniel Ruiz Bazani, ex futbolista español.
1952 – nace Pietro Menea, ex atleta italiano.
1954 – Chou Enlai y Nehrú proclaman “Los cinco principios de coexistencias pacifica”.
1960 – el gobierno cubano incauta la refinería de petroleo estadounidense Texaco.
1966 – nace el actor John Cusack.
1966 – nace Mary Stuart Masterson, actriz.
1966 – una rebelión militar derroca al presidente argentino Arturo Illia.
1968 – Nace Elmer Figueroa, “Chayanne”, cantante, bailarín y actor puertorriqueño.
1969 – nace Stephane Chapuisat, futbolista suizo.
1974 – Derrumbes de tierras en una carretera colombiana producen la muerte de 300 personas y el aplastamiento de 30 vehículos.
1976 – Independencia de las islas Seychelles, luego de 162 años de dominación británica.
1990 – se crea en Argentina la Academia Nacional del Tango.
1991 – se firma en Budapest del protocolo de autodisolución del Consejo de Ayuda Mutua Economica (CAME o COMECON).
1992 – La coalición de centro-izquierda gobernante en Chile obtiene una amplia mayoría en las primeras elecciones municipales celebradas en el país tras la dictadura militar.
1992 – muere Howard Roberts, músico.
1993 – Guatemala reconoce la independencia de Belice.
1994 – Carlos de Inglaterra admite en televisión que engañó a Lady Di.
1995 – Muere Francisco Grande Covián, bioquímico español considerado el padre de la dietética.
1996 – El Gobierno de Aznar aprueba un marco para privatizar las empresas del Estado español.
1997 – El Barcelona gana la Copa del Rey de fútbol ante el Betis.
1997 – Mike Tyson es descalificado luego de mutilar la oreja de su contrincante, el campeón de los pesos pesados, Evander Holyfield.
1998 – Clinton y Jiang Zemin debaten en televisión.
1998 – En la Conferencia Mundial de Ginebra sobre el SIDA se presenta un informe que afirma que las cesáreas y AZT pueden acabar con el SIDA infantil.
1998 – Se celebra el mayor festival musical de Europa en la localidad inglesa de Glastonbury.
1999 – La primera cumbre de mandatarios de la UE, América Latina y el Caribe aprueban la Declaración de Rio de Janeiro y las Prioridades Conjuntas de Acción, cuyo objetivo es consolidar una asociación estratégica de carácter político, económico, cultural y social.
2001 – ONU: Kofi Annan es reelegido por unanimidad secretario general de la ONU.
2003 – El ex represor argentino Ricardo Cavallo es extraditado de México a España, acusado de genocidio y terrorismo de Estado por la justicia española.
2004 – En una ceremonia sorpresiva y anticipada, preparada en estricto secreto, Estados Unidos transfirió el poder en Irak a un gobierno interino.
Periodismo.com
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          An outbreak of dengue virus (DENV) type 2 Cosmopolitan genotype in Israeli travellers returning from the Seychelles, April 2017   

Dengue virus infection was diagnosed in six Israeli travellers returning from the Seychelles in April 2017. Phylogenetic analysis identified identical sequences belonging to the Cosmopolitan genotype of dengue virus type 2 in all samples sequenced, thus providing evidence for a probable dengue type 2 outbreak in the Seychelles. This report further demonstrates the role of travellers as sentinels for arboviral infections, especially in countries with limited diagnostic capabilities.


          Zim Warriors demolish Seychelles 6-0   
from OFENTSE OLERILE in Rustenburg in South Africa RUSTENBURG, (CAJ News) – THE Zimbabwe Warriors were on the rampaging when they demolished Seychelles 6-0 in a thrilling Cosafa Castle Cup Group B encounter played at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Friday evening. The Sunday “Mhofu” Chidzambwa coached Warriors were in a no compromising mood as […]
          Art to be done & Travel to Prepare for   

The blog shouldn’t go dead in summertime but I fish in bursts and I work in bursts.  Since my Henry’s Fork Marathon I’ve been glued to my artwork catching up on several big projects.  This giant trevally Sharpie art will be used on the new FlyCastaway Seychelles T-shirts.  I also did a bonefish crushing a […]

The post Art to be done & Travel to Prepare for appeared first on Jeff Currier.


          Seychelles, tre isole private per una vacanza esclusiva   
Pare che il primo europeo che avvistò le Seychelles nel 1502 fu il portoghese “girovago” Vasco da Gama sulla rotta per l’Africa orientale tornando dalle Indie. Le troviamo sulle mappe...
          Pasqua 2016 alle Seychelles   
Come si dice? Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi. Se la scelta della compagnia di viaggio è ancora incerta, la meta è sicuramente già fissata: al caldo, magari una bella fuga esotica alle...
          Estate 2014, una idilliaca vacanza alle isole Seychelles   
Non sapete dove trascorrere questa estate 2014? Non avete ancora deciso dove passare le vacanze? Che ne dite di un evergreen come le isole Seychelles? Qui la vacanza paradisiaca e idilliaca è...
          Le spiagge più belle, Anse Source d'Argent alle Seychelles   
La Digue, la quarta isola per estensione della Seychelles, è famosa per le sue bellezze naturali, flora e fauna certo, anche se poi, nel nostro immaginario, a farla da padrone sono le spiagge. E...
          North island: un resort straordinario alle Seychelles   
Magari in questo momento vi trovate proprio lì e quindi queste immagini non vi fanno alcun effetto. Molto più probabilmente non vi trovate al North Island Resort e non state ammirando l'oceano da...
          Desroches Island: la Costa Allegra verso un'isola di paradiso alle Seychelles   
In queste ore si inizia a parlare dell'Isola Desroches, alle Seychelles, perché il peschereccio francese che sta rimorchiando la nave Costa Allegra sarebbe diretta verso quest'isola. E, a guardare le...
          Blue Panorama riempe il vuoto lasciato da Air Seychelles, e in estate i voi saranno due   
Blue Panorama ci porta alle Seychelles, dopo che Air Seychelles (HM) ci aveva lasciati a terra, avendo pesantemente ristrutturato la propria offerta sulle lunghe tratte.Blue Panorama (BV) infatti...
          Natale 2011 al mare: una settimana alle Seychelles   
Per chi ama passare le festività natalizie al caldo, tra spiagge di sabbia bianca, piscine e centri benessere e una natura incantevole. Ecco le proposte di Alke Viaggi per passare il Natale o il...
          Uno squalo attacca e uccide 2 turisti ad Anse Lazio (Seychelles)   
Il nome della spiaggia, Anse Lazio, potrebbe trarre in inganno e far pensare che un famelico animale abbia deciso di scorrazzare di fronte agli stabilimenti balneari di Fregene. Invece lo squalo che...
          Una settimana alle Seychelles da 1800 euro   
Il tour operator Intravco ci indica alcune delle sue offerte per le Seychelles con partenze dal 12 maggio al 10 luglio.Trattasi di vacanze di 9 giorni / 7 notti, con opportunità di soggiornare presso...
          Airline Alliances You May Not Have Heard Of   

Most of us are familiar with Star Alliance, OneWorld, and SkyTeam, which were founded in 1997, 1999, and 2000, respectively. They allow member airlines to offer connections to more destinations, as well as other perks like reciprocal elite status benefits and the ability to earn and redeem frequent flyer miles on partner airlines.

More recently, three new alliances have cropped up. For the most part, they don't really resemble the alliances we all know and love (or love to hate). Their networks tend to be regional rather than global, and there aren't many benefits that passengers will notice.

Still, it may be worth keeping an eye on these, as more unaffiliated airlines (especially low-cost carriers) start to join forces.

         

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          Soldi   

“Investigazioni minuziose, avvalorate da documenti ufficiali. Due anni di inchiesta nel cuore pulsante di tutti i traffici. Lo scandalo è planetario ma la sua localizzazione minuscola: un discreto edificio del granducato del Lussemburgo, punto di passaggio della finanza ufficiale e ufficiosa.” Eric Decouty – Le Figaro

Megatruffe, strani suicidi, fallimenti bancari che diventano segreti di Stato...
Dall'Ambrosiano alla BCCI, da Calvi agli ostaggi di Teheran passando per i conti non pubblicati di alcune multinazionali.

Un uomo dell’ambiente, un dirigente che conosce alla perfezione gli usi e i costumi del Villaggio finanziario racconta, dall’interno, la storia segreta di una associazione di banche. Nata nel 1971, è diventata in meno di trent’anni un vero mostro finanziario.

Il nostro uomo è stato il numero tre di questa compagnia incaricata di trasferire fondi e titoli per tutto il pianeta. Dal Lussemburgo, i computer di questa società trattano triliardi di dollari e di Euro (aggiungere 12 zero dopo l’unità) nei cinque continenti.

L’inchiesta di Denis Robert conduce là dove nessuno era mai potuto penetrare: nel retrobottega della finanza internazionale. Seguendo i passi di Ernest Backes, l’insider (il testimone dall’interno), vengono scoperte, con stupore, attività inconfessabili: dissimulazione di conti intestati alle istituzioni più rispettabili, complicità con le banche mafiose, ramificazioni innumerevoli con casi giudiziari esistenti in Italia e ovunque, circuiti di riciclaggio di narcodollari e pagamento di riscatti…

Non una sola pagina senza rivelazioni.

Nella terra di nessuno del denaro virtuale esiste un punto cieco, un centro nevralgico dove milioni di transazioni sono registrate e archiviate. Era un segreto gelosamente custodito. Il sistema aveva previsto tutto. Eccetto questo libro.

Tra i casi citati: Ambrosiano, BCCI, Logge massoniche lussemburghesi, Loggia P2 (Italia), Penny Stocks, Sasea, Parretti e il Lussemburgo, Tamoil, Seychelles International Bank.


          Global Flash Sale – 35% off Discovery hotels (Kempinski, Corinthia etc)   

Discovery Hotels, aka the Global Hotel Alliance has launched a global sale on its worldwide properties, offering up to 35% off at various locations. As a result, there are some genuine bargains to be had. The impressive 35% off at the excellent Kempinski Seychelles resort is probably the stand-out highlight, although there are a number… Continue Reading

The post Global Flash Sale – 35% off Discovery hotels (Kempinski, Corinthia etc) appeared first on InsideFlyer UK.


          Comment on まだまだ描くよ! by Cara J   
Very, very bad translation: Title: I will draw more still! (Liechtenstein, Belarus and Turkey sketches) I still have it! (Seychelles, South Korea and Hong Kong sketches) (Girl drawing) And this is a picture of about 16 years old. Kyoto-san from the land love* book "Great! Japan-Mainland Continent" which was released around this time. It was a mysterious book with the concept that the 47 prefectures nationwide were a country. (Ukraine sketches) Brutish child *I'm guessing this is like an appreciation of Japan book? I don't know.
          seychelles2017   
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Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
related: iy2017, seychelles, sids, tapas
Proposal (Abstract)
to be sent
(Abstract)sent to sidssustainabletourism@gmail.com
Many thanks for considering this proposal. As you might suspect, it has a related wiki page -
http://planeta.wikispaces.com/seychelles2017 - which will be updated.

Planeta.com proposes
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Developing States. We
We
know that
Participants will see how to make the most of Facebook, including the conference event page and TAPAS.https://www.facebook.com/IUCNTourism
Participants will see how to make the most of Twitter, including who to follow and trendy hashtags.

          seychelles2017   

Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
related: iy2017, sidsseychelles, sids, tapas
Proposal (Abstract)
to be sent to sidssustainabletourism@gmail.com
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Sunday 26 November: Field visit (optional)
Conference venue: UniSey campus, Anse Royale, Mahe
Seychelles Conference Themes
Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas
In partnership with the TAPAS Group, the focus areas will be will be sustainable tourism in protected areas, including terrestrial parks and reserves, marine protected areas, and World Heritage Sites:

          seychelles2017   
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Proposal (Abstract)
to be sent to sidssustainabletourism@gmail.com
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page -
http://planeta.wikispaces.com/seychelles2017

http://planeta.wikispaces.com/seychelles2017
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be updated.
Planeta.com

Planeta.com
proposes a
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note that I'mwe are not asking
Participants will see how to make the most of Facebook, including the conference event page and TAPAS.https://www.facebook.com/IUCNTourism
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trendy hashtags.
Participants

Participants
will see
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and wikis.
http://planeta.wikispaces.com/seychelles2017
http://planeta.wikispaces.com/seychelles2017
Participants will be encouraged to upload documents and presentations into public portals, including Slideshare.
Participants will be encouraged to watch and create videos, including Facebook Live, Periscope and YouTube.
Format
To be developedpolished with the
TimelineJune 30 Social Media Day - Announce proposal (it's also the deadline!)
July-October - Regular workshops / hangouts
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tailored workshops.
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          Warriors wallop Seychelles to book a place in the Cosafa Cup quarterfinals   

The Zimbabwe national team booked their place into the quarterfinals of the 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup with a emphatic 6-0 win over the Seychelles. Zimbabwe were quick to settle and apply the early pressure but had to wait until the 23rd minute to find the opener. Ovidy Karuru who clinched the man of the match […]

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          Make-or-break: D-Day For Zimbabwe Warriors Today At The COSAFA Tournament   
WARRIORS captain Ovidy Karuru says they will forget about the bad officiating that marred their first two Group B matches of the Cosafa Castle Cup football tournament here and focus on tonight’s do-or-die clash against a beatable Seychelles.     Warriors captain Ovidy Karuru (centre) is challenged by Mozambican Abilio Moucuona during their Cosafa Castle […]
          instagram 2015 best nine   

2015 Instagram Best Nine Photos

There's an end-of-the-year meme going around that generates your nine most popular photos posted to instagram. These aren't my nine most popular - but they are my nine most favorite. They represent an otherworldly, incredible travel year to more than 26 countries - 10 which were lifers!

The photos, from left to right represent: Amman, Jordan; Quartz Mountain, Oklahoma; Kandalama, Sri Lanka, St. Petersburg, Russia; Toronto, Canada (Pan Am Games Opening Ceremony); Kona, Hawaii, Cape May, New Jersey; and Pico Bonito, Honduras. Although Australia was the last country I traveled to in 2015 (still here as I write) - travels to Honduras in early December brought me to my 120th country (not that I am a lister!). 

And since I am fairly certain no one reads my blog anymore - I might as well go ahead and post my travels from 2015 - because they were pretty mind-blowing:

January
San Antonio, Texas (Alamo Bowl)
Palau (#110)
South Korea
Seychelles (#111)
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

February
Cartagena, Colombia (#112)
Lake Tahoe, California
Tucson, Arizona

March
Joshua Tree National Park
Sydney, Australia

April
Madagascar (#113)
Kona, Hawaii

May
Honolulu, Hawaii
Toronto, Canada
Rome, Italy
Lisbon, Portugal
La Coruna, Spain
Bilbao, Spain
Bordeaux, France

June
London, England
Amman, Jordan
Beirut, Lebanon (#114)

July
Toronto, Canada (Pan Am Games)
a five-week assignment

August
Alaskan Cruise
Beijing, China

September
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
St. Petersburg, Russia
Kona, Hawaii

October
Tonga (#115)
Adelaide, Australia
Sri Lanka (#116)
Madagascar
Maldives (#117)
Bali (#118)
Papua New Guinea
Fiji (#119)

November
London, England (Rugby World Cup)
Yangon & Bagan, Myanmar

December
Honduras (#120)
Port Douglas, Australia









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          Zimbabwe vs Seychelles Score: COSAFA Cup Results   
ST LOUIS (LALATE) – Zimbabwe vs Seychelles (live score results below) heats up the COSAFA Cup Results today. The game heads to the field shortly. But which team will win this ZIMvSEY battle? The game wraps action for this day in the COSAFA Cup. Zimbabwe vs Seychelles heats up game two of two in the […]
          WARRIORS DESTROY SEYCHELLES   
Sikhumbuzo Moyo at Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace, South Africa Zimbabwe 6 – 0 Seychelles YOUNG Prince Dube opened his Zimbabwe international account with a goal and an assist in a evening in which the two captains Ovidy Karuru and Ocean Mushure led from the front as the Warriors completely dismantled poor Seychelles at the Royal...
          Disasters, funds, and policy: Creatively meeting urgent needs and long-term policy goals   

Photo: tro-kilinochchi / Flickr

[[tweetable]]When it comes to responding to disasters, time is of the essence.[[/tweetable]] Help needs to come immediately to save lives; recovery and reconstruction have to start swiftly to lessen the impact.

However, while money is critical to this response, it’s not just about funding. Indeed, funds need to match the event scale, target the right areas and sectors, and smoothly flow to communities in need. But in order for that to happen, sound public policy on risk and frameworks have to be in place.  

To address both urgent financial needs while pursing strategic disaster risk management policy goals, countries have been using the World Bank’s development policy loan with a catastrophe deferred drawdown option or, more widely known as the Cat DDO.  

The loan provides quick liquidity when an eligible disaster event occurs. Governments can rapidly draw on funds either in full amount or in parts and repay later under agreed terms. For example, Sri Lanka accessed over US$100 million for recovery efforts after floods and landslides in May 2016.

The Cat DDO is more than just emergency lending. Along having a sound macro-economic environment, countries wanting to access this innovative financial instrument also agree to advance specific policy actions that strengthen disaster risk management. In the Philippines, for example, Cat DDO is helping to improve building codes and other policy actions to strengthen the resilience of critical infrastructure. In Latin America, policy dialogue and technical work related to Cat DDOs have contributed to the development of a range of sophisticated risk financing instruments.

Tailored to country needs, this instrument has proved popular among middle-income countries. Between 2008 and 2017, 15 such loans were approved worth US$2.345 billion.
 
Now, with the latest replenishment of the International Development Association (IDA)’s concessional financing, Cat DDOs are also available to low-income countries eligible for IDA funding.

Photo: European Union, European Development Days, EU, June 2017
Country representatives, World Bank staff, and experts discuss the policy features of the Cat DDO. 
Photo: European Union, European Development Days, June 2017
This is good news for communities at risk. As low-income countries are likely to face increased risks due to climate change, rapid urbanization, and fragility and conflict, investing in disaster and climate resilience is an urgent task to protect people and assets. Moreover, research shows that women, the poor, and vulnerable disproportionately bear the brunt of disaster impacts. [[tweetable]]Better response and preparedness can help lessen disaster impact and preserve development gains.[[/tweetable]]

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Saint Lucia, Haiti, Kenya, Cabo Verde, and Maldives are already considering Cat DDO credits.  In doing so, they are looking at experience from previous operations which highlights the added value of the instrument such as:
  • Cat DDOs provide immediate liquidity, with countries being able to access funds within 48 hours.
  • Cat‐DDOs help drive the implementation of policy reforms, monitoring outputs, and linking them to sectoral investments.
  • Defining Cat‐DDO policy actions brings together stakeholders across different ministries and agencies enabling disaster risks to be addressed in a comprehensive manner.
  • The instrument provides an opportunity to elevate disaster issues to oversight agencies, such as finance, budget, and economic planning which may not otherwise be engaged in the policy dialogue.
  • CAT DDOs help raise awareness of broader concepts of disaster risk management, and support governments in the process of defining their national risk reduction strategy.
Some of these aspects were discussed at a recent side event at the World Reconstruction Conference 3 / European Development Days. There, representatives from Serbia explained how after floods in 2014, the CAT DDO became a vehicle for policy change helping them to move away from a reactive to a proactive risk management approach in matter of years. Seychelles’ observations struck a note with the Pacific Island nation of Tonga: quick access to funding is particularly important for countries where geographic isolation poses an additional burden in the recovery process.
 
As low-income countries work to strengthen their disaster readiness in the years to come, the Cat DDO can play a major role linking the disasters, funds, and policy to ensure that urgent needs are met while long-term policy goals are reached.

Joaquin Toro, Doekle Geert Wielinga, and Suranga Sooriya Kumara Kahandawa contributed to this blog post.

Read more blog posts from the third World Reconstruction Conference. 


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          General Cooperation Agreement signed between Seychelles and St. Vincent   
The Principal Secretary for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Michelle Murray signed a General Cooperation Agreement with H.E. Mr Cenio Lewis, High Commissioner of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines today at Maison Queue de Quinssy. This agreement will bring greater diplomatic engagement and allow for the two countries to share their diverse experience across […]
          The most beautiful beaches in the world   

Embark on a wonderful trip with the ten best beaches in the world.

The beach is the symbol of summer , holidays and especially the sun.

Sandy , pebbly , rocky and surrounded by palm trees and crystal clear sea , I specifically for a selection that makes you want .

Put on your swimsuits , it takes you from Bora Bora to New Caledonia , via Brazil, Morocco , Corsica , Greece , Seychelles and Thailand.

Escape discovering the images ... (for now)

 

 


          Video: Zimbabwe 6-0 Seychelles   

Zimbabwe thrashed the Seychelles 6-0 to advance to the quarter-finals of the Cosafa Castle Cup on Friday. Ovidy Karuru struck a hat-trick , Ocean Mushure scored a brace while Prince Dube marked his senior national team debut with a goal. Here are the highlights from the match:

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          Zimbabwe Warriors Demolishes Seychelles 6 -0 to Book a Place in the Quarter Finals -COSAFA   
Zimbabwe 6 – 0 Seychelles THE Warriors have qualified for the Cosafa Castle Cup quarterfinals and will face Swaziland at Royal Bafokeng on Sunday. Sunday Chidzambwa’s charges crashed Seychelles 6-0 in their last group B match on Friday night. Madagascar’s 4-1 win over Mozambique in the other match was in vain as the Warriors ended […]
          WARRIORS, CHEVRONS SHINE, OVER TO YOU MAKEPEKEPE   
Petros Kausiyo in SUN CITY, South Africa Zimbabwe…………… (2) 6 Seychelles……………..… 0 SKIPPER Ovidy Karuru again led from the front as he joined an elite band of Zimbabwe captains to score a hat-trick with a man-of-the-match display in leading the Warriors’ demolition of Seychelles at the Royal Bafokeng Palace and a place in the knock-out...
          Zimbabwe demolish Seychelles 6-0   

Young Prince Dube opened his Zimbabwe international account with a goal and an assist in a evening in which the two captains Ovidy Karuru and Ocean Mushure led from the front as the Warriors completely dismantled poor Seychelles at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace yesterday.

The post Zimbabwe demolish Seychelles 6-0 appeared first on Nehanda Radio.


          Constance Lemuria Resort: Security Guard   
Competitive: Constance Lemuria Resort: Description: The Security Guard is responsible for the safety of the guests and staff members at the hotel. He is familiar with Head of Departments and has a working knowledge of their areas of responsibility. He should establish a rapport and foster a s Seychelles
          Constance Hotels and Resorts: Security Guard   
Competitive: Constance Hotels and Resorts: Description: The Security Guard is responsible for the safety of the guests and staff members at the hotel. He is familiar with Head of Departments and has a working knowledge of their areas of responsibility. He should establish a rapport and foster a s Seychelles
          Viva la Vivāha   

It is going to be a little more than two months since I've got married and I don't have a single post on the wedding stuff. Bad, no? Here are some salient points from the experience.
  • The jee-i'm-actually-gonna-get-married feeling sunk in when Sindhu (my wife) & I started plan the look and layout of our wedding invitation. We had a simple design in mind and were particular on the colour, texture and feel of the invitation card & cover. Menaka, Eureka, Butterfly, Kalyani, Sankeshwara Papeir...it took a lot of running around to get what we wanted. We got there in the end.
  • I totally relished the Maapla treatment at home. It is a super feeling of being the star of the show. You're lavished with attention from everyone. Want something? Just look up...and ten people will be hanging on to the word you say.
  • Couple of days before the wedding, my brothers & I went for a grand beauty treatment to a men's parlour in Mandavali. I had the Groom's Special which had the full works - Diamond facial, bleach, scalp massage, haircut, manicure, pedicure etc. All this took the whole day! My brother found out how ticklish he's on his feet during his pedicure. He just couldn't sit still. The beauty trip was very relaxing and we were refreshed at the end of it.  Everything was great except that ghastly five-figure amount we got billed for their services. 
  • My grand-dad had it. My dad had it. My uncle had it. My cousin had it too. But, more importantly, one Mr Kameshwaran from my favourite Thamizh movie had it. And I decided long time back I was gonna have it when it is my time. Janavasam. I had it. And I totally loved it.
  • It was a typical Tambram wedding...peppered with the highs and extreme highs and thereof (emotionally speaking).
  • People marry. Some re-marry. But you get married for the first time only once. Pah, wattey logic, you may say. The point is - when you do something which you can do only once, why not do it properly? I dug into my reserves of patience and cooperated with whatever rituals I had to do from my part. The motto was: Cooperate, don't kovama operate.
  • Talking about doing things properly - the Sastrigal told us to NOT shake hands with anyone after Mangalya dharanam until he tells us to do so. "Nee avala mattum dhaan thodalaam. Vera yaaraiyum thoda pdaadhu. Purinjidhaa?" #haun. He informed the handshake ban to the audience through microphone. After the Thaali was tied, once the rain of akshadhai and flowers subsided, one Maama ignored the handshake ban and extended his hand with a megawatt smile only to be met with a huge NO from me. Not the one to be cowed away easily, Maama insisted again, the Sastrigal belted out a high decibel bark "Kozhandha correct-a kai kudukka maaten 'granono, yen padutharel! Apram vaango saar!". Got the nods of approval from junior sastrigals and the photographer.
  • I got a candid photographer to cover the event. I closely followed some photographers who specialize in this and boy they are a creative bunch! Glad I had PV cover my wedding. Check out his work here.
  • Panjakacham is an underrated men's garment. 
  • My mum planned to put together a surprise video of me & Sindhu to be played after Janavasam. But poor thing was smashed for time with the wedding prep that she couldn't do much on apart from collating old photographs. She really wanted it to happen so I (with some help from my bro) made a video which was basically a time-line with photos from memorable stages/events in our life and some funny anecdotes thrown in. We played it after Janvaasam. Everybody loved it.
  • Nalangu was a total riot. I sung this song. The family were in their element and reached resonant galaata frequency when I prompted them for chorus. I still wonder how they made me sing 3 songs (incl. a duet) compared to her two songs. I tell you, girls have this amazing ability to slither away from spotlight.
  • We went to Seychelles for honeymoon.
Some changes happen gradually. Sometimes you acknowledge a change is taking place but you don't realise the change until a particular moment. During oonjal ceremony, I looked at the huge gathering of people around us. Before me were persons who were involved in my life in various degrees - like my 2nd standard Sanskrit teacher, cousins I used to play with, classmates, my aunts, my mum - people who were in some way from my birth, childhood, till that point in my marriage played a part in me being the person I am. Looking at them, I felt stock of the changes that has happened in my life. Its moments like these in my wedding and other moments that I am unable to put in words, but are imprinted in my mind far better than any HD camera can record, that made my wedding a happy and emotionally satisfying experience.

          ASAL USUL LAGU NEGARAKU   
Lagu Negaraku dijadikan lagu kebangsaan pada tahun 1957. Irama asli lagu Negaraku telah diambil daripada lagu keroncong bertajuk Terang Bulan, sebuah lagu yang popular pada masa tu dan merupakan lagu kebangsaan negeri Perak (the state anthem of Perak). Pada masa tu, 11 negeri di Malaya (ketika tu) mempunyai lagu negeri masing-masing. Tunku Abdul Rahman, pada masa tu Perdana Menteri mencadangkan untuk memilih lagu kebangsaan yang sesuai. Satu pertandingan telah diadakan dan penyertaan telah mendapat sambutan dari serata dunia. 514 penyertaan telah diterima tapi tiada satu pun yang sesuai. Kemudian pemimpin tertinggi kerajaan membuat keputusan untuk memanggil komposer terkenal. Komposer yang telah terpilih ialah Benjamin Britten, Sir William Walton, Gian Carlo Menotti and Zubir Said (pencipta lagu singapura). Tetapi usaha mereka juga sia-sia.
Selepas tu, pemimpin kerajaan terfikir untuk mengambil lagu kebangsaan Perak sebagai lagu kebangsaan. Lirik baru telah dicipta. Pada masa tu, melodi lagu ni (semasa masih sebagai lagu kebangsaan perak) adalah sangat popular di Singapura & Malaya dengan tajuk Terang Bulan.
Sebenarnya, irama lagu Terang Bulan ini sama seperti lagu Mamula Moon yang berasal dari ‘Island of Mahe’ di Seychelles, tempat tinggal Sultan Perak suatu masa dahulu. Kumpulan-kumpulan kugiran Perancis selalu membuat persembahan dengan irama ni. Pakar sejarah percaya bahawa lagu Mamula Moon dicipta oleh Pierre Jean de Beranger yang mendapat ilham daripada karya para penyair Perancis pada abad ke-19.
          Warriors book Cosafa Castle Cup quarterfinal place after beating Seychelles 6-0   

The Warriors booked their place into the quarterfinals of the 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup following a 6-0 win over the Seychelles. Ovidy Karuru who clinched the man of the match award again scored a hat-trick. Ocean Mushure scored twice and Prince Dube scored a goal. Zimbabwe will now face Swaziland in the quarterfinals. More: Soccer24

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          Cosafa Castle Cup: Warriors starting line up against Seychelles   

Takabva Mawaya (Ngezi Platinum Stars) Eric Chipeta (Ajax Cape Town) Honest Moyo (Highlanders) Jimmy Tigere (Harare City) Gerald Takwara (FC Platinum) Innocent Mucheneka (Chicken Inn) Michelle Katsvairo (Kaizer Chiefs) Ovidy Karuru (AmaZulu) Raphael Manuvire (ZPC Kariba) Liberty Chakoroma (Ngezi Platinum Stars) Prince Dube (Highlanders)

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          Warriors file complaint against ref, to play against Seychelles under protest   

The Warriors’ technical team has filed an official complaint over poor match officiating by referee Joshua Bondo in the group B match against Madagascar on Wednesday. The Warriors technical team state that they were denied two clear penalties in a space of two minutes in incidents involving Raphael Manuvire and Ovidy Karuru. They also highlighted various contradictions between […]

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          Commenti su COSAFA Cup, i pronostici di Mozambico-Zimbawe e Madagascar-Seychelles di sir93   
proprio under tra monzambico e zimbawe... 0-4....
          Airline Alliances You May Not Have Heard Of   

Most of us are familiar with Star Alliance, OneWorld, and SkyTeam, which were founded in 1997, 1999, and 2000, respectively. They allow member airlines to offer connections to more destinations, as well as other perks like reciprocal elite status benefits and the ability to earn and redeem frequent flyer miles on partner airlines.

More recently, three new alliances have cropped up. For the most part, they don't really resemble the alliances we all know and love (or love to hate). Their networks tend to be regional rather than global, and there aren't many benefits that passengers will notice.

Still, it may be worth keeping an eye on these, as more unaffiliated airlines (especially low-cost carriers) start to join forces.

         

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          Incontri di un Obiettore di Crescita    
"Crescita, crescita"
è la parola magica pronunciata a sazietà
per salvarci da crisi che non cessano di succedersi...

Questo per la pretesa dell'uomo di credere di poter sfruttare senza limiti i suoi simili e il pianeta e di aver creato un modello destinato a generare sempre maggior ricchezza, sempre maggiore felicità.

Tuttavia, a partire dalle tesi di Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen, noi sappiamo che ciò non è possibile, mentre Ivan Illich e André Gorz ci hanno insegnato che è possibile un altro schema di società, capace di rispettare insieme l'ambiente e l'uomo.

Gli "incontri" di Latouche sono con gli indios latinoamericani, con l'autarchia italiana tra le due guerre, con i precursori della decrescita, con la mercificazione dei viaggi alle Seychelles, con l'Africa, con la Cina e con i dibattiti e le esperienze in corso in Europa.

L'opera ha un andamento quasi biografico con il susseguirsi di avvenimenti, esperienze e riflessioni.

Prefazione di Patrick Piro.


          Human Rights Watch Country Profiles: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity   

The following are excerpts from the Human Rights Watch 2017 World Report  that relate to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. The report, released in January 2017, documented events of 2016. In some cases, we have added updates from the first half of 2017.

The countries are all listed below in alphabetical order. This compilation is not comprehensive. If a country is not listed, that means there was no mention of LGBTI/SOGI issues for that country in the 2017 World Report. For example, many of the smaller Caribbean countries and some African countries are omitted due to research limitations, but most have anti-LGBT laws on the books and pervasive homophobia and transphobia. On the other hand, several countries that are not included here made progress in the 2016-2017 period: Belize, Nauru and the Seychelles all decriminalized consensual same-sex conduct, for example. Human Rights Watch has only recently begun investigating the rights of intersex people, so there are few references to intersex rights.

This is a living document which will be updated regularly to reflect new events and further Human Rights Watch research.

Last updated: June 23, 2017

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Argentina

In 2010, Argentina became the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage. The Civil Marriage Law allows same-sex couples to enter into civil marriages and affords them the legal protections of marriage enjoyed by opposite sex couples, including adoption rights and pension benefits. Since 2010, nearly 15,000 same-sex couples have married nationwide. In 2012, the landmark Gender Identity Law established the right of individuals over the age of 18 to choose their gender identity, undergo gender reassignment, and revise official documents without any prior judicial or medical approval.

Armenia

Activists reported that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LBGTI) people face discrimination, harassment, and violence. The government has not addressed hate speech or discrimination against LGBTI people. Gender identity and sexual orientation are not included as protected grounds in anti-discrimination or hate speech laws, limiting legal recourse for many crimes against LGBTI people. Following the October 2015 Rainbow forum, organized by Armenian LGBTI-friendly groups to discuss protection and promotion of minority rights, anonymous people targeted some participants with intimidation and threats, mostly on social media, including to burn and kill them. Authorities refused to launch a criminal investigation into the threats, citing lack of evidence. In June 2016, the LGBT rights group, PINK Armenia, published a survey revealing that 90 percent of the population is hostile to LGBTI people and support limits on their rights. In July 2016, PINK Armenia released a report documenting 46 cases of violence and discrimination against LGBTI people in 2015. The government has not taken meaningful steps to combat stereotypes and discrimination against LGBTI people.

Australia

Australia does not recognize the right of same-sex couples to marry. The Australian government announced a plebiscite on the right of same-sex couples to marry, but political opponents blocked it, arguing a plebiscite is expensive and wasteful and that the issue should be determined by a parliamentary free vote.

Australia continued its policy of intercepting asylum seekers and forcibly transferring them to Nauru and, until 2016, to Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Asylum seekers or refugees perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex (LGBTI) face harassment and abuse despite the recent decriminalization of same-sex conduct in Nauru. In Papua New Guinea, such conduct remains criminalized.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh witnessed a spate of violent attacks against secular bloggers, academics, gay rights activists, foreigners, and members of religious minorities in 2016. Prominent gay activists Xulhaz Mannan, the founder of Roopbaan, Bangladesh’s first lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) magazine, and Mahbub Rabby Tonoy, the general secretary of the group, were  murdered in April. Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) claimed responsibility for the killings. Fearing for their lives, many LGBT activists sought temporary refuge outside the country.

“Carnal intercourse against the order of nature” carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. In May 2017, police raided a private gathering of gay and bisexual men, and allegedly paraded them in front of media, exposing them to their families and the public. Authorities said they declined to press charges under the colonial-era sodomy law because they did not catch the men in the act of sexual intercourse. The government has twice rejected recommendations to repeal the colonial-era law during its Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council. The Bangladesh cabinet in 2014 declared legal recognition of a third gender category for hijras—a traditional cultural identity for transgender people who, assigned male at birth, do not identify as men—but the absence of a definition of the term or procedure for gaining recognition of third gender status led to abuses in implementation of the legal change. In June and July 2015, a group of hijras were subjected to harassment and invasive and abusive physical examinations at a government hospital as a requirement to join a government employment program. The Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission in 2017 agreed with LGBT civil society groups to establish a desk at the commission for reporting SOGI-related issues.

Belarus

Parliament adopted a vaguely worded bill in May 2016 on “protecting children from information harmful for their health and development.” These provisions may be used to restrict dissemination of neutral or positive information about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people as “discrediting the institution of the family.”

Bolivia

In May 2016, the Plurinational Assembly passed a bill that allows people to revise the gender noted on their identification documents without prior judicial approval. Same-sex couples in Bolivia are not allowed to marry or engage in civil unions. The 2009 constitution defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo Open Centre, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights organization, documented 23 cases of hate speech and incitement of violence and hate and two crimes and incidents motivated by prejudice on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity in the first three months of 2016. The reaction of authorities to these incidents is generally inadequate. There was no progress in police investigations into the 2014 attack on a film festival that Sarajevo Open Centre organized.

In its annual progress on Bosnia and Herzegovina published in November, the European Commission highlighted the failure of authorities to amend the constitution, in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights and to implement rulings by the Constitutional Court. The report also identified inadequate legal protection for LGBTI persons and the failure of authorities to protect adequately the rights of minorities and to ensure media freedom.

Brazil

Brazil’s Supreme Court approved same-sex marriage in 2011 and it upheld the right of same-sex couples to adopt children in 2015. But the Chamber of Deputies was, at time of writing, debating a bill that would define a family as a union between a man and a woman. The national Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office received 1,983 complaints of violence, discrimination, and other abuses experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in 2015. In the first half of 2016 the ombudsman received 879 such complaints.

Burma

Burma’s national penal code criminalizes consensual same-sex behavior between adult men. In recent years police have arrested gay men and transgender women assembling in public places, and politicians have called for the “education” of gay people.

Cameroon

Cameroon’s penal code punishes “sexual relations between persons of the same sex” with up to five years in prison. The law is regularly enforced, and in previous years, the Cameroonian authorities have subjected men arrested under this law to forced anal examinations. Although the number of arrests appeared to decrease for several years, activists reported a new uptick in arrests and prosecutions in 2016.

Chile

A “civil union” bill presented by former President Sebastián Piñera in 2011 that provides legal recognition and protection for same-sex couples became law in April 2015 and went into effect in October 2015. In September 2016, the Senate Human Rights Commission approved a bill to recognize the gender identity of transgender people, with a Senate vote expected in December.

China

China has no law protecting people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, and there is no legal recognition of same-sex partnership. Possibly because their activism is not considered threatening to the state, LGBT individuals enjoyed some success advancing legal cases in 2016. In January, a Hunan court heard a case filed by Sun Wenlin against the local Bureau of Civil Affairs, which had refused to marry Sun and his male partner. Though the court ruled against Sun in April, his case—the first gay marriage lawsuit accepted by Chinese courts—attracted wide media attention. In June, a Henan court accepted a case filed by Yu Hu against a mental health hospital that had subjected him to 19 days of involuntary “therapy” to “cure” his homosexuality. Also in June, a Guangdong university student, Qiu Bai, sued the provincial education department over textbooks that depict homosexuality as an illness. Qiu filed a similar suit in 2015, though she withdrew it later because the department had promised to look into the matter. She decided to sue again after the authorities’ pledge failed to materialize. In June, China voted against a UN resolution creating an expert post dedicated to addressing violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Colombia

In September 2016, the Council of the State—one of Colombia’s high courts—annulled the 2012 re-election of Alejandro Ordoñez as the country’s inspector general and dismissed him from office. Under Colombian law, the inspector general is charged with protecting human rights, but during his seven years in office, Ordoñez repeatedly sought to undermine the rights of women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

In recent years, authorities in Colombia have taken several steps to recognize the rights of LGBT people. In June 2015, the Justice Ministry issued a decree allowing people to revise the gender noted on their identification documents without prior judicial approval. In November 2015, the Constitutional Court ruled that sexual orientation could not be used to prohibit someone from adopting a child, although a legislative proposal to hold a referendum on this issue remained pending at time of writing. In April 2016, the Constitutional Court upheld the right of same-sex couples to marry. In October 2016, FARC leaders met with conservative politicians and agreed to promote a definition of the family as formed by a man and a woman. The FARC backtracked after meeting with LGBT representatives days later. Conservative politicians and evangelist leaders had attacked the peace agreement claiming that it would “destroy families.” Between January and June 2016, the Ombudsman’s Office received 89 reports of cases of violence against LGBTI people.

Cote d’Ivoire

No law prohibits discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity, or intersex status. Côte d’Ivoire does not criminalize same-sex conduct, but the criminal code establishes higher penalties for same-sex couples convicted of public acts of indecency. Two men were in November convicted of public indecency and sentenced to three-month prison terms after being accused of same-sex sexual acts. Two gay men were assaulted in June 2016 after a photo was published of them signing a book of condolences to the victims of a shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida, US.

Croatia

In February, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled that Croatia discriminated on grounds of sexual orientation against a woman from Bosnia and Herzegovina, by denying her the right to a residence permit in Croatia to join her female partner.

Ecuador

In 2016, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled against Ecuador in a case determining that it is discriminatory to punish officers who allegedly have homosexual sex on military installations.

Egypt

Sexual relations outside marriage are criminalized. Since 2013, authorities have pursued a campaign to intimidate, track, and arrest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, including entrapment using social media applications. Police regularly used forced anal examinations in prosecutions of those suspected of homosexual sex. Solidarity With Egypt LGBTQ+, an advocacy group, said it had recorded 114 criminal investigations involving 274 LGBT individuals launched between the end of 2013 and November 2016, 66 of which involved the authorities’ use of social media.

Estonia

The government failed to adopt amendments that would allow the Co-Habitation Act to fully enter into force in 2016. The act is progressive legislation that extends the rights of marriage to unmarried—including same-sex—couples, encompassing, among other things, child adoption and property rights.

Gambia

The government continued to resist calls to repeal laws that criminalize homosexuality, including an October 2014 law that introduced a series of new “aggravated homosexuality” offenses that impose sentences of up to life in prison. The criminalization of same-sex conduct leaves lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Gambians at risk of arbitrary arrest and detention, although fewer arrests and physical abuse of LGBT Gambians were reported in 2016.

Georgia

In August, President Giorgi Margvelashvili blocked a referendum bid on defining marriage as a union of a man and a woman, saying that the issue is already covered in the civil code. Kvirikashvili vowed to pursue a constitutional definition of marriage after the October elections, arguing that this would help counter alleged Western efforts to spread same-sex marriage “propaganda” in Georgia. Local rights groups feared this effort would further marginalize the LGBT community and intensify anti-LGBT prejudice. Authorities declined a request by LGBT activists to hold an event to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) on Tbilisi’s main thoroughfare, stating it was already booked for a procession by Orthodox groups to mark Family Day, an annual event established by the Orthodox Church in 2014. Activists refused to celebrate IDAHO in the alternative venue offered. The Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group (WISG), a local LGBTI rights group, said it documented almost 20 cases of attacks against transgender people in 2016. In October, a transgender woman was beaten and stabbed in what rights groups suspected was a hate crime. Police arrested a suspect on attempted murder charges, and the public defender urged authorities to examine a possible hate motive.

Honduras

Rampant crime and impunity for human rights abuses remain the norm in Honduras. Despite a downward trend in recent years, the murder rate is among the highest in the world. Journalists, peasant activists, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals are among those most vulnerable to violence.

In June 2016, several United Nations agencies working in Honduras urged the government to investigate killings of LGBTI activists and noted that sexual violence against LGBTI individuals forces them into “internal displacement” or to flee the country in search of international protection.

Hungary

In August 2016, a lower court sentenced a right-wing extremist to 10 years’ imprisonment for violent attacks between 2007 and 2009, including throwing Molotov cocktails at the homes of socialist MPs and an attack on a gay bar in Budapest.

In July, the ECtHR ruled that Hungary had arbitrarily detained an Iranian gay man and failed to take into account his vulnerability in detention arising from his sexual orientation.

India

In February 2016, the Supreme Court of India allowed a challenge to section 377 of the penal code to proceed, referring the case to a five-judge bench. The colonial-era provision, which the court had upheld in 2013, criminalizes same-sex relations between adults. In June, several well-known LGBT professionals filed a petition in Supreme Court arguing that section 377 violates the right to life and personal liberty, but the Supreme Court deferred the petition to the Chief Justice. In August, the government introduced a new bill in parliament on the rights of transgender persons. The bill was flawed, however, by provisions that were inconsistent with the 2014 Supreme Court ruling that recognized transgender individuals as a third gender and found them eligible for quotas in jobs and education.

India’s voting record on rights issues at the UN was disappointing. In July, the government abstained on a resolution that created a UN expert post to address discrimination against LGBT persons and voted in favor of amendments to weaken the mandate, saying India’s Supreme Court was still to decide on the issue of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights.

Indonesia

Starting in January 2016, high-ranking Indonesian officials made a series of vitriolic anti-LGBT statements and policy pronouncements, fueling increased threats and at times violent attacks on LGBT activists and individuals. In some cases, the threats and violence occurred in the presence, and with the tacit support, of government officials or security forces. State institutions, including the National Broadcasting Commission and the National Child Protection Commission, issued censorship directives banning information and broadcasts that portrayed the lives of LGBT people as “normal” as well as so-called propaganda about LGBT lives. Ministries proposed discriminatory and regressive anti-LGBT laws. An ongoing case in the Constitutional Court is considering a petition that proposed amending the criminal code to criminalize sex outside of marriage and same-sex sexual relations. During the initial hearings, the petitioners—led by a group called the Family Love Alliance—put forward ill-informed and bigoted testimony similar to the anti-LGBT rhetoric espoused by Indonesian officials and politicians earlier that year. The government, the respondent in the case, said criminalizing sex out of wedlock would make “the sinner a criminal, and the government authoritarian,” a view echoed in testimony by the National Commission on Violence Against Women and other groups opposed to the petition. At time of writing the court had not yet ruled on the petition. While president Joko Widodo, or “Jokowi” in October 2016 declared that police must protect LGBT people and not discriminate against them, he failed to uphold that principle in action. In 2017, police raided at least two private gatherings of gay and bisexual men on the pretense of the discriminatory anti-pornography law, which construes gay sex as “deviant” and prescribes increased punishments for it, and Sharia police publicly flogged two gay men for private, consensual sex in Aceh province.

Iran

Under Iranian law, many nonviolent crimes, such as “insulting the Prophet,” apostasy, same-sex relations, adultery, and drug-related offenses, are punishable by death.

In March, the United Nations Children’s Rights Committee noted that flogging was still a lawful punishment for boys and girls convicted of certain crimes. The committee noted reports that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) children had been subjected to electric shocks to “cure” them.

Iraq

ISIS’s Diwan al-Hisba (Moral Policing Administration) and online media apparatuses have publicly announced 27 executions of allegedly gay men, at least nine of them in Iraq. The main method ISIS used to execute these men has been to throw them off the roofs of high-rise buildings.

Iraq’s penal code does not prohibit same-sex intimacy, although article 394 makes it illegal to engage in extra-marital sexual relations. Due to the fact that the law does not expressly allow same-sex marriage, it effectively prohibits all same-sex relations. In July 2016 Moqtada al-Sadr, the prominent Shia opposition cleric, stated that although same-sex relationships are not acceptable, individuals who do not conform to gender norms suffer from “psychological problems,” and should not be attacked.

Israel/Palestine

There are different legal systems in occupied Palestinian Territory. The British Mandate Criminal Code Ordinance, No. 74 of 1936 is in force in Gaza. In the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, the Jordanian Penal Code of 1960 applies, and does not contain provisions prohibiting adult consensual same-sex conduct. In Gaza, having “unnatural intercourse” of a sexual nature, understood to include same-sex relationships, is a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison. In February 2016, Hamas’s armed wing executed one of its fighters ostensibly for “behavioral and moral violations,” which Hamas officials acknowledged meant same-sex relations.

Italy

As of May 2016, same-sex couples may have their relationships legally recognized as civil unions, though they do not have the right to adopt.

Japan

A bipartisan parliamentary group established in March 2015 continued to discuss legislation to address discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, but at time of writing it had yet to come up with an agreed draft bill. Japanese law treats those requesting legal recognition as transgender as having a “Gender Identity Disorder” and requires obtaining such medical diagnosis. It also requires forced sterilization, compulsory single status, not having any underage children, and being 20 years or older. While same-sex marriage is not legally recognized in Japan, Tokyo’s Shibuya ward in April 2015 became the first municipality to pass a regulation recognizing same-sex partnerships, with more municipalities recognizing such partnerships in 2016 and 2017. Bullying is a problem in Japanese schools generally, and particularly so against LGBT students. In April 2016, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) for the first time released a guidebook for teachers regarding sexual orientation and gender identity. And in 2017, MEXT announced amendments to the national bullying prevention policy to include specific mention of LGBT students for the first time.

Jamaica

Jamaica is moving toward a revision of its rape law, which currently defines rape as the penetration of the vagina with the penis without consent. A proposal has been floated for a new law that is gender neutral. The absence of a gender-neutral rape law has been put forth in the past by politicians as justification for retaining Jamaica’s colonial-era “buggery” law, which criminalizes both consensual and non-consensual sex between men. The possible promulgation of a gender-neutral law on rape or sexual assault may therefore be a first step toward decriminalization of consensual same-sex conduct.

Kazakhstan

Surveys of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people reveal that many hide their sexual orientation or gender identity—including to healthcare providers—out of fear of reprisals or discrimination. When LGBT people report abuse, they often face indifference and hostility from authorities. Transgender people must undergo humiliating and invasive procedures—including coerced sterilization—to change gender on official documents. Without identity documents, transgender people struggle to access employment, healthcare, and education. The UN Human Rights Committee called on the government to end discrimination and violence against LGBT people and review gender-reassignment surgery procedures.

Kenya

Kenya’s penal code prohibits “carnal knowledge against the order of nature,” generally understood as consensual sex between men, and “indecent practices between males.” Civil society organizations and activists filed two landmark constitutional petitions against these sections in April and June 2016, arguing that the laws violate constitutional rights, including the rights to equality and nondiscrimination, human dignity, freedom and security of the person, privacy, and health. Kenya continued the prosecution of two men on charges of “carnal knowledge” after police arbitrarily arrested them in Kwale County in February 2015. The case remained open but was suspended pending the ruling of a constitutional petition filed by the two men, asserting that state officials had violated their rights by subjecting them to a forced anal examination. The High Court rejected the petition on the grounds that the men consented to the examination, ignoring that the men were in police custody and not able to provide free and informed consent. The men have appealed the ruling. The government appealed a 2015 High Court decision ordering the Non-Governmental Organizations Board to register the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC), a civil society group. Parties were awaiting a hearing date at time of writing. The Kenya Film Classification Board overstepped its jurisdiction in asking YouTube to remove a locally produced video addressing same-sex relationships, prohibiting an alleged lesbian speed-dating event, and attempting to ban a podcast with alleged lesbian content.

In May 2017, the Attorney General established a “Taskforce on Policy, Legal, Institutional and Administrative Reforms Regarding Intersex Persons in Kenya.” Its mandate includes to “recommend comprehensive reforms to safeguard the interests of intersex persons.” The secretariat of the task force is based at the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights. The task force will be open to receiving submissions on best practices from around the world, and there is a strong possibility that it will result in the establishment of policies that protect the rights of intersex people. While it will not directly address SOGI related rights, the task force may produce a rights-based framework around intersex people with aspects that will be transferrable to the advancement of LGBT rights.

Kyrgyzstan

LGBT people in Kyrgyzstan experience ill-treatment, extortion, and discrimination by both state and non-state actors. There is widespread impunity for these abuses. On May 24, 2016, the law, order and fighting crime parliamentary committee returned Kyrgyzstan’s anti-LGBT bill, which would ban “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations,” for a repeat second reading, where it then stalled. The bill appears aimed at silencing anyone seeking to openly share information about same-sex relations in Kyrgyzstan. Following a live debate on LGBT rights on national television, Kyrgyzstan’s State Committee on National Security on June 14 summoned the editor-in-chief of Kloop.kg, an online media portal, for questioning about its coverage of the show. The television’s supervisory board also formally reprimanded its general director for airing the content. Also in June, Kyrgyzstan voted against a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council establishing the mandate of an independent expert to address violence and discrimination against LGBT people.

Latvia

According to Latvian LGBT activists, the authorities used a 2015 law on “constitutional morality education” to censor discussion about LGBT people in at least two schools in 2016.

Lebanon

Sexual relations outside of marriage—adultery and fornication—are criminalized under Lebanon’s penal code. Furthermore, article 534 of the penal code punishes “any sexual intercourse contrary to the order of nature” with up to one year in prison. In recent years, authorities conducted raids to arrest persons allegedly involved in same-sex conduct, some of whom were subjected to torture including forced anal examinations. In February 2016, a Syrian refugee, arrested by Lebanese Military Intelligence officers apparently on suspicion he was gay, was allegedly tortured while detained at Military Intelligence, Ministry of Defense, Military Police, and Jounieh police centers. In January 2017, a judge in Metn challenged the legal basis of the arrest of men for same-sex conduct, declaring that homosexuality is “not a criminal offence,” although under Lebanon’s legal system, the ruling does not create a binding precedent.

Malaysia

Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people is pervasive in Malaysia. Article 377A of the penal code criminalizes same-sex activity between men with punishments of up to 20 years in prison and whipping. Numerous Sharia-based laws and regulations prohibiting a “man posing as a woman,” sexual relations between women, and sexual relations between men effectively criminalize LGBT people.

Both government and private actors attempted to limit expression in support of LGBT rights. In February 2017, JAKIM (the Ministry for Islamic Development) endorsed so-called “conversion therapy,” claiming that gays should seek guidance from God, “repent,” and enter into heterosexual marriages. In March, the Film Censorship Board demanded that Disney edit out four minutes of the children’s film “Beauty and the Beast” because of a “gay moment.” Disney refused to make any cuts to the film, and the board eventually backed down and allowed the unedited film to be screened in Malaysia. In May, Taylor’s University in Subang Jaya canceled a three-day Pride celebration organized by Pelangi, an LGBT rights organization. In June, the Ministry of Health, in response to strident criticism from activists and the general public, reframed the terms of a youth video competition on sexual and reproductive health, removing language and criteria that stigmatized LGBT identities in favor of language that appears to affirm them.

In February 2017 Sameera, a transgender woman, was murdered in Kuantan. In June, an 18-year-old in Penang, T. Nhaveen, died after a group of teenagers allegedly beat and raped him while taunting him with insults such as “pondan,” a derogatory Malay term for an effeminate male, a gay male, or a transgender woman.

Mexico

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Mexico City since 2010. Since then, nine states have legalized it; in 2015, the Supreme Court opened the door to recognition in all states by ruling that the definition of marriage as a union only between a man and a woman constitutes discrimination and thus violates Mexico’s Constitution. In May 2016, President Peña Nieto introduced a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, to remove sexual orientation and gender identity as barriers to adoption, and to recognize gender identity through the reissuance of birth notices, without a doctor’s involvement. Two committees in the Chamber of Deputies voted against the initiative in November.

Morocco/Western Sahara

Moroccan courts continued to jail persons for same-sex conduct under article 489 of the penal code, which prohibits “lewd or unnatural acts with an individual of the same sex.” A Beni Mellal court convicted two men of homosexuality after a group of youths on March 9 burst into the home of one and pushed the two men naked into the street, filming the assault and later posting the clip online. The two men were freed after spending one month in prison; in April, a court imposed prison terms on two of their attackers. On October 27, police in Marrakesh arrested two girls aged 16 and 17 who were reported for cuddling in a private home. They were jailed for one week and charged under article 489, then provisionally released. In December, they were acquitted.

Authorities require but often refuse to issue permits for foreign broadcast media to film in Morocco. On April 3, police detained and then expelled a crew of the French news program “Le Petit Journal” as it tried to film in a neighborhood of Beni Mellal where the abovementioned gay-bashing assault had taken place.

Nepal

In line with a 2007 Supreme Court decision and a subsequent court order, the government in 2015 began issuing passports in three genders: “male,” “female,” and “other.” Some with “other” passports have successfully traveled abroad with their travel documents recognized by foreign governments. The new constitution recognizes that citizenship is available in three genders, and protects “gender and sexual minorities” in clauses related to equality before the law and social justice. Activists remain frustrated with the lack of implementation of a Supreme Court-mandated committee recommendation that the government recognize same-sex relationships.

Netherlands

At the start of 2016, NGOs reported threats and discrimination against LGBT asylum seekers at asylum facilities, and a Dutch independent monitoring body, the Dutch Board for Protection of Human Rights, found in February that LGBT asylum seekers at a large facility face discrimination.

Nigeria

The passage of the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, SSMPA in January 2014, has far reaching effects on members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The law is used to legitimize abuses against LGBT people, including mob violence, sexual abuse, unlawful arrests, torture and extortion by police. On February 13, the police arrested a homosexual couple in the federal capital for allegedly attempting to conduct a wedding. The wedding sponsors and the hotel venue owner were also arrested. The penalty for entering into a gay marriage under the SSMPA is 14 years. Ironically, former President Jonathan who defied global pressure before signing the bill into law, said belatedly in June 2016 that “with the clear knowledge that the issue of sexual orientation is still evolving, the nation may, at the appropriate time, revisit the law.”

In November 2015, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights urged the Nigerian government to review the SSMPA in order to prohibit violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and ensure access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care services for LGBT individuals.

Pakistan

In 2009, Pakistan’s Supreme Court called for improved police response to cases involving transgender people, and to ensure the rights of transgender people to basic education, employment, and protection. However, despite the court order, violent attacks on transgender and intersex women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province surged in 2016, with unknown assailants frequently targeting those involved in activism. Official responses have been inadequate. Human rights groups in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have recorded dozens of threats to, and attacks on, people and property, including abuses while in police custody. In September 2016, the National Commission for Human Rights called on the government to investigate the attacks, and in 2016 and 2017 local governments and parliament hearings reflected an increased amount of attention to the plight of transgender women—including a unanimous resolution in the Khyber Pakhdunkhwa assembly calling for voting rights for transgender people.

Papua New Guinea

The PNG criminal code outlaws sex “against the order of nature,” which has been interpreted to apply to consensual same-sex acts, and is punishable by up to 14 years’ imprisonment. Gay asylum seekers on Manus Island have reported being shunned, sexually abused, or assaulted by other asylum seekers.

In May, during the periodic review of PNG’s human rights record at the UN Human Rights Council, countries made more than 150 recommendations on sues including ratification of international treaties, establishing a national human rights commission, promoting gender equality, addressing domestic violence and sorcery-related violence, decriminalizing consensual same-sex relations, and abolishing or placing a moratorium on the death penalty. In September, PNG responded that it would ratify all core human rights treaties “on the basis of priorities” and that, while there are challenges to implementing reforms, it is committed to establishing a human rights commission, improving gender equality, and addressing domestic violence and sorcery-related violence. It also noted, however, that “LGBT is currently not a priority of the Government” and that the “death penalty is in our national law, however despite this, the current government directive is not to implement until further directions are issued.”

Peru

In March 2015, Congress rejected a bill to recognize civil unions for same-sex couples. In September 2016, a Congressional supporter of President Kuczynski announced that he would introduce a new legislative proposal to recognize same-sex civil unions.

People in Peru are required to appear before a judge in order to revise the gender noted on their identification documents. In an August 2016 report, the human rights ombudsman noted that courts had rejected most of these requests, often applying inconsistent criteria.

Philippines

The House of Representatives began consideration of House Bill 267, the “Anti SOGI (Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity) Discrimination Act” in June 2016. If approved, it will criminalize discrimination in the employment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, and prohibit schools from refusing to register or expelling students on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Senate has introduced companion legislation, Senate Bill No. 935, otherwise known as the Anti-Discrimination Bill (ADB), which had its first hearing in August. House Bill 267 will also sensitize police and law enforcement officers on LGBT issues and train them to attend to complaints. These initiatives are essential given that LGBT rights advocacy groups have warned that hate crimes against LGBT people are on the rise and that the Philippines has recorded the highest number of murders of transgender individuals in Southeast Asia since 2008. The bill would also prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination in access to health care.

Russia

Authorities continued to implement discriminatory policies and laws against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. In March, police found journalist and theater critic Dmitry Tsilikin dead in his St. Petersburg apartment from stab wounds. The perpetrator, arrested a week later, confessed that he planned to blackmail Tsilikin about his homosexuality, but killed him during a confrontation. The police did not categorize the killing as a hate crime. In January, a court in Murmansk, northwestern Russia, found LGBT activist Sergei Alekseenko guilty of violating the discriminatory “gay propaganda” law which prohibits allowing children access to positive information about LGBT relationships. The court called several publications on the website of an LGBT organization formerly run by Alekseenko “gay propaganda” and fined him 100,000 rubles (US$1,300). Authorities continued legal action against Deti-404, an online support group for LGBT children. In April, a court in the Siberian town of Barnaul ruled to ban the website. As of November, Deti 404’s website remained blocked. In September, a court in Siberia ruled to block BlueSystem.ru, a highly popular LGBT news site. As of November, the site was blocked.

In February 2017 and stretching through at least the first week in April, law enforcement and security officials in Russia’s Chechen Republic launched an unprecedented anti-gay purge. They rounded up dozens of men on suspicion of being gay, held them in unofficial detention facilities for days, humiliated, starved, and tortured them. They forcibly disappeared some of the men. Others were returned to their families barely alive from beatings. Their captors exposed them to their families as gay and encouraged their relatives to carry out so-called “honor killings.” Although Chechnya’s leader, Ramzan Kadyrov has denied the round-ups, there is evidence that high-level officials in Chechnya sanctioned them. Russia’s federal government pledged to investigate, but intense and well-founded fear of official retaliation and honor killings, and overwhelming stigma will prevent many victims from coming forward.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has no written laws concerning sexual orientation or gender identity, but judges use principles of uncodified Islamic law to sanction people suspected of committing sexual relations outside marriage, including adultery, extramarital and homosexual sex, or other “immoral” acts. If such activity occurs online, judges and prosecutors utilize vague provisions of the country’s anti-cybercrime law that criminalize online activity impinging on “public order, religious values, public morals, and privacy.” In February 2016, the Saudi Gazette reported that the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution is considering requesting the death penalty for anyone “using social media to solicit homosexual acts.”

In February 2017, Saudi police arrested 35 Pakistani citizens, some of whom were transgender women. One of them died in detention. Her family said her body bore signs of torture, while the Saudi authorities said she had died of a heart attack.

Serbia (Kosovo)

Attacks and harassment of human rights defenders continued. According to local LGBT and human rights organizations, the majority of attacks and threats against members of the LGBT community go unreported with only known LGBT activists filing complaints. In June, in Vojvodina in Northeast Serbia, an LGBT activist was attacked and kicked in the head by four unidentified perpetrators. No one had been prosecuted at time of writing. In August, LGBT activist Boban Stojanovic, one of the Belgrade Pride organizers, was punched and called a “fag” in downtown Belgrade by two unidentified men. Police were investigating at time of writing. Hundreds of police officers deployed in Belgrade to protect the LGBT Pride march in September, which occurred without violence. This was a marked improvement from previous years when protesters attacked the parade, or the government had cancelled the event citing security concerns instead of providing adequate security.

The Kosovo Constitution protects against sexual orientation-based discrimination and a 2015 anti-discrimination law enumerates protections for both sexual orientation and gender identity; however, implementation remains weak.

Singapore

The rights of Singapore’s LGBT community are severely restricted. Sexual relations between two male persons remains a criminal offense, and there are no legal protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Media Development Authority effectively prohibits all positive depictions of LGBT lives on television or radio. The annual Pink Dot Festival in support of LGBT rights celebrated its eighth year in Hong Lim Park in June 2016, supported by the sponsorship of corporations including Google, Barclays, J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, BP, Bloomberg, Twitter, Apple, and Facebook. A few days after the event, the Ministry of Home Affairs warned multinational companies to stop funding the event, saying such support constitutes “foreign interference” with domestic affairs. In October, the Ministry of Home Affairs announced that, under newly promulgated rules, any entity that is not incorporated in Singapore and does not have a majority of Singapore citizens on its board is now required to apply for a permit to sponsor an event in Hong Lim Park.

Associations of more than 10 people are required to register with the government, and the Registrar of Societies has broad authority to deny registration if he determines the group could be “prejudicial to public peace, welfare or good order.” The Registrar of Societies has refused to allow any lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transsexual (LGBT) organization to register as a society on the ground that “it is contrary to the public interest to grant legitimacy to the promotion of homosexual activities or viewpoints.”

All films and videos shown in Singapore must be pre-approved by the Board of Film Censors. Theater productions must also obtain a license under the Public Entertainment and Meetings Act, and to do so must submit their scripts for approval. In June 2016, a production of “Les Miserables” was forced to delete a scene containing a same-sex kiss.

South Africa

South Africa has a progressive constitution that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and protects the human rights of LGBTI people. The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has taken significant steps to improve coordination between government and civil society in combatting violence (including rape and murder) against lesbians and transgender men. On September 6, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced that due to widespread homophobic attitudes within South African society, and to protect the rights of LGBTI people, homophobic US pastor Steven Anderson and members of his church were banned from entering the country because they promote hate speech and advocate social violence. He said constitutional and legislative guarantees, including the rights of LGBTI persons, must be respected by all. Domestic LGBTI groups lauded the decision. In June 2017, at the 8th South African AIDS Conference, the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) launched the national HIV framework for LGBTI people. South Africa is the first country in the world to launch an HIV framework specifically for LGBT people as part of its national strategic plan. The objective is to “reverse the burden of disease from HIV, STIs and TB and to promote a rights and evidence-based environment for LGBTI people in South Africa.”

Some of South Africa’s votes at the United Nations were contrary to the country’s stated human rights principles. For example, in July, South Africa voted against a UN Human Rights Council resolution on the protection of human rights on the internet and abstained on a key HRC vote to appoint an independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity. The abstention went against the country’s strong constitutional protections and domestic laws around sexual orientation and gender identity. But on November 21, in the UN General Assembly committee, South Africa voted to allow Vitit Muntabhorn, the newly appointed UN expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, to continue his work. The vote was taken after the African Group put forward a resolution to stop the operations of the UN expert who was appointed in September by the Human Rights Council.

Sri Lanka

State and non-state discrimination and abuses against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) population persist. Sections 365 and 365A of the Sri Lankan Penal Code prohibit “carnal knowledge against the order of nature” and “gross indecency,” commonly understood in Sri Lanka to criminalize all same-sex relations between consenting adults. Sri Lankan law does not specifically criminalize transgender or intersex people. But no laws ensure that their rights are protected, and police have used several criminal offenses and regulations to target LGBTI people, particularly transgender women and men who have sex with men (MSM) involved in sex work. These include a law against “cheat[ing] by personation,” and the vaguely worded Vagrants’ Ordinance, which prohibits soliciting or committing acts of “gross indecency,” or being “incorrigible rogues” procuring “illicit or unnatural intercourse.” Some trans women and MSM said that repeated harassment by police, including instances of arbitrary detention and mistreatment, had eroded their trust in Sri Lankan authorities, and made it unlikely that they would report a crime. Several people also reported discriminatory treatment at the hands of medical authorities, leading many transgender people to self-medicate rather than seeking professional assistance.

Syria

News reports in 2016 indicate that ISIS continues to execute men accused of homosexuality. In one reported case from Deir al-Zour governorate, a 15-year-old boy was thrown from a building in January 2016 after he was accused of being gay. At least 25 men have been murdered by ISIS in Syria on suspicion of homosexuality or for sodomy, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Tanzania

Tanzanian law criminalizes consensual sexual conduct between adult males, with a penalty of 30 years to life in prison, one of the most severe punishments for same-sex intimacy in the world. Zanzibar has slightly different laws but criminalizes both male homosexual conduct and lesbianism. The laws are rarely applied, but police and other authorities use them as a pretext to extort, abuse and marginalize LGBTI people. 

Under the government of John Magufuli, Tanzania has seen an unprecedented crackdown on LGBT people. The government has shut down HIV outreach services and drop-in centers targeting men who have sex with men (MSM); banned the import of water-based lubricants, an important HIV prevention tool; and threatened to shut down LGBT organizations. Police in Zanzibar arrested nine young men, charged them with homosexual conduct, and subjected them to forced anal examinations at a government hospital in December 2016. They were released on bail, but the cases remain open. Another young man was arrested in Dar es Salaam in March 2017, and was also subjected to a forced anal exam. In June 2017, President Magufuli publicly condemned same-sex relationships.

Tunisia

The penal code punishes consensual same-sex conduct with up to three years in prison. Anal testing is used as the main evidence in order to convict men for homosexuality. In two high-profile cases in 2015, at least seven young men were arrested and subjected to anal examinations by forensic doctors, whose reports were used as evidence to convict them of sodomy and imprison them, even though it is well-documented that such exams lack medical value. On appeal, their sentences were reduced to two months in the first case, and one month in the second.

Tunisia has thus far been unwilling to consider decriminalization of consensual same-sex conduct but, in its 2017 UPR review, accepted a recommendation to end forced anal examinations. This positive development followed months of advocacy from Tunisian and international human rights groups. The United Nations Committee against Torture, in its 2016 evaluation of Tunisia, condemned the use of anal examinations as to prove homosexual conduct. Shortly before the UPR review, the national medical council issued a circular calling on medical personnel to stop conducting anal examinations without consent.

Turkey

Authorities frequently impose arbitrary bans on public assemblies and violently disperse peaceful demonstrations. For the second year running, the Istanbul governor’s office banned the annual Istanbul Gay and Trans Pride marches in June 2016, citing concerns about security threats and public order.

Turkmenistan

Under Turkmen law homosexual conduct is punishable by up to two years in prison. Widespread prejudice leads to homosexuality being treated as a disease, including by medical institutions and judicial authorities. Law enforcement officials and medical personnel subject persons detained and charged with sodomy to forced anal examinations, with the purported objective of finding “proof” of homosexual conduct.

Uganda

After nine years, the Constitutional Court finally ruled in November on a challenge to a limitation on the mandate of the Equal Opportunities Commission, which barred it from investigating any matter involving behavior “considered to be immoral and socially harmful, or unacceptable by the majority of the cultural and social communities in Uganda.” The judges determined the limitation was unconstitutional and violated the right to a fair hearing. Perversely, this provision had meant that the very mechanism designed to protect people from discrimination could blatantly discriminate against women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, sex workers, and anyone else who might not have been perceived to reflect the views of the majority.

Same-sex conduct remains criminalized under Uganda’s colonial-era law, which prohibits “carnal knowledge” among people of the same sex. The new NGO law raises concerns about the criminalization of legitimate advocacy on the rights of LGBTI people. In August, police unlawfully raided a peaceful pageant that was part of Gay Pride celebrations in Kampala. Police locked the venue’s gates, arrested activists, and beat and humiliated hundreds of people, violating rights to association and assembly. Police continue to carry out forced anal examinations on men and transgender women accused of consensual same-sex conduct. These examinations lack evidentiary value and are a form of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment that may amount to torture.

Ukraine

Since 2014, the government has introduced several progressive policies supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, but anti-LGBT sentiment remains strong among high-level government officials and the public. In March 2016, about 200 anti-gay, far-right supporters attacked a venue in Lviv hosting a LGBT equality festival, eventually causing the event to be cancelled. The Kyiv LGBT Pride march held in June took place without the violence against participants that had marred it in previous years. Ultra-nationalist groups had threatened to make the march a “bloody mess.” Around 6,000 police officers protected the 1,500 march participants. The first LGBT Pride march took place in Odesa in August. Local authorities initially attempted to ban it, but relented when organizers changed the route. Police arrested four ultra-nationalists who attempted to disrupt the event. A new draft of the amended labor code does not include an anti-discrimination provision that would protect LGBT people in the workplace.

United Arab Emirates

The UAE’s penal code does not explicitly prohibit homosexuality. However, article 356 of the penal code criminalizes (but does not define) “indecency,” and provid

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Данная заметка навеяна моими наблюдениями за отечественной практикой Интернет-рекламы, а точнее - ее контекстной составляющей. Контекстная реклама - растущий сегмент рынка: растет бюджет и число рекламодателей, а значит повышается роль качества применения данного инструмента. Увы, по моим наблюдениями Рунету есть куда стремиться в этой сфере, но обо всем по порядку.

Преимущества контекстной рекламы
Не буду занимать места, поэтому кратко:
  1. Быстрый и предсказуемый результат (в отличие от поисковой оптимизации);
  2. Географический и языковой таргетинг;
  3. Возможность персонализировать рекламное сообщение;
  4. Возможность персонализировать промо-страницу;
  5. Возможность быстро изменять тактику в зависимости от результатов
    (ключевые слова, рекламное сообщение, промо-страница, цена и бюджет, таргетинг)
Есть менее значимые факторы, но с точки зрения оценки данного рекламного инструмента - данная пятерка ключевая. Добавьте сюда более доступную стоимость запуска данной услуги (в ряде случаев, это возможно сделать силами самой компании, не привлекая внешних контр-агентов) и вы получите эффективный и удобный инструмент для привлечения новых клиентов. Да, контекстная реклама не сравнится с поисковой по потенциальному объему траффика, но как говорится, синица в руке - тоже птица.

К сожалению в Рунете, если вы ради эксперимента попробуете себя в шкуре клиента, ищущего товар или услугу на Яндексе - вы столкнетесь с слабой реализацией данного инструмента.

Для данной заметки, я провел показательный мини-экспиремент: влез в образ туриста, ищущего тур на Сейшелы. Вбил в Яндекс запрос "сейшелы" и начал нажимать на ссылки контекстной рекламы. Что из этого получилось, читайте ниже.

Персонализация фразы и географический таргетинг

Ниже скриншот (нажмите для увеличения), на котором вы видете результаты первой страницы Яндекса по запросу "сейшелы":


Что сразу бросается в глаза?

1. Два сообщения не персонализированы под запрос "Сейшелы":

Сообщение №1 использует упоминание Маврикия. Сообщение между номерами 5 и 6 - вообще не имеет с Сейшелами ничего общего, если не считать, что Маврикий, Мальдивы и Бали - тоже красивые острова. Поэтому данное сообщение я дисквалифицирую, как непрошедшее "квалификационный отбор". Однако, вне конкурса, мы рассмотрим и эту рекламную кампанию чуть ниже.

2. Все шесть сообщений, прошедших квалификацию включаеют в географический таргетинг С.Петербург, при этом ни у одной (это можно узнать нажав на ссылке) из данных компаний нет на сайте (естественно, если изучать поверхностно) питерских представительств или телефонов. Не будучи экспертом в области туристических услуг, сложно предположить насколько клиенты из других городов способны приобрести туры через Москву, думаю в случае с Сейшелами - вполне, однако с точки зрения удобства это минус. И сразу логичный вопрос - где реклама питерских тур-операторов по этому направлению?

Клиент посмотрел объявления, выделил для себя шесть привлекательных ссылок (см. скриншот) и, как "продвинутый" пользователь, открыл все ссылки в новых окнах браузера, попав на так называемые landing pages рекламных кампаний.

Landing Pages или "Желаем Мягкой Посадки!"

Термин Landing Page - можно перевести как "посадочная страница". Дело в том, что в англоязычной практике Интернет-рекламы частенько рекламную кампанию называют flight - полет, соотвественно когда клиент нажимает на баннер или текстовую ссылку, он "приземляется" на веб-страницу рекламодателя, поэтому и появился термин landing page.

На Западе оптимизации Landing Pages посвящены целые исследования, в частности Marketing Sherpa периодически обновляет свой массивный 300-страничный документ о том как правильно создавать посадочные страницы.

Ключевой момент посадочной страницы - это действие (одно или несколько), которое мы хотим получить от пользователя. В случае с сегодняшним кейсом, действием может быть:
  • звонок по телефону для выяснения деталей и/или заказа тура;
  • отправка предварительной заявки (брони) на тур через сайт;
  • подписка на новости турфирмы;
  • использование формы поиска тура или "калькулятора поездки".
При этом, естественно, необходимо отслеживать и измерять достижение этих целей. Звонок легко отслеживается за счет создания отдельного телефонного номера (хотя бы на всю контекстную рекламу, если нет возможности сделать один номер на один регион), а остальные показатели легко отследить с помощью системы веб-аналитики.

Но вернемся к нашим турфирмам, давайте проинспектируем их "посадочные страницы". Каждую из них будем оценивать по следующим критериям:

  1. Соответствие страницы теме рекламной кампании;
  2. Соответствие текста на странице - тексту сообщения;
  3. Ориентация страницы на требуемое от пользователя "действие";
  4. Качественная оценка привлекательности страницы.

Номер 1

Итак, нажав на первую ссылку пользователь "приземлится" на такую страницу (нажмите, чтобы увеличить):



Соответствие страницы теме рекламной кампании
Соотношение достаточно слабое: попадая на страницу в поисках информации о Сейшелах, пользователь видит сверху название турфирмы, а затем большой список стран мелким шрифтом. Конечно, пытливый найдет Сейшелы, но не у всех хватит терпения, тем более когда в браузере открыты сайты конкурирующих предложений.

Соответствие текста на странице - тексту сообщения
В сообщение "Сейшелы и Маврикий ждут вас!", обещаются роскошные пляжи, дайвинг и тд. Учитывая предыдущую особенность страницы, вопрос соответствия риторический.

Ориентация страницы на требуемое от пользователя "действие"
На странице присутствует много лишней информации, которая дезориентирует пользователя: меню слева, список стран в центре, правая колонка с инфо-блоками и кнопками. Единственный плюс - наличие сверху номеров телефонов, однако будут ли по ним звонить?

Качественная оценка привлекательности страницы
С одной стороны цветовая гамма настраивает на отпускное настроение, но это лишь один плюс на фоне кучи недостатков. Попав на эту страницу, пользователь подумает "Где я? Может я не туда нажал? Это мне сейчас тут надо время потратить и искать опять?".

Номер 2

Данная ссылка является второй, сразу после номера 1, но по всей вероятности, число переходов по ней не уступит конкуренту: ведь соответствие заголовка сообщения поисковому запросу - 100%.

Итак, пользователь попадет на эту страницу (нажмите, чтобы увеличить):



Соответствие страницы теме рекламной кампании
Соответствие полное, мы видим заголовок, который три раза упоминает слово "Сейшелы", фотографии, текст по теме, мы на верном пути!

Соответствие текста на странице - тексту сообщения
Точного соответствия информации про "26 отелей с фото, описанием и ценами" - нет. Однако, слева присутствует список островов и отелей, пусть и не в самой удобной форме; справа колонка с фотографиями островов. В центре явно "сеошный" текст, который создавался не для людей а для роботов поисковых машин, по крайней мере читать его нелегко.

Ориентация страницы на требуемое от пользователя "действие"
Общая для всех перегруженность страницы информацией - препятствует быстрому решению любой задачи: и поиску нужной информации, и нахождению номера телефона, крупные золотые цифры которого "спрятались" в правом верхнем углу на темном фоне. Лишнее также - меню и картинка с викторианскими путешественниками. В данном случае мы видим как дизайн имеет больший вес чем маркетинговая задача по достижению нужного результата.

Качественная оценка привлекательности страницы
Данная страница четко демонстрирует свое преимущество над предыдущим конкурентом, на фоне которого выглядит "рабочей лошадкой". Однако, тут требуется редизайн, с целью повышения результативности: удаление меню и верхней картинки, значительное уменьшение объема текста и реформат его подачи - все это для ориентации страницы на нужные действия.

Номер 3

Третий претендент - разместился не в самом популярном у пользователей правом блоке, однако свой траффик получит и он: "Сейшелы для ценителей" определенно заинтересуют часть ищущих, которые попадут на такую страницу (нажмите, чтобы увеличить):


Соответствие страницы теме рекламной кампании
Страница обескураживает яркими фотографиями с рекламой любых других туров, но не Сейшел. Но если пользователь не испугается такой агрессии (тем более увидев страницу "Номер 1"), он легко увидит красный заголовок "Сейшелы" на желтой полоске и далее нужную информацию. Вариант очень рискованный, но формально сработает на части терпеливых пользователей.

Соответствие текста на странице - тексту сообщения
Почему эту страницу должны посетить "ценители" не очень ясно, более того, обилие яркой информации о других турах, отсутствие крупного заголовка "Сейшелы для ценителей" (повторенье - мать ученья) все это создаст у пользователя ощущение "плохого обслуживания". Но ситуацию может спасти четкая информация про ближайшие туры с ценами - как говорится, теплее, еще теплее!

Ориентация страницы на требуемое от пользователя "действие"
При всех минусах с обилием лишней информации и меню слева, присутствуют и призывы к действию "заказать" - напротив тура, а также фотографии менеджеров, с которыми можно связаться по ICQ. При этом, почему то, не продублировали телефон с "потолка" страницы рядом с контактами улыбчивых сотрудниц: то ли девушки работают удаленно, то ли просто не догадались. Резюмируем: вроде бы попытки повлиять на действие пользователя есть, но сделаны они как то неуклюже, без понимания того, как ведет себя пользователь на сайте.

Качественная оценка привлекательности страницы
Данная страница уступает "Номеру 2" в силу агрессивной подачи лишней, не относящейся к делу информации в верхней и левой частях сайта (список стран и картинки других туров) и достаточно слабому акценту на, собственно, Сейшелы. Однако, шанс у страницы есть за счет более прямого предложения "дата+цена" и доступной, пусть и ухабистой "дорожке" к менеджерам-консультантам. Общая оценка - достаточно низкая, требуется серьезная переработка.

Номер 4

Четвертый претендент - очередной образчик низкой культуры использования "посадочных страниц" (нажмите, чтобы увеличить):



Соответствие страницы теме рекламной кампании
По этому критерию данная страница с легкостью поспорит за звание самой худшей с номером 1. Пользователь попадает на страницу, где есть лишь одно упоминание Сейшел - одна из многих, текстовая ссылка маленьким шрифтом. В остальном же, полное ощущение "обмана" т.к. понять, что тут можно найти информацию о предмете поиска без усилий нельзя.

Соответствие текста на странице - тексту сообщения
Риторический вопрос. Никакого "Изысканного отдыха" на Сейшелах тут найти нельзя, не говоря уже о бронировании и тд.

Ориентация страницы на требуемое от пользователя "действие"
Формально, текстовая ссылка - это тоже ориентация на действие ("узнать больше"), но в данном случае она является лишь одной из многих, поэтому говорить о хотя бы теоретической ориентации страницы на нажатие именно на Сейшелы не приходится.

Качественная оценка привлекательности страницы
Данная страница выиграла звание худшей у Номера 1, но лишь по очкам. Пользователь попадая сюда, в большинстве случае закроет браузер, в отличие от Номера 1, где позитивный дизайн может "заставить" потенциального клиента напрячься и таки отыскать ссылку Сейшелы на странице.

Номер 5
Наш пользователь упрям, поэтому он терпеливо переходит к следующему окну браузера, посадочной странице очередного тур-оператора (нажмите, чтобы увеличить):




Соответствие страницы теме рекламной кампании
Соответствие самое высокое, если сравнивать с предыдущими претендентами. В отличие от "Номера 2", данная страница с самого своего начала имеет крупный, легко видимый заголовок "Сейшелы", плюс в левом верхнем углу карта островов, пусть и словная, зато на верном месте (левый верхний угол). К сожалению, у меня не загрузилась картинка справа от карты (см. скриншот выше), с ней было бы еще лучше.

Соответствие текста на странице - тексту сообщения
"Моментальное подтверждение, гарантия мест, контрактные цены" - точного соответствия нет (например, можно было бы указать цены туров и наличие свободных мест на данный момент, плюс ссылку "моментальный заказ"). Однако, общая фокусировка страницы на Сейшелах достаточно высока: отели, дополнительные ссылки про погоду и памятку туриста.

Ориентация страницы на требуемое от пользователя "действие"
Данная страница и здесь среди лидеров: контакты менеджеров с телефонами и возможностью написать email, плюс крупный номер телефона отдельно - все это очень поможет посетителям быстрее совершить звонок для получения дополнительной информации. Общую картину немного портит ненужная правая колонка со списком стран.

Качественная оценка привлекательности страницы
Страница явный лидер: не смотря на более простенький дизайн по сравнению с "Номером 2", само соответствие теме рекламной кампании тут выше, плюс лучше выполнена ориентация на нужное действие пользователя.

Номер 6
Переходим к последнему, из квалифицировавшихся претендентов (нажмите, чтобы увеличить):


Соответствие страницы теме рекламной кампании
Соответствие еще выше, чем у нашего текущего лидера - "Номера 5". Верхняя часть страницы с фотографией и картой, а напротив - быстрые ссылки, охватывающие практически весь спектр вопросов про предмет поиска. Пользователь ни секунды не сомневается - он попал туда, куда надо!

Соответствие текста на странице - тексту сообщения
Нам общают "Отдых в экзотическом раю - для тех, кто любит уединение и покой" и именно эту мысль и продолжает страница, начиная свое повествование с фразы "Сейшельские острова - экзотический рай в тропиках". Далее пользователю расскажут об этих сказочных местах, продолжая тему рая ("кокосовый рай", "идеальное место", "изумрудная гладь"). С точки зрения соответствия тесту сообщения - данная страница пример для подражания.

Ориентация страницы на требуемое от пользователя "действие"
А вот здесь все предыдущие плюсы немного меркнут по сравнению с "Номером 5". Допуская, что у страницы все же есть цели, а не просто желание рассказать про райский уголок, мы видим, что они достаточно слабо реализованы. Так, если мы хотим добиться звонка или заказа тура - то имело бы смысл, разместить агрессивные призывы к этому действию в конце длинного повестовательного текста (наличие мелкого шрифта с телефоном в "подвале" страницы не будет иметь сильного эффекта). Плюс, отсутствует призыв посмотреть цены, либо инфо-блок с конкретными предложениями по отелям.

Качественная оценка привлекательности страницы
Отличная страница, лучшая с точки зрения объема информации по предмету поиска, но проигрывающая "Номеру 5" с точки зрения агрессивности по призыву к нужному турфирме действию со стороны пользователя.

Без Номера (вне конкурса)

Хотя данный участник (объявление между номерами 5 и 6) не смог пройти квалификацию (реклама не содержит ни слова про Сейшелы), мы все же рассмотрим эту страницу, вне конкурса (нажмите, чтобы увеличить):


Соответствие страницы теме рекламной кампании
Забавно, но рекламируя по запросу "сейшелы" отдых на Маврикии, Мальдивах и Бали, страница таки про Сейшелы (заголовок, текст, фотографии). Ошибка рекламиста ограничивает потенциальный траффик на страницу!

Соответствие текста на странице - тексту сообщения
Нам предлагали "12 ночей по цене 10", а на странице идет рассказ про один из островов архипелага, про данную промо-акцию - ни слова.

Ориентация страницы на требуемое от пользователя "действие"
С этим получше: не смотря на огроменную графическую шапку и левое меню, есть текстовые ссылки для "отправки заявки по стране", а также опция "подобрать отель" (пусть по умолчанию, пользователю затем и предложат Австралию). В правом верхнем углу есть номера телефонов и ICQ.

Качественная оценка привлекательности страницы
Самый противоречивый рекламодатель! С одной стороны, оказалось, что это единственная питерская турфирма, применившая геотаргетинг (на момент поиска). С другой стороны - реклама не прошла формальную "квалификацию", не упомянув предмет поиска в сообщении. Сама страница явно не лидер, но и не аудсайдер вроде номеров 1 и 4. К сожалению нет ни слова и про "спец.акцию" из текста рекламы, в итоге, если бы претендент и квалифицировался бы, то занял бы третье с конца место.

Итоговый хит-парад:

  • Номер 5;
  • Номер 6;
  • Номер 2;
  • Номер 3;
  • Без номера (вне конкурса);
  • Номер 1;
  • Номер 4.
Как говорится, победителей не судят, но то, что "Номер 5" далеко не идеальный игрок - очевидно. Данное небольшое исследование лишний раз подтверждает первоночальный вывод о том, что качество исполнения контекстной рекламы полного цикла находится в Рунете на достаточно низком уровне, по сравнению с мировым.

В будущих выпусках я расскажу о том как правильно создавать "посадочные страницы" для контекстной рекламы.
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