Violence against LGBT people

Bulgarian Presidential Candidate Accused of Attack on LGBT Centre

Sofia Pride in June 2016. Photo: EPA/STR

Rainbow Hub, a venue for LGBT-related events in central Sofia, was entered and vandalised by a group of around ten people on Saturday.

Activist Gloriya Filipova, who was there at the time, told local media that she was punched in the face by Boyan Rassate, who she recognised. She also said he was carrying a knife.

Two ISIL terror suspects nabbed in Turkey

Two suspects with alleged links to the ISIL terror group were arrested in Turkey, security sources said on Aug. 4. 


Anti-terror police teams in the Black Sea province of Samsun launched an operation to nab one suspect in the Ilkadim district, according to sources who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Schools not safe spaces for LGBT students, survey shows

Ljubljana – The results of a survey by Legebitra, an advocacy group for LGBTI rights, have shown that schools are not safe spaces for members of the LGBT community. One in four LGBT students reported of having often heard homophobic remarks at school, and in more than half of the cases, school staff did not intervene.

Turkey detains top ISIL suspect wanted by US

Turkish intelligence officers have detained an Egyptian-born terror suspect wanted by Washington who was a top explosives expert for ISIL, state media reported on May 24.

The suspect, identified as Mustafa Abdulwahab Mahmud and born in 1999, was detained with three others on the outskirts of Istanbul after fleeing Syria, the reports said.

6 foreign nationals with ISIL links nabbed

At least six foreign nationals have been arrested for suspected links to the ISIL terror group, a security source said early on Jan. 24.

Police conducted an operation in Kastamonu's city center as part of an anti-ISIL probe launched by prosecutors in the Black Sea province, the source said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

ISIL claims responsibility for Baghdad's suicide attack

ISIL claimed responsibility early on Jan. 22 for Baghdad's suicide attack, via the group's Amaq news agency on its Telegram channel.

Two men blew themselves up in a crowded Baghdad market on Jan. 21, killing at least 32 people in Iraq's first big suicide bombing for three years, authorities said, describing it as a possible sign of the reactivation of the ISIL.

8 Iraqis detained over links to ISIL

Turkish police detained eight Iraqi nationals over suspected links to the ISIL terror group, security sources said on June 15.

The detentions were made in Turkey's capital Ankara early on June 15  as part of an operation against the terror group, said the sources who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the press.