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LGBTI Rights in Asia


ADDED ON: 10/05/2018

LGBT People Cause Deadly Natural Disasters, Say Religious Lawmakers in Malaysia

LGBT people are responsible for natural disasters like the earthquake and tsunami which killed more than 1,500 in Indonesia last week, according to Malaysian lawmakers. The Selangor Islamic Religious Department, which is…

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ADDED ON: 10/05/2018

Lebanon: Police Try to Close LGBT Conference

Lebanese General Security officers unlawfully attempted to shut down a conference on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people on September 29, 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. Human…

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ADDED ON: 10/05/2018

Tokyo: New Law Bars LGBT Discrimination

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has passed a bill that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, Human Rights Watch said. The act, enacted on October 5, 2018, also…

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ADDED ON: 10/03/2018

Singapore Elite Backs Push to Overturn Anti-Gay Laws

Senior members of Singapore’s business, political and legal elite have backed fresh attempts to overturn the colonial-era section of the country’s penal code that criminalizes gay sex. Leading the push are former…

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ADDED ON: 10/01/2018

Buddhist Group’s President in Favour of Repealing 377A

The Buddhist Fellowship's president said yesterday he supports repealing Section 377A of the Penal Code, which criminalizes sex between men. Separately, the group behind the latest attempt to repeal the law held…

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ADDED ON: 10/01/2018

Campaigning in Mosque, Anwar Again Says He Opposes Same-sex Marriage

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim again expressed his opposition towards same-sex marriage while speaking in a Pasir Panjang mosque today. The incoming PKR president has for the third time in two weeks spoken…

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ADDED ON: 09/30/2018

In Legal Battle Over Gay Sex, Kenyan Court to Consider Indian Ruling

Parties involved in a court case seeking to decriminalize gay sex in Kenya will be allowed to make submissions based on a recent decision by India’s top court to overturn a ban…

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ADDED ON: 09/28/2018

In Legal Battle Over Gay Sex, Kenya Court to Consider India Verdict on Section 377

Parties involved in a court case seeking to decriminalize gay sex in Kenya will be allowed to make submissions based on a recent decision by India’s Supreme Court to overturn a ban…

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ADDED ON: 09/27/2018

Japanese Magazine to Close After Abe Ally’s ‘homophobic’ Article

A prominent magazine in Japan is to close after an outcry over an allegedly homophobic article written by a rightwing MP from the ruling Liberal Democratic party. The Shincho 45 said it…

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ADDED ON: 09/27/2018

India Court Rules Lesbian Couple Can Live Together

A court in India's southern state of Kerala has ruled in favor of a lesbian couple who want to live together. S Sreeja, 40, petitioned the high court alleging her partner Aruna,…

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ADDED ON: 09/27/2018

UN Human Rights Chief Cites Indian Apex Court’s Ruling on Gay Sex, Urges Countries to Amend Laws

The UN’s top human rights official cited “landmark decision by India’s Supreme Court” decriminalizing consenual gay sex and urged more countries to bring their laws and practices in line with the fundamental…

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ADDED ON: 09/26/2018

Homophobic Article Gets Japanese Magazine Suspended Indefinitely

A homophobic article — and several follow-up articles — has led to the indefinite suspension of a Japanese magazine. Shinchosha Publishing Co. announced Tuesday night (25 September) that it is essentially folding…

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