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  • Human Rights

    The human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people are violated every day, in ways ranging from discrimination and violation of the right to form a family to torture and execution. While international law recognizes the human rights, freedom, and equality of every human being, many countries and leaders claim that LGBTI people do not qualify for basic human rights. Laws criminalizing consensual sex between adults of the same sex exist on six continents, and discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and intersex status is legal in most countries. The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights launched an initiative in 2013 called Free & Equal, a global education campaign working to destigmatize LGBTI people and promote respect.

ADDED ON: 01/18/2020

Malaysia, where gay sex is illegal, used to be home to a community of gender non-conforming shamans

Homosexuality is doubly illegal in Malaysia as it is banned by the country’s secular, colonial-era legal code, as well as its special Islamic courts. LGBT+ people have no legal protections against discrimination…

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ADDED ON: 01/18/2020

‘Anti-sexual deviance propaganda’ bill mysteriously on priority list

The massive 2019-2024 National Legislation Program (Prolegnas) set by the House of Representatives lists 248 bills, including four proposed omnibus laws, an ambitious undertaking considering that the previous House only managed to…

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ADDED ON: 01/17/2020

Iranian militia declares Iraq not for ‘filthy homosexuals, collaborators’

An official for the Iranian-sponsored Popular Mobilization Units declared in a video that Iraq is not a country for homosexuals or collaborators, and that his organization will obliterate government protestors. The Middle…

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ADDED ON: 01/15/2020

Malaysia: Human Rights Reforms Stall

Malaysia’s promised human rights reforms stalled in 2019 as the government either backed away from or delayed action on its campaign commitments, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2020.…

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ADDED ON: 01/15/2020

Indonesia rights body condemns LGBT raids ordered by mayor after UK rape case

Indonesia’s human rights commission on Tuesday condemned plans by a mayor to launch raids targeting the LGBT community in his city after a local man was convicted in Britain of sexually assaulting…

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ADDED ON: 01/15/2020

Russia: Race to the Bottom on Rights

Repression escalated in Russia during 2019 as the government answered rising civic and political activism with bans, repressive laws, and showcase prosecutions, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2020.…

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ADDED ON: 01/14/2020

House Democrats to ask ICE to release all transgender immigrants in custody

House Democrats are preparing to ask the Department of Homeland Security to release all transgender immigrants being held at long-term federal immigration facilities. Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois is leading the…

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ADDED ON: 01/14/2020

Activists across Africa pay tribute to Aunty Ivy, a pioneer of the African LGBT movement

The curtain has come down on one of the pioneers of the African LGBTQI+ movement. Emmanuel Kamau or Aunty Ivy as they were popularly known to the community both in Kenya and…

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ADDED ON: 01/13/2020

Bhutan: Historic opportunity to decriminalize same-sex relationships

Bhutan must seize an historic opportunity to secure equal rights for LGBTI people in the country, Amnesty International said today, calling on the upper house of parliament to pass a bill decriminalizing…

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ADDED ON: 01/12/2020

Was Oman’s Late Sultan the ‘Only Gay Monarch’ in the World and Why Do People Care?

Although Sultan Qaboos' sexuality has been open to question for decades, the recent death of the 79-year-old Omani Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said on Friday night has re-ignited a conversation surrounding…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2020

Prominent Tunisian LGBT+ activist flees death threats

A former presidential candidate and leader of Tunisia’s largest LGBT+ rights group said he has been forced to flee to France after “very serious” death threats from Islamist elements within the conservative…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2020

Indonesia’s LGBT community fears repercussions after UK’s ‘most prolific rapist’ jailed

When the reports surfaced about Britain's "most prolific rapist" Reynhard Sinaga — an Indonesian national sentenced to life for 150 crimes, including 136 rapes against men — Riko was upset. Riko, who…

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