• 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: 01/19/2019

Vigilante Raid on Indonesian HIV Group

This week a militant Islamist group in Indonesia raided the offices of an HIV prevention organization on suspicion that the group had been conducting “LGBT activities.” The Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) was joined…

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ADDED ON: 01/19/2019

Using queer cartoons to promote LGBT+ rights in Bangladesh

In April 2016, the police found the bodies of Xulhaz Mannan and Tonoy Mahbub, two prominent LGBT+ rights activists, in an apartment in Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital. This week, police arrested one…

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ADDED ON: 01/18/2019

Kyrgyzstan man has ‘gay’ carved into stomach in homophobic attack

A bisexual man from Kyrgyzstan was forced to leave the country after suffering two homophobic attacks within the same month. The man, who is in his 20s, said the attacks took place…

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ADDED ON: 01/18/2019

Everyone in Armenia has the right to protection: MP on LGBT rights

Everyone, including sexual minorities, have rights, and if they turn to the relevant Commission, we will discuss any issue, member of the Prosperous Armenia Party, candidate for the chair of the standing…

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ADDED ON: 01/18/2019

Suspect arrested over murders of Bangladesh LGBT activists in 2016

Police in Bangladesh have reportedly arrested one of the main suspects involved in the murders of LGBT+ activists Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy. Mannan, the founder of Roopbaan, the country’s first LGBT+ magazine, and…

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ADDED ON: 01/17/2019

Chechnya Resumes its Anti-gay Purge

“Widespread detentions, torture and killings of gay people have resumed in Chechnya,” said Igor Kochetkov, program director for the Russian LGBT Network. He added, “Persecution of men and women suspected of being…

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ADDED ON: 01/16/2019

Complaint: Indonesian Mayor Promotes Anti-gay Discrimination

Mohammed Idris, the mayor of Depok in the metropolitan Jakarta area of Indonesia, has instructed city agencies to investigate LGBT activities and this month asked citizens to report LGBTI behavior. He said…

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ADDED ON: 01/16/2019

Civil partnerships bill sparks debate in Thailand

Thailand could become the first country in Asia to endorse same-sex marriage after a bill that would allow same-sex unions was approved. The country’s Cabinet approved the civil partnership bill on Dec. 25, which…

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ADDED ON: 01/16/2019

Tunisia: Engineer loses job, faces trial for old videos on his phone

A Tunisian man who worked in Dubai for the past five years lost his job and now faces criminal homosexuality charges in a Tunisian court — all because police found old intimate…

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ADDED ON: 01/15/2019

Here’s why some gay Brazilians support their country’s rabidly anti-LGBTQ president

In his first week in office, newly elected Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro started actions to roll back LGBTQ rights. So it was only a matter of time before a newspaper covered one of…

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ADDED ON: 01/15/2019

New details emerge about what one source calls an anti-LGBTQ ‘genocide’

On Friday, January 11, Novaya Gazeta reported that persecution of individuals thought to be LGBTQ has drastically increased since late December in the Russian republic of Chechnya. Since then, Meduza has received additional information from the…

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ADDED ON: 01/15/2019

Denver votes to ban conversion therapy

DENVER — With a unanimous City Council vote Monday night, Denver became Colorado’s first jurisdiction to ban use of conversion therapy to try to change the sexual orientation of minors, governing.com reports. Psychology’s governing bodies…

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