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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: 10/25/2021

Watch: Nigerian LGBTQ+ activists campaigning and demanding to be seen and heard

Now despite the strides towards equality around the world, homosexuality remains a crime in some 69 countries, almost half of them in Africa. But in Nigeria, Africa’s cultural powerhouse, social media is supporting…

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ADDED ON: 10/25/2021

Western Sanctions: Is Zimbabwe being punished for its strong views against gay rights?

WASHINGTON – The United States has defended its two-decades-old economic sanctions against Zimbabwe saying they only targeted those that undermine democratic processes or facilitate corruption. However, analysts believe that the West’s drive for…

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ADDED ON: 10/25/2021

Second protest held in Birmingham after homophobic attacks

Dozens of people have staged a second protest in Birmingham following a series of homophobic attacks. Crowds gathered close to the scene of an assault in the city centre two weeks ago…

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ADDED ON: 10/23/2021

The 40th anniversary of a key European Court of Human Rights case that led to the decriminalisation of homosexuality – a turning point for LGBTI persons

The fight for LGBTI persons to enjoy their human rights has not been an easy one. 40 years ago today, Jeffrey Dudgeon found justice at the European Court of Human Rights, after…

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ADDED ON: 10/23/2021

Gay Afghan Says the Taliban Burned Him, Lives ‘Like a Prisoner’ Now

A gay man from Afghanistan said he was burned by the Taliban. He now lives in hiding out of concern for his safety and said he’s been surprised at the lack of…

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ADDED ON: 10/22/2021

NGOs scramble to dampen COVID-19’s impact on people living with HIV

NEW YORK/PIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa, Oct 18 (Openly) - South African domestic worker Mabuyi Dlamini always dreaded the bumpy, day-long minibus journey she had to make each month to pick up her HIV…

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ADDED ON: 10/22/2021

Report Details Anti-LGBT Discrimination, Violence in Kenya Refugee Camp

(WB) A new report released on Wednesday indicates nearly all of the LGBT people who live in a Kenya refugee camp have experienced discrimination and violence because of their sexual orientation and/or…

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ADDED ON: 10/22/2021

Ghana president calls for tolerance as parliament considers anti-LGBT+ law

ACCRA, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo on Thursday emphasised the need for civil debate and tolerance as parliament works towards a vote on a controversial bill that would make…

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ADDED ON: 10/21/2021

Across Africa, major churches strongly oppose LGBTQ rights

In Ghana, home to a diverse array of religions, leaders of major churches have united in denouncing homosexuality as a “perversion” and endorsing legislation that would, if enacted, impose some of the…

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ADDED ON: 10/18/2021

HRW calls on Kuwait to stop punitive acts towards transgender Kuwaitis

Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on Kuwait to end its suppression of the LGBTQ community in a report published on Thursday, following the conviction and imprisonment of Maha-al-Mutairi, a transgender woman. She…

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ADDED ON: 10/17/2021

LGBTQI+: ‘We’ll campaign against Dutch interests in Ghana’ – Sam George on visa denial

Lead sponsor of the anti-gay bill in Parliament and Member of Parliament (MP) for Ningo-Prampram Sam Nartey George has slammed the Dutch Embassy in Ghana for resorting to blackmail after losing the…

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ADDED ON: 10/15/2021

Sex Education’s’ gay teen Eric takes a risky trip to Nigeria. How realistic is it?

In season 3 of the popular Netflix series Sex Education, the character named Eric Effiong goes to Nigeria. It is a risky trip. Eric is a gay teenager in this series about a…

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