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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: 07/20/2018

India’s Top Court Likely to Overturn Colonial-Era Anti-Homosexuality Law

Calling the law “Victorian-era morality” Justice Rohinton Nariman, also chimed in, agreeing to Justice Chandrachud, saying prohibitions have never resolved social issues. In a big win for the LGBT rights in India, the…

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ADDED ON: 07/20/2018

Vancouver to Host International Conference on Protecting and Advancing LGBT Rights and Inclusion

Organizations from around the world are set to gather in Vancouver for a global conference on LGBT rights and inclusion.  In a statement on Human Rights Day on December 10, 2017, Prime Minister…

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ADDED ON: 07/20/2018

The Transgender Acid Attack Survivor Running for Parliament

Forced to leave home when she was only 13, physically and sexually abused by relatives, and later attacked with acid by her former boyfriend, Nayyab Ali's life as a transgender woman in…

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ADDED ON: 07/18/2018

Netherlands: Man Fleeing Homophobic Violence Denied Asylum as he is ‘not gay enough’

A man fleeing anti-gay violence has been denied asylum seeker status in the Netherlands based on an assessment by the IND (The Immigration and Naturalisation Department) which found him to be “not…

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Háttér Society Seizes Opportunity as Hungary Closes

“The government’s threats against civil society are also possibilities to make our work more well known. That is what we are doing.” -Bea Sándor Háttér Society Executive Board Member Like the United…

ADDED ON: 07/17/2018

Survivor of Chechen ‘Gay Purge’ Is Kidnapped by Father in Russia

A gay survivor of a Chechen concentration camp was kidnapped by his father. Zelimkhan Akhmadov had been taking out the trash Friday from a safehouse in Russia when he was pulled into…

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ADDED ON: 07/17/2018

No One Will Give Job to a Hijra Even Now: Punjab’s First Transgender Member in National Lok Adalat

Abandoned by her parents when she was just thirteen, Mohini Mahant (53), a transgender from Ludhiana, became the first from LGBT community to be selected as a member of a bench of…

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ADDED ON: 07/17/2018

East Timor’s Pride Parade Goes Back to the Roots of What Pride Is All About

As Pride celebrations continue around the world, the upcoming parade in the tiny nation of East Timor is a welcome reminder of why Pride exists at all. East Timor (Timor Leste) is…

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ADDED ON: 07/16/2018

Pussy Riot Pitch Invader Tackled by Dejan Lovren as Protesters Halt World Cup Final

Pussy Riot have claimed responsibility for the pitch invasion during the World Cup Final. Four spectators ran onto the pitch during football’s showpiece event in the 52nd minute, report the Mirror. Pussy Riot are a Russian…

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ADDED ON: 07/16/2018

HRC Confronts Trump-Putin With Projection Calling Out Anti-LGBTQ Crimes Against Humanity in Chechnya

Today, just ahead of tomorrow’s Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki, HRC projected an enormous message onto the Presidential Palace in Helsinki demanding that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin immediately end the ongoing anti-LGBTQ crimes…

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ADDED ON: 07/16/2018

Thousands Protest Nation-state Bill Sanctioning Segregated Housing

Thousands of protesters marched through Tel Aviv on Saturday night demonstrating against the controversial nation-state bill, which sanctions housing discrimination as part of a series of measures aimed at enshrining Israel’s Jewish character…

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ADDED ON: 07/16/2018

How Trinidad and Tobago Played a Key Role in India’s Ongoing LGBT Hearing

In the end, it happened amazingly fast. After the 18 years it has taken so far to fight the Section 377 case, for decriminalization of consensual same-sex relations, the lawyers and activists involved had…

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