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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: 05/21/2018

Ghana’s State-Owned Newspaper Urges Citizens To Reject LGBT Rights

Ghana state run newspaper the Ghanaian Times has published an editorial urging its citizens to fight against LGBT rights in the African country, where gay sex is punishable by up to three…

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ADDED ON: 05/21/2018

Despite Fatwa, Transgender People in Iran Face Harassment

Nahal smokes yet another cigarette on her mother’s balcony overlooking Tehran, one of the few peaceful places the 19-year-old transgender woman has in Iran, where her identity can bring harassment and prying,…

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ADDED ON: 05/21/2018

Canada Joins Global LGBTI Rights Initiative

Canada is the latest country to join a U.S. initiative that seeks to promote LGBTI rights around the world. The State Department and the Canadian government in a May 17 press release…

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ADDED ON: 05/21/2018

Zimbabwe Wants to Rejoin the Commonwealth, But Where Does it Stand on LGBT Rights?

Following Robert Mugabe’s ousting from government, Zimbabwe has applied to rejoin the Commonwealth. Despite becoming involved in the intergovernmental organisation when it gained independence in 1980, the African country hasn’t been a…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2018

Liberia’s LGBT Community Seek Rights Ahead of Int’l Day against Homophobia

In Liberia, mentioning the rights of homosexual and bi-sexual is considered a taboo, while engaging in such practice is a criminal act under the law. But Rights groupings in Liberia are advocating…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2018

Policing Gender, Sexuality Creates a Pattern of Stigma, Harassment and Violence

On International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO-T) (May 17), the International Commission of Jurists has called for an end to criminalisation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities and to respect,…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2018

Everyone is Welcome: The Only Gay Hangout in the Arab World

From giving refuge to offering makeup sessions, Helem is an umbrella for some of Lebanon’s most marginalised people. Tucked away in a quiet neighbourhood of Beirut, Helem, the first community centre for LGBTQI+…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2018

LGBTQ Immigrants Need Place Where They Feel Safe, Says Centre for Newcomers in Calgary

LGBTQ Calgarians and supporters gathered at the Centre for Newcomers on Thursday to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.  “We know that being LGBT is criminalized in at least 72 countries…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2018

China’s LGBT Community Treads Cautiously Amid Intolerance

China's LGBT advocates cautiously organised awareness-raising events across the country to celebrate International Anti-Homophobia Day on Thursday amid concern of growing intolerance towards LGBT causes. One of the events was a 5.17…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2018

Croatia: Foreign Embassies Call for Respecting LGBTI Rights

IDAHOT is aimed at raising awareness of LGBTI rights and violations and in stimulating interest in LGBT rights work worldwide. This year's global theme is "Alliance for Solidarity," focusing on the need…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2018

New Colombia Truth Commission to Focus on Society’s ‘Most Fragile’

The head of a new commission formed to expose the truth behind human rights abuses committed during Colombia's long civil war has said it will focus on society's "most fragile" and look…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2018

Lebanon Authorities Block Gay Pride Festival: Organiser

Lebanon’s LGBT festival, the only event of its kind in the Arab world, was suspended after authorities interrogated its organiser and threatened him with prosecution, he said Wednesday (May 16). The second…

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