• 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: 11/11/2018

Rights Groups Warn Malaysia’s Constitution Does Not Protect LGBTI People

Malaysia’s LGBTI community has said the country’s constitution is not enough to protect them from increasing attacks. Their comments came after the international community asked Malaysia to do more to protect LGBTI…

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ADDED ON: 11/10/2018

Tanzania: Men Arrested for ‘Gay Marriage’ Face Anal Examinations

Ten men arrested for allegedly conducting a same-sex marriage ceremony on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar are to face a forced anal examination on Friday, activists have told the Guardian. The procedure…

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ADDED ON: 11/10/2018

EU Recalls Tanzania Ambassador Amid LGBT Crackdown

The European Union has recalled the head of its delegation to Tanzania because of what it calls a "deterioration of the human rights and rule of law" in the east African nation.…

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ADDED ON: 11/10/2018

Manaus Opens Shelter For LGBT Refugees From Venezuela

Manaus is a stop in the route of part of the 80,000 Venezuelans looking for asylum or temporary residence in Brazil. And now, it is the first Brazilian city to have an…

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ADDED ON: 11/10/2018

Armenia Must Ban LGBT Propaganda, Priest Says

Fr. Kyuregh Talyan, Parish Priest of the St. Katoghike Church of Jrvezh (Kotayk region) is strongly convinced that the propaganda of homosexuality must be banned in Armenia given its possible harmful effects on…

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ADDED ON: 11/08/2018

Using the UN to Advance LGBTI Rights in China

As China approaches the third, quadrennial review of its human rights record by the United Nations (known as the ‘Universal Periodic Review’ (UPR)), there is increasing international attention on the dire human…

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ADDED ON: 11/05/2018

Pink Season Event Highlights Call of Hong Kong’s LGBT Community to Lawmakers: We’re Ready for Equal Rights, Listen to Society

LGBT campaigners have applauded key legal developments in Hong Kong that they say could eventually bring same-sex partners the same rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples. And while warning that a hard fight…

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ADDED ON: 11/05/2018

Designer Rodricks’ Hotline for LGBTQ Community Gets Catholic Church Nod

After a lifetime seeing LGBT members of the Catholic Church become despondent over a lack of acceptance, acclaimed fashion designer Wendell Rodricks was moved to tears on Wednesday when Cardinal Oswald Gracias,…

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ADDED ON: 11/04/2018

Malaysia Turns Towards Democracy—but Leaves LGBT Rights Behind

In the early hours of a Saturday morning in late August, Malaysian police stormed into the Blue Boy club in central Kuala Lumpur, one of the country’s oldest LGBT venues. As more…

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ADDED ON: 11/04/2018

Bachelet: Tanzania Has Duty to Protect – Not Further Endanger – LGBT People

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Friday expressed alarm at the statement by the Regional Commissioner of Dar es Salaam that a committee will be put in place to…

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ADDED ON: 11/04/2018

A Precarious Haven: Africa’s LGBT Refugees Teeter on the Brink in Kenya

It wasn’t long after Joe’s father was shot dead for being gay that the 24-year-old Ugandan college student realised the men from his church would be coming for him next. First came…

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ADDED ON: 11/04/2018

Malaysian Official Claims 1,450 Gay People Have Been ‘Cured’

A Malaysian official recently declared 1,450 gay people have been “cured” in government-funded spiritual camps, according to the Malay Mail. The “mukhayyam” programs are funded by the government’s Malaysian Islamic Development Department…

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