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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: 01/26/2019

In the deepness of Siberian closets

Until recently a flag, painted on the balustrade, contrasted the otherwise concrete-grey waterfront next to the Angara River, which trenches the city of Irkutsk into halves. Its rainbow colors attracted attention of…

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ADDED ON: 01/25/2019

Nigeria police spokesperson tells gay people: Leave or face prosecution

A prominent police officer in Nigeria has told gay people to “leave the country or face prosecution.” Dolapo Badmos, a Chief Superintendent and Lagos State Police Command spokesperson, also urged citizens to report gay…

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ADDED ON: 01/25/2019

Dozens of LGBT+ refugees in Kenya fall sick at U.N. shelter

Dozens of LGBT+ refugees living in a shelter run by the United Nations in Kenya were taken to hospital after falling sick on Thursday, days after they complained of overcrowding and poor…

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ADDED ON: 01/24/2019

Activists Increase Efforts to Help LGBTI People Escape Chechnya Amid Ongoing Crisis

The Russian LGBT Network, which announced on January 14 that it had received word of a new wave of arrests and torture in the Russian republic of Chechnya, has begun facilitating the evacuation of…

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ADDED ON: 01/24/2019

The Missing Piece in Uzbekistan’s Reform Puzzle

At the United Nations this past May, Uzbek Deputy Justice Minister Mahmud Istamov committed the authoritarian regime he serves to over 200 reforms proposed by the UN – except for one key…

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ADDED ON: 01/24/2019

Angola Decriminalizes Same-Sex Conduct

Angola has finally shed the divisive “vices against nature” provision in its law, widely interpreted to be a ban on homosexual conduct. Taking things one step further, the government has also prohibited discrimination against…

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ADDED ON: 01/23/2019

How Coretta Scott King Leveraged MLK’s Legacy to Fight for Gay Rights

“I once told Martin that although I loved being his wife and a mother, if that was all I did I would have gone crazy. I felt a calling on my life…

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ADDED ON: 01/23/2019

Home Office Postpones the Removal of LGBTI Asylum Seeker

THE UK Home Office has deferred the removal from Scotland of a young asylum seeker who is currently in the Dungavel detention centre. Isabella Katjiparatijivi, a 29-year-old from Namibia, had sought asylum fearing that…

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ADDED ON: 01/22/2019

Kenya could make history by legalising homosexuality

In Kenya, February 22 2019 could be an anniversary remembered for generations. This is the date on which a three-judge bench at the Constitutional Court in Nairobi will give Kenyans – and…

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ADDED ON: 01/22/2019

BILL LEGALISING GAY MARRIAGE TO BE DEBATED THIS WEEK

The Czech Republic currently offers civil partnerships for same-sex couples. However, advocates of gay marriage say the current system still leaves them at a disadvantage. Apart from the symbolic difference of being…

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ADDED ON: 01/22/2019

Brexit threatens LGBT+ rights: top British lawyer

The rights of British minority groups are under threat from hardline politicians holding the government to ransom during the Brexit process, leading lawyer Helena Kennedy told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Friday.…

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ADDED ON: 01/22/2019

LGBT Muslims Struggle to Find Their Place in Turkey

Deniz, a 20-year-old observant Muslim who lives in Istanbul, works as a sign language translator and is studying gastronomy in his spare time. But Deniz, who prefers to use the pronoun “they,”…

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