• 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: 12/27/2021

Specially-abled Kiran Nayak striving for transgender rights

Hyderabad: Since the annulment of Article 377 two years ago, the members of LGBTQ in India are still battling to come out of the closet — especially those who live in the…

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ADDED ON: 12/26/2021

SAUDI ARABIA’S TOP RELIGIOUS BODY SAYS HOMOSEXUALITY IS ‘ONE OF THE MOST HEINOUS CRIMES’

Saudi Arabia’s top religious body has declared homosexuality to be ‘one of the most heinous crimes’. According to a statement by the official Saudi Press Agency, Grand Mufti Abdulaziz al-Sheikh said that…

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ADDED ON: 12/26/2021

Desmond Tutu, South African equality activist, dies at 90

Desmond Tutu, South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning icon, an uncompromising foe of the country's past racist policy of apartheid and a modern-day activist for racial justice and LGBT rights, died Sunday at…

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ADDED ON: 12/26/2021

Russia blocks website of group that tracks political arrests

A Russian organization that tracks political arrests and provides legal aid to detainees said Saturday that government regulators blocked its website, the latest move in a months-long crackdown on independent media and…

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ADDED ON: 12/25/2021

Understanding the plight of Intersex

In our society, the intersex have always had to face stigma as well as discrimination because of the misconceptions that are imbedded in the minds of the community. Despite the numerous awareness…

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ADDED ON: 12/25/2021

Sri Lanka court OKs case seeking to ban anti-LGBTI police training

At a training session for police officers in July 2021, a counsellor was recorded making homophobic remarks, including alleging that homosexuals prey on youth to lure them into the LGBT community. She…

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ADDED ON: 12/25/2021

Russian Justice Ministry includes two LGBT organizations in foreign agents list

The Russian Ministry of Justice has included the Coming Out LGBT initiative group from St. Petersburg and the Revers LGBT+ initiative group from Krasnodar in the list of unregistered non-governmental organizations fulfilling…

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ADDED ON: 12/24/2021

Senegalese parliament to debate bill criminalising homosexuality

A group of MPs in Senegal tabled a bill on Wednesday to strengthen the repression of homosexuality in the Muslim-majority West African country. The bill was tabled by MPs Mamadou Lamine Diallo, Cheikh…

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ADDED ON: 12/24/2021

Psychologists investigated for practising ‘conversion therapy’ in Costa Rica

In response to an openDemocracy investigation into anti-gay ‘conversion therapy’ in Costa Rica, the country’s professional association of psychologists – the Colegio de Profesionales en Psicología de Costa Rica (CPPCR) – announced…

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ADDED ON: 12/24/2021

The Worrying Regression Of LGBT Rights In Eastern Europe

From physical attacks to online abuse and legislative setbacks, the LBGT community in Central and Eastern Europe had little to cheer about in 2021. Populist governments in Poland, Hungary, and elsewhere were able…

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ADDED ON: 12/23/2021

Mauritius: Workshop Focuses On Equality-Reducing Inequalities and Advancing Human Rights

A half-day workshop on the theme 'Equality-Reducing Inequalities and Advancing Human Rights', organised by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in collaboration with the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to the…

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ADDED ON: 12/23/2021

Brothers returned to Chechnya begin hunger strike

Two brothers from Chechnya who Russia returned to their homeland from which they had fled have reportedly begun a hunger strike. The Russian LGBT Network in a press release notes lawyers from…

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