• 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: 02/05/2020

Mumbai: 51 booked for sedition for pro-Sharjeel Imam slogans at queer pride march

The Mumbai Police have filed a sedition case against 51 persons, including activist Urvashi Chudawala, for allegedly chanting slogans in support of Jawaharlal Nehru University student Sharjeel Imam at a queer pride…

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ADDED ON: 02/05/2020

Nigerian court adjourns case of 47 men charged under homosexuality law

After months of delays, Nigerian prosecutors began presenting their evidence against 47 men charged with public displays of affection with members of the same sex, but asked for an adjournment after calling…

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ADDED ON: 02/05/2020

Change to the Refugees Act moves South Africa much closer to Donald Trump’s America

Since its inception, the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa has protected South Africa from its government. A document heralded internationally as a model of democratic rights, the Constitution guarantees all…

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ADDED ON: 02/04/2020

Rising populism stokes homophobic hate speech across Europe

Homophobic and transphobic rhetoric and other anti-LGBT+ hate crimes are rising across Europe, fuelled by divisive politics and socially conservative groups that also campaign against abortion access, an advocacy group said on…

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ADDED ON: 02/02/2020

Tanzania ‘anti-gay’ force official Paul Makonda banned from US

A top Tanzanian official who launched a surveillance squad dedicated to hunting down gay people has been banned by the US from entering the country. The US state department said Paul Makonda,…

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ADDED ON: 02/01/2020

Appeal to Tunisia: End prosecution of LGBT activist who offended Muslims

The human rights group Human Rights Watch is urging Tunisian authorities to drop their lawsuit against LGBT rights activist Mounir Baatour, who wrote a Facebook post last year that offended conservative Muslims.…

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ADDED ON: 01/31/2020

Mauritania arrests 10 gay men after purported gay wedding

Authorities in Mauritania have arrested 10 men after a video appeared on social media of a gay couple appearing to take part in a traditional wedding ceremony, human rights groups said. Police…

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ADDED ON: 01/30/2020

Indonesia: Rejecting homophobic pseudoscience

Sensational headlines, clickbait articles and pseudoscience cannot be tolerated when they promote fear and hatred. Many in the media, including writers and editors, use these techniques to inflame prejudice against homosexuality and…

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ADDED ON: 01/30/2020

Amnesty International urges Korea to take action on LGBT rights

Amnesty International on Thursday expressed concerns about the rights of sexual minorities in South Korea in its yearly human rights report, calling on the government and parliament to improve the situation. In…

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ADDED ON: 01/29/2020

A GOP lawmaker, the son of an Auschwitz survivor, compared doctors treating transgender children to Nazis

The South Dakota legislature is considering the nation’s first law that could send doctors to jail for treating transgender youths younger than 16 with hormone therapy or surgery, and the fight over…

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ADDED ON: 01/26/2020

New Documentary Cloaks Anonymous Sources in ‘Face Doubles’

In documentaries, anonymous sources have often been reduced to a shadowy, voice-distorted figure — or worse, a pixelated blur. But a new documentary premiering Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival has, with…

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ADDED ON: 01/25/2020

Scandal overshadows Peru election’s focus on gender equality

Scandals involving domestic violence and marital infidelity have overshadowed the campaign to elect a new congress in Peru, in which gender equality and women’s rights have been key issues. Peruvians will elect…

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