• 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: 02/15/2023

Uganda is working to stamp out groups promoting human rights for LGBTIQ people

The Ugandan Government’s National Bureau for Non-Governmental organization is currently investigating the operations of 22 NGOs suspected to be involved in so called “promotion of LGBTIQ activities”. The NGO Bureau has made…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 02/14/2023

Transgender Discrimination Continues in Kuwait, Despite a Court Ruling

A year ago, Kuwait's Constitutional Court overturned a law that criminalized "imitating the opposite sex," ruling that Article 198 of the penal code, which authorities had used to prosecute transgender people, was…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 02/12/2023

It is time for action to protect the rights of Hong Kong’s LGBTQ community

Ten years ago, a judgment by Hong Kong’s top court was hailed as a breakthrough for the city’s transgender community. Last week, another landmark ruling was rightly heralded in similar terms. But…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 02/12/2023

Bangladesh withdraws school books after anti-LGBTQ backlash

Bangladesh said on Saturday it had withdrawn two new school textbooks after protests from Islamist groups incensed by a curriculum overhaul to recognise transgender identities, same-sex relationships and secular science. Thousands have…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 02/12/2023

Leaked report shows intent to criminalise gay activities

The government should “comprehensively criminalise” activities that promote homosexuality in the country and lay down stringent requirements for registration of civil society organisations, a leaked report reveals. The report by the National…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 02/11/2023

Center for Religion and Public Life petitions Parliament to reject Anti-LGBTQ Bill

The Center for Religion and Public Life (CRPL-Ghana) has petitioned the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of Parliament not to pass the bill against Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQI+)…

GO TO FULL STORY

Paul Canary Kanyamu – Human Rights Defender in Kenya

Paul Canary Kanyamu is a humanitarian volunteer, refugee rights advocate, and human rights defender. He is 26 years old and originally from Uganda. Paul lives in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya…

ADDED ON: 01/04/2023

Simon Nkoli’s fight for queer rights in South Africa is finally being celebrated – 24 years after he died

Born in 1957, Simon Tseko Nkoli had just turned 41 when he died, in 1998, of an AIDS-related illness. In his short life, the South African activist fought against different forms of…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 01/03/2023

Recognizing LGBT+ Rights in Ukraine – Lessons from Iceland

In 2015, the Ukrainian parliament approved an anti-discrimination in employment law concerning sexual orientation and gender identity, and in 2016 Ukrainian authorities simplified the transgender transition process for transgender people and began…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 01/03/2023

What challenges will LGBTQ+ people around the world face in 2023?

Progress for the world's LGBTQ+ people has not been evenly spread in 2022, with some countries marking new milestones and others rolling back rights. In wins, Singapore, Antigua and Barbuda and Saint…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 01/01/2023

Mamba’s 21 most-read queer stories of 2022

The year that was 2022, thankfully, saw a decline in the number of reported LGBTIQ+ hate crimes in South Africa, compared to 2021. There were nonetheless still several deadly attacks against queer…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 12/30/2022

Kadyrov to the Arab world: Who does not want to live under the LGBT flags – to join “special military operation” in Ukraine

The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, during a direct line broadcast for the first time in English and Arabic, addressed the Arab world and all Muslims with an offer to participate in…

GO TO FULL STORY