• 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: 08/30/2018

EU Should Follow UN Guidelines on LGBT Asylum Seekers

The process of seeking asylum is difficult for anyone, but sexual and gender minorities fleeing persecution in their home countries can be particularly vulnerable, as two recent decisions by Austrian asylum officers…

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ADDED ON: 08/30/2018

Malaysian Court Postpones Caning of Two Women for Lesbian Sex

A Malaysian religious court on Tuesday postponed a caning sentence on two women convicted for having sex, media reports said, amid an outcry from human rights activists. The lesbian, gay, bisexual and…

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ADDED ON: 08/30/2018

In Northern Colombia, LGBT Rights Meet Indigenous Prejudice

Prejudice “is an everyday thing,” says Tania Duarte, a gay community leader in Cartagena, the historic port and resort on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Her gait is firm and determined, as she steps…

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ADDED ON: 08/29/2018

Brazil: Judge Suspends Prohibition on Gender, Sexuality Courses

Brazilian judge Luis Roberto Barroso of the Supreme Federal Court (STF) has temporarily suspended a municipal law in the capital city of Palmas, Tocantins, which vetoed courses on gender and sexuality in municipal public…

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ADDED ON: 08/29/2018

Success to Lebanon to Savour, but Challenges Remain for LGBTI Rights in Lebanon

When a Lebanon court of appeal upheld a ruling in July that adult, consensual same-sex conduct is not an “unnatural offence,” a wave of excitement rippled through Lebanese lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)…

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ADDED ON: 08/29/2018

LGBTI Activist Reacts to Arrest of 57 Alleged Homosexual Men in Lagos

The Nigerian Police Force is in the news for arresting 57 alleged homosexual men in Lagos. The news has not caught the attention of foremost LGBT rights activist Bisi Alimi. He has made…

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ADDED ON: 08/27/2018

Police Arrest 57 Suspected Homosexuals in Lagos

The Lagos State Police Command on Monday said it had arrested 57 persons suspected to be involved in homosexual activities in the Egbeda area of the state. The Lagos State Commissioner of…

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ADDED ON: 08/27/2018

Islamist Politician Says Malaysian Govt. Should ‘take Action’ Against LGBTI Community

A politician from an Islamist party in Malaysia has defended a sermon which said the government should take ‘stern action’ against the country’s LGBTI community. Nasrudin Hassan also hit out at the religious…

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ADDED ON: 08/26/2018

Irish Prime Minister Raises LGBTI Issues During Papal Visit

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar raised LGBTI-specific issues during Pope Francis’ two-day visit to the country. Varadkar, who is openly gay, on Saturday in a speech in front of Francis at Dublin Castle pointed out…

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ADDED ON: 08/25/2018

Brutal Attack On A Trans Woman Sparks Fear In Malaysia’s LGBTQ Community

In her dimly lit room in a Malaysian village, Suki rests on a bed as she recovers from a brutal attack that has highlighted what campaigners say is growing hostility towards gay…

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ADDED ON: 08/23/2018

Mahathir’s Malaysia Accused of ‘state-sponsored homophobia’ After LGBTI Crackdown

The new government’s first 100 days in power have been marked by increased discrimination, harassment and violent hate crime against the LGBTI community. In the early hours of Saturday, the police and…

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ADDED ON: 08/22/2018

Malaysia: Two Women Face Caning for Same-Sex Conduct

Malaysian authorities should drop the case against two women for same-sex relations before their scheduled caning on August 28, 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. A court convicted the two on August 12…

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