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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: 09/15/2018

The Strange, Long Afterlife of an Inhumane Colonial Law

One of the enduring, cruel legacies of British colonialism was that even decades and centuries after nations threw off British rule, there remained a chilling similarity to the experience of boys and…

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ADDED ON: 09/15/2018

What Is Happening to LGBTI Rights in Malaysia?

Malaysia's new government promised to tackle human rights, but in the last few months, LGBTI Malaysians have felt increasingly under threat. More than four months after a historic change in government in…

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ADDED ON: 09/13/2018

Sri Lanka Should Take Up the Challenge on LGBTI Rights

The Indian Supreme Court decision referenced Pant versus Nepal, a 2007 Nepal Supreme Court decision, several times. That case led to a similar outcome in Nepal – an expression of dignity and equality before…

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ADDED ON: 09/13/2018

LGBTI Kenyans Hope for Court Win After India Scraps ‘gay sex’ Ban

A battle in Kenya’s courts to throw out a British colonial-era law criminalizing gay sex has been reinvigorated after India scrapped similar legislation in a landmark ruling last week, LGBT rights campaigners…

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ADDED ON: 09/12/2018

The Homophobic Legacy of the British Empire

A wave of joy and relief swept through India's LGBTI community last week following a landmark decision by the country's Supreme Court to legalize consensual gay sex. The announcement that Section 377,…

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ADDED ON: 09/12/2018

Still Waiting for Its 377 Moment, Kashmir’s LGBTI Community Hopes in the Shadows

The Supreme Court reading down Section 377 and decriminalizing homosexuality was a moment of celebration and joy everywhere in the country — except in Jammu and Kashmir, where the LGBT+ community has…

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ADDED ON: 09/09/2018

Remembering Siddharth Gautam: India’s First LGBT Activist

“History owes an apology to LGBT persons for ostracisation and discrimination.” With that, the Supreme Court struck down the draconian law that criminalised sexual activities between two consenting homosexual adults. But the…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2018

Chechnya Gay Purge’s Forgotten Lesbian and Transgender Victims

It has been more than a year since news emerged of a crisis unfolding in Chechnya. Hundreds of gay men were being abducted and held in makeshift prison camps, where they were…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2018

Over 50 Trans-Candidates Registered for Brazilian General Election

At least 50 transgendered candidates have registered to participate in Brazil's October general elections. Although candidates may be removed for not fulfilling requirements outlined by the Electoral Justice Court, the current number,…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2018

Homosexuality is Against Nature: Religious Groups

Unhappy with the Supreme Court decriminalising homosexuality, various religious groups are up in arms with some of them planning to approach the top court for seeking a review of the historic verdict.…

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ADDED ON: 09/07/2018

Section 377: The Fight for LGBT Rights Has Just Begun

In 1884, an unusual case came up in the then colonial Allahabad high court. For months, the police had been tailing a person named Khairati on the suspicion that he was a…

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ADDED ON: 09/07/2018

India’s Supreme Court Decriminalizes Gay Sex in Historic Ruling

India’s top court on Thursday overturned a 157-year-old law criminalizing gay sex in a landmark victory for gay rights in the world’s largest democracy. A panel of five judges issued a unanimous…

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