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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: 12/27/2020

Tears of joy as LGBTQ asylum seeker battered by police wins fight to stay in Liverpool

An LGBTQ asylum seeker described their tears of joy when a judge said they could stay in Liverpool after fleeing murder, police brutality and discrimination in El Salvador. The artist, who now…

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ADDED ON: 12/25/2020

Uganda charges leading lawyer for LGBT rights with money laundering

Nicholas Opiyo, one of Uganda’s most prominent human rights lawyers, has been charged with money laundering. Opiyo, known for representing LGBTQ+ people, appeared before magistrates in Kampala on Thursday and was remanded…

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ADDED ON: 12/23/2020

Uganda detains leading lawyer for LGBT rights on money-laundering charges

Security agencies in Uganda have arrested a prominent human rights lawyer over alleged money laundering. Nicholas Opiyo, known for representing LGBTQ+ people, was arrested in a restaurant in the capital, Kampala, on…

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ADDED ON: 12/22/2020

Greek LGBTQ+ rights: ‘It was a lynching. No other way to describe it’

Days after his death in the heart of Athens, the image of Zak Kostopoulos began to appear across the city centre, on buildings and nondescript office blocks, the marble steps of neoclassical…

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ADDED ON: 12/22/2020

Washington DC bans gay & trans “panic” defenses in criminal cases

Defense attorneys have also argued the same theory when it comes to crimes against transgender people, saying that when their clients discovered their sexual partner was transgender, they panicked or flew into…

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ADDED ON: 12/22/2020

Canadian lawmakers vote for non-binary gender option on citizenship cards in ‘respect of basic human rights’

“We want this resolution to remind all our LGBTQ2+ citizens that you are embraced in our community and your Métis government, and we are proud of who you are,” Chartrand added. The…

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ADDED ON: 12/19/2020

Forum focused on the importance of LGBTQ rights in Central America

As part of the commemoration of International Human Rights Day, the organization Visibles de Guatemala, held a virtual forum on LGBTQ rights in Central America from December 9 to 12 with the…

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ADDED ON: 12/17/2020

EXCLUSIVE: Mashrou’ Leila lead singer discusses struggles, activist’s suicide

The out lead singer of the Lebanese rock band Mashrou’ Leila says their career has been “a constant battle for breath.” “Singing is an act of intentional breathing,” Hamed Sinno told the…

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ADDED ON: 12/15/2020

Interfaith declaration seeks forgiveness for harm caused to LGBT people

More than 370 religious leaders around the world have signed a new declaration which seeks forgiveness for religious teachings that have harmed LGBT people, calls for an end to the criminalisation of…

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ADDED ON: 12/15/2020

GAY INDONESIAN POLICE OFFICER SUING FOR WRONGFUL DISMISSAL

A former Indonesian police officer is suing the force following his wrongful dismissal due to his sexuality, with the case a ‘first of its kind’ for the country. The plaintiff, 31-year-old Tri…

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ADDED ON: 12/15/2020

Egyptian pastor opens conversion therapy school to “treat” LGBTQ youth

An evangelical pastor in Egypt intends to open up school in Heliopolis which will inflict conversion therapy on LGBTQ youth in the area. Pastor Tony George Rizk, creator of community youth service…

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ADDED ON: 12/13/2020

The hashtag that grew the most on Twitter this year is “#transrightsarehumanrights”

J.K. Rowling recently said that she believes people agree with her transphobic opinions, but they’re just “afraid to speak up” on them. “Many are afraid to speak up because they fear for…

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