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December 30, 2013

‘A Jew always has a much higher soul than a non-Jew,’ regardless of their sexuality according to Bayit Yehudi lawmaker Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan

Israel’s deputy minister for religious services has defended his party’s allowing equal tax benefits to be extended to same-sex couples who are raising children by saying that Jews are still superior to non-Jews regardless of their sexuality.

‘A Jew always has a much higher soul than a non-Jew,’ Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) lawmaker Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan told the Maariv newspaper on Friday, according to Haaretz.

May 13, 2013

Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Gela Khvedelidze is in custody for illegally posting a sex tape of a threesome allegedly involving a journalist

Georgia’s Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs has been arrested for illegally circulating private video footage online.

The content in question is a gay sex tape allegedly involving prominent journalist Giorgi Paresashvili. 

Paresashvili held a press conference on 4 May, the day after the video footage went viral, saying that the footage was ‘fabricated’ because he was conducting a corruption investigation into Khvedelidze and two other government officials.

Khvedelidze has admitted to circulating the private footage on the Internet.

April 13, 2013

The Zambian Government has suggested that it will introduce harsher punishments for LGBT people after a human rights activist appeared on television to discuss gay rights

Zambian Government ministers have suggested that penalties for LGBT people may be increased following the arrest of human rights activist Paul Kasonkomona after he appeared on Zambian television to discuss gay rights.

Kasonkomona was arrested last Sunday directly after he appeared on Zambia’s MUVI television channel and was held for three nights before police charged him with being 'idle and disorderly in a public place.'

December 21, 2012

The establishment of an LGBT friendly mosque in France has been condemned by authorities in Malaysia

One of Malaysia’s top politicians has warned Muslims to be wary about the spread of homosexuality following the establishment of an LGBT friendly mosque in France.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mashitah Ibrahim said homosexuality was a major transgression in Islam and what was being practiced in Europe should not be emulated in Malaysia.

September 28, 2012

The Council of Europe conference of ministers ended for the first time in its history without a declaration being adopted due to Russia's opposition to a mention of gay rights

Russia refused to sign a declaration issued at the 9th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for youth, which included an article against discrimination of LGBT youth. 

The conference was concluded today in St. Petersburg, Russia, and for the first time since 1985 a declaration was not adopted.

The theme of the conference this year was 'young people’s access to rights: development of innovative youth policies.'

June 24, 2012

Iranian authorities shut a famous publishing house for allegedly promoting 'homosexuality, incest, and sexual relations between men and women outside marriage’

Iranian authorities announced last Friday, 22 June, that the reason they shut down a prominent publishing house in Tehran was due to its ‘promotion of homosexuality, incest, and sexual relations between men and women outside marriage’.

On 8 June, Iranian officials decided to permanently shut 'Cheshmeh' (Spring in Persian), one of Iran’s leading publishing house, particularly respected in the country’s literary, academic, and intellectual circles.

June 21, 2012

Syahredzan Johan contradicts deputy minister Dr Mashitah Ibrahim's reading of Article 8 of the Malaysian constitution

Malaysian lawyer Syahredzan Johan has said a deputy minister’s reading of the country’s constitution is ‘narrow’.

Dr Mashitah Ibrahim, deputy minister in the prime minister’s department said in the senate earlier this week that Malaysia’s constitution does protect citizens against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

June 20, 2012

Malaysia deputy minister says government is ‘tackling’ LGBT issue

A Malaysia deputy minister questioned in the senate yesterday, said that the constitution did not protect the rights of LGBT citizens.

Dr Mashitah Ibrahim, deputy minister in the prime minister’s department responded to a question in the senate about what the government was doing to ‘tackle’ LGBT issues.

‘A series of rehabilitation and treatment courses will be given to Muslims who have deviated from societal norms,’ said Mashitah. She said that being LGBT was against Islam and the constitution of the country, as Islam is the official religion.

March 23, 2012

The Malaysian government is working with several NGOs to help resolve LGBT ‘problems’

An official has revealed that the Malaysian government is training volunteers to 'help' the LGBT community, as part of its anti-homosexual campaign.

During a parliamentary session on Thursday (22 March), Mashitah Ibrahim, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, said the Malaysian government has ‘prevention’ and ‘law enforcement’ as its theme when it comes to LGBT issues.