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February 24, 2014

Amnesty, Human Rights Group, and even Deputy PM Nick Clegg haves slammed the new law implementing life imprisonment for repeat offenders for homosexuality

Global gay rights groups have condemned Uganda’s president for signing the anti-gay bill into law.

Yoweri Museveni signed the long-delayed bill into law, one of the most draconic legislations in the world.

It toughens up present laws to include life imprisonment for ‘repeat offenders’ of homosexuality.

It will also be illegal to ‘promote’ homosexuality, and those who fail to report homosexuals to the police will also risk arrest or jail.

February 12, 2014

International human rights group Human Rights Watch has called on the Malaysian Government to stop trying to have Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim prosecuted over claims he has had sex with men and to end its colonial era ban on gay sex

Human Rights Watch have called on the Malaysian Government to end its attempts to have Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim jailed over claims he has had sex with men in what is widely viewed as an effort to keep the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition in power.

BN have ruled Malaysia since 1974 and Ibrahim is a former BN MP turned vocal critic of the government who has been trying to unseat the Malaysian Government since 1998.

January 29, 2014

Human Rights Watch have called on the country's government to deal with the 'nightmare' for LGBTI people

Gay men are reportedly facing extreme abuse by police, including at least one instance of ‘hammer rape’, in Kyrgyzstan.

International charity Human Rights Watch is urging authorities in the Central Asian country to acknowledge the police brutality and investigate all allegations of torture, blackmail and intimidation.

‘Gay and bisexual men in Kyrgyzstan already live in fear due to widespread homophobic attitudes, and the police are making a nightmarish situation even worse,” Human Rights Watch researcher Anna Kirey said.

January 29, 2014

Human Rights Watch have called on the country's government to deal with the 'nightmare' for LGBTI people

Gay men are reportedly facing extreme abuse by police, including at least one instance of ‘hammer rape’, in Kyrgyzstan.

International charity Human Rights Watch is urging authorities in the Central Asian country to acknowledge the police brutality and investigate all allegations of torture, blackmail and intimidation.

‘Gay and bisexual men in Kyrgyzstan already live in fear due to widespread homophobic attitudes, and the police are making a nightmarish situation even worse,” Human Rights Watch researcher Anna Kirey said.

January 12, 2014

A Cameroonian man who was jailed for sending a text message to another man saying ‘I’m very much in love with you’ and labeled a ‘curse’ by his family has died

Roger Jean-Claude Mbédé, 34, died on Friday (10 January) in Cameroon after his family removed him from hospital where he was seeking treatment for a hernia, according to a lawyer who worked on his case.

Mbédé was arrested in March 2011 after texting another man with the message ‘I’m very much in love with you’. He was convicted the following month and sentenced to three years in jail under a Cameroonian law that imposes up to five years in prison for homosexual acts.

January 3, 2014

Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks publicly acknowledges her sexual orientation for the first time, becoming the country’s first openly lesbian prime minister

Germany’s Environment Minister has come out as a lesbian.

While some maintain Barbara Hendrick’s sexuality was an ‘open secret,’ the 61-year-old minister officially came out in a recent interview with Rheinische Post.

When asked what she had planned for New Year’s Eve, Hendrick revealed she would be celebrating with her partner in Berlin.

January 3, 2014

Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks publicly acknowledges her sexual orientation for the first time, becoming the country’s first openly lesbian prime minister

Germany’s Environment Minister has come out as a lesbian.

While some maintain Barbara Hendrick’s sexuality was an ‘open secret,’ the 61-year-old minister officially came out in a recent interview with Rheinische Post.

When asked what she had planned for New Year’s Eve, Hendrick revealed she would be celebrating with her partner in Berlin.

November 30, 2013

Alternatives-Cameroun awarded for HIV education and medical support, particularly for sexual minorities, in difficult circumstances

An organization who provide HIV education and medical support for sexual minorities in Cameroon, in the midst of increasing violence against LGBT people, has won the 2013 Awards for Action from the Canadian HIV/Aids Legal Network.

November 21, 2013

Now LGBTI activists get ready to turn Coca-Cola’s headline sponsorship of the Sochi games into an embarrassing failure

Coca-Cola has indicated it will not be taking a stance against Russia’s anti-gay laws at the Sochi Winter Olympics where it is a headline sponsor.

The soft drinks firm has also backed the International Olympic Committee’s response to Russian human rights abuses.

October 22, 2013

Thabo Makgoba, Metropolitan of the Anglican Church in Southern Africa has released a video statement in which he calls for an end to violence and discrimination against LGBT people in Africa

The Most Revd Dr. Thabo Makgoba, Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town and Metropolitan of Southern Africa, has partnered with international human rights group Human Rights Watch to release a video message decrying homophobic violence and anti-LGBT discrimination on the African continent.

In the video Makgoba challenges arguments put forward by several African governments that culture, tradition, and religion justify the marginalization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people.

‘Don’t fear,’Makgoba says to LGBT people in the video message.

September 17, 2013

Global human rights group Human Rights Watch have called on Malaysia to repeal its colonial era law banning gay sex as the government continues to use it to harass Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim

Global human rights group Human Rights Watch have called on the Malaysian Government to cease its legal harassment of Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and repeal the country’s colonial era sodomy law.

Human Rights Watch made the call after the Malaysian Government decided to appeal the acquittal of Ibrahim in the Malaysian High Court on sodomy charges.

August 8, 2013

Desmond Tutu and Pope Francis’ gay-friendly remarks sparked a public debate in the West. In Sub-Saharan Africa, and particularly in the DRC, discussion has been limited

Gay-friendly declarations from the clergy have been all the rage lately. On 26 July 2013, at a press conference for a United Nations campaign to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) human rights, retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu declared he would rather attend hell than a homophobic heaven.

These words were spun into international headlines.

July 26, 2013

Groups say they can no longer work without the protection of the authorities

Gay rights and Aids prevention groups in Cameroon say they can no longer do their work under the threat of violence without the protection of the police, following the murder of high-profile activist Eric Lembembe last week.

'We have all decided to stop our work in the field because our security is at risk,' said executive director of Alternatives-Cameroun Yves Yomb, the Guardian reports. 'We have no protection from the police and we feel that our lives are at risk.'

July 24, 2013

As the world is in shock over the brutal murder of gay rights activists Eric Lembembe, the court readies to free two men convicted of homosexuality

Cameroon has found two men guilty of having gay sex, a lawyer has revealed.

As the world is shocked over the brutal murder of Cameroonian gay activst Eric Lembembe, it was revealed two men had been jailed for homosexuality.

Nicolas Ntamack, 19, received a one year jail sentence, with Joseph Omgbwa, 48, imprisoned for two years. Seraphin Ntsama, a third suspect, was acquitted.

July 16, 2013

Human Rights Watch has accused the authorities of failing to do anything, sending a message gay people can be murdered without consequence

A Cameroon gay activist was tortured and killed, it was revealed today (16 July).

Eric Ohena Lembembe’s body was discovered by his friends at his home in the capital Yaounde on Monday evening after he had unreachable for two days.

According to the Human Rights Watch, the friends found his front door padlocked on the outside but could see Lembembe’s body lying on his bed through the window.

According to one friend, Lembembe’s neck and feet appeared to have been broken, and his face, hands, and feet had been burned with an iron.



July 12, 2013

But homosexuality remains officially illegal and there are sometimes police crackdowns

The Lebanese Psychiatric Society has declared homosexuality is not a mental illness.

The society says in a statement: 'Homosexuality in itself does not cause any defect in judgment, stability, reliability or social and professional abilities.'

It also states: 'The assumption that homosexuality is a result of disturbances in the family dynamic or unbalanced psychological development is based on wrong information.'

July 12, 2013

But homosexuality remains officially illegal and there are sometimes police crackdowns

The Lebanese Psychiatric Society has declared homosexuality is not a mental illness.

The society says in a statement: 'Homosexuality in itself does not cause any defect in judgment, stability, reliability or social and professional abilities.'

It also states: 'The assumption that homosexuality is a result of disturbances in the family dynamic or unbalanced psychological development is based on wrong information.'

July 1, 2013

Groups advocating for the human rights of LGBT people have suffered a spate of attacks in Cameroon with one office torched and computers and files stolen from others

Six human rights groups have joined together to call on the Government of Cameroon to denounce and prosecute a spate of attacks on human rights groups in the country that advocate for LGBT people and people with HIV.

Affirmative Action, Alternatives-Cameroun, the Association for the Defense of Homosexuals (ADEFHO), the Cameroonian Foundation for AIDS (CAMFAIDS), Humanity First Cameroon, and international human rights group Human Rights Watch made the call for action today.

June 26, 2013

Security forces in Lebanon routinely torture, beat, verbally and physically abuse people suspected of being gay, breaching international agreements which the country ratified, says a report

Lebanese Internal Security Forces threaten, ill-treat, and torture LGBT people in their custody says report released today (26 June).

In just one example of many interviewees, Nadim was arrested in 2010 because his brother was suspected of drug dealing. He was repeatedly beaten, threatened, and subjected to an ‘anal probe’ examination.

June 26, 2013

Security forces in Lebanon routinely torture, beat, verbally and physically abuse people suspected of being gay, breaching international agreements which the country ratified, says a report

Lebanese Internal Security Forces threaten, ill-treat, and torture LGBT people in their custody says report released today (26 June).

In just one example of many interviewees, Nadim was arrested in 2010 because his brother was suspected of drug dealing. He was repeatedly beaten, threatened, and subjected to an ‘anal probe’ examination.

June 21, 2013

Gay rights charity urges the International Olympics Committee to speak out against Russia's treatment of gay people

One of the world’s largest human rights organizations has blasted the Olympics for their statement on Russia’s anti-gay bill.

Human Rights Watch have voiced their concerns about the ‘non-traditional relationships propaganda’ draft bill, which is likely to be passed by the Senate at the end of this month and signed into law by President Vladimir Putin.

June 7, 2013

International human rights organization speak out against new media regulations in Singapore, as petition is launched and protest is planned

Human Rights Watch today called for Singapore to withdraw new media regulations that will censor news websites and further restrict coverage of LGBT issues.

'Singapore’s new licensing requirement casts a chill over the city-state’s robust and free-wheeling online communities, and will clearly limit Singaporeans’ access to independent media,' said Cynthia Wong senior internet researcher at Human Rights Watch. 'Websites will be forced into the role of private censors on behalf of the government.'

June 7, 2013

International human rights organization speak out against new media regulations in Singapore, as petition is launched and protest is planned

Human Rights Watch today called for Singapore to withdraw new media regulations that will censor news websites and further restrict coverage of LGBT issues.

'Singapore’s new licensing requirement casts a chill over the city-state’s robust and free-wheeling online communities, and will clearly limit Singaporeans’ access to independent media,' said Cynthia Wong senior internet researcher at Human Rights Watch. 'Websites will be forced into the role of private censors on behalf of the government.'

May 23, 2013

Just two days before the gay pride demonstration was planned to go ahead, Ukrainian courts upheld a city ban

Ukraine Pride in Kyiv was banned from happening today (23 May).

Just two days before the weekend was planned to go ahead, the city's district court upheld a suit by city authorities. 

In a petition signed by 61 lawmakers, they argued the rally would disturb annual Kyiv Day celebrations and spark violence.