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December 17, 2013

Church bodies working with advocates of alien cultures such as homosexuality, hidden under veil of human rights, according to Zambia’s Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba

Churches are working with LGBTI activists to threaten Zambia’s society, Minister of Justice Wynter Kabimba has said.

He made the rebuke during a speech at a building fundraising service for St Bartholomew Congregation Church on Sunday (15 December) according to the Zambia Daily Mail newspaper.

Kabimba donated ZK3,000 ($547 €399) to the church.

‘We are disappointed as government to see that some church bodies have chosen to form coalitions to destroy the cultural fabric of this country,’ Kabimba said.

November 28, 2013

The Greek Government appears to be ready to honor a European Court of Human Rights ruling that it must open its scheme recognizing the relationships of unmarried heterosexual couples to gay couples, with a bill introduced by one of the government coalition parties

Greece appears to be ready to allow same-sex couples the civil unions it already offers heterosexual couples in line with a European Court of Human Rights ruling earlier this month.

The Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) party announced it would table legislation to extend the civil unions scheme to gay couples after meeting with the Greek Minister of Justice Charalambos Athanassiou on Tuesday.

May 8, 2013

A poster depicts Guiana-born Christiane Taubira as a raging gorilla faced with thousands of anti-gay demonstrators

A poster protesting against equal marriage in France is going viral after being called racist.

It depicts Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira, born in Guiana, as a raging gorilla King Kong figure, overwhelmed by a flood of anti-gay protestors from Manif Pour Tous.

The slogan is a play on words, with ‘manif monstre’ meaning ‘giant demonstration’.

Posted on 6 May, it outraged gay rights activists as well as those who oppose marriage equality.

January 6, 2013

Jamaican Minister of Justice hints a law banning anti-gay discrimination may be introduced due to pressures to accept  ‘Western’ human rights

In response to a report by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) criticizing Jamaica for its abuse of its LGBT citizens, the country's Minister of Justice hinted that an anti-discrimination legislation, inclusive of sexual orientation, maybe introduced.

November 25, 2012

Open letter by LGBT rights activist Maurice Tomlinson to Jamaican minister of justice about the delayed review of the country's anti-buggery law

Open Letter to Jamaica's minister of justice, The Honourable Mark Golding regarding the delayed review of the country's anti-buggery law.

Dear Honourable Minister Golding,

I read with dismay, but not surprise, that the government of Jamaica has put the issue of the promised review of the anti-sodomy law on hold, perhaps indefinitely.

November 5, 2012

Malawi announced a moratorium on all anti-gay laws and their enforcement in order to encourage a public debate about decriminalising homosexuality

Ralph Kasambara, who is minister of justice and the attorney general of Malawi, stated that move is a bid to encourage a public debate on whether homosexuality should continue to be criminalized.

Speaking with the Malawi Today daily he said:‘There is a moratorium on all such laws, meaning that police will not arrest or prosecute anyone based on these laws. These laws will not be enforced until the time that Parliament makes a decision.

September 17, 2012

France’s government unveiled the outline of its proposed same-sex marriage which was met by criticism by Catholics and by gay rights activists who state that lack of fertility assistance falls short of full equality

The bill on gay marriage and adoption will be presented on 31 October to the cabinet, but the full text of the proposed bill is still being elaborated, with a final decision on its precise wording, by the French prime minister and president.

Some of the key points of the proposed marriage equality bill was criticised by both LGBT rights groups as well as conservative and Catholic groups.

August 11, 2012

Lebanese LGBT advocacy organization Helem held a protested demanding immediate halt to the use of the anal probe and virginal exams

Lebanese LGBT advocacy organization Helem held a protest this morning (11 August) in front of the Lebanese ministry of justice in Beirut, demanding immediate halt to the use of the anal probe and vaginal exams (used to test for virginity).

This historic protest was the biggest ever public demonstration of LGBT advocates and their supporter in the Arab world, and a very rare occasion. The only other protest happened in 2008, also in Beirut.

August 8, 2012

The Lebanese Medical Association act after 36 men get anal probes and ban discredited 'torture' tests but public prosectuor wants to keep them

Lebanese medical chiefs have ordered doctors to stop carrying out 'anal probe' tests to find out if men are gay but the country's public prosecutor has said the tests should continue.

February 6, 2012

Human rights minister Samir Dilou attacks Gay Day Magazine and agrees gays need ‘medical treatment’ in TV interview

Tunisia’s human rights minister has attacked an online gay magazine while being interviewed by homophobic TV presenter Samir El-Wafi.

Minister Samir Dilou said ‘freedom of expression has its limits’ and agreed homosexuality was a ‘perversion’ which needed to be ‘treated medically’.