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October 21, 2013

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government has heeded concerns that its bill to legalize same-sex marriages could be further strengthened to withstand a court challenge and has moved to amend it

The Australian campaign for the legalization of same-sex marriage has welcomed moves by the ACT Government to strengthen its same-sex marriage legislation after it identified flaws in the bill.

ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell today announced amendments that will help ensure the Bill has a better chance of surviving a High Court challenge.

Corbell had earlier today rejected claims that the bill was not as strong as it could be in surviving a challenge by the Australian Government but has since backed down and said he will amend the bill.

June 3, 2013

Investigators have arrested suspects in the second violent gay murder in less than a month

Police have arrested three suspects in the murder of a 39-year-old airport senior administrator.

According to Reuters, the three men in a village on the Kamchatka peninsula on Russia's eastern coast stabbed and trampled a man to death before putting his body in a car and setting the vehicle on fire. The unidentified victim is believed to be a local deputy director of Ozyornaya airport.

May 2, 2013

Government should be 'ashamed' says Human Rights Watch for publishing 'discriminatory, dangerous and unacceptable' material

The ruling coalition in Malaysia, Barisanl Nasional (BN), who hope to get re-elected on Sunday, has printed anti-LGBT election material.

A list of BN's policies includs 'menyekat LGBT', meaning 'block LGBT'. The text underneath says BN are 'curbing a damaging culture'. The flyer also says that the opposition coalition of PKR, DAP and PAS are 'encouraging LGBT'.

Phil Robertson, Asia deputy director of Human Rights Watch said the Malaysian government 'should be ashamed' for having their name associated with such material.

April 7, 2013

Senior health experts say that sex between men is the main cause HIV infections among Chinese college students rose by 25% last year

Gay sex is to blame for most of 2,000 new HIV infections in China last year, according to health experts.

Over 1,700 college students were infected with HIV in 2012, approximately 65% of which were contracted through sex with people of the same gender, according to Xinhau News Agency.

Most of the 1,700 cases were male students, said deputy director of the National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention Wang Ning.

Ning said that more people getting tested for HIV is one reason for a rise in new cases.

February 1, 2013

Malaysia is 'backsliding on rights' says international human rights watchdog

Human Rights Watch has criticized Malaysia in its annual report published today.

'The Malaysian government’s promised human rights agenda fell far short in practice in 2012,' said Asia deputy director Phil Robertson.

'As elections approach, the government will need to demonstrate its willingness to uphold the rights of all citizens, whatever their political views.'

December 5, 2012

Government draws up action plan to tackle male prostitution in cities including Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang

Gay male prostitution is on the increase in several cities across Vietnam, according to government officials.

Le Van Quy, deputy director of the Ho Chi Minh City Bureau for Social Evil Prevention, claims a growing number of men are becoming gay sex workers in the South East Asian country, reported Vietnamnet Bridge.

July 25, 2012

Anwar Ibrahim is ‘fundamentally wrong’ says Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called out Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on saying last week that gay people should be discriminated against.

Deputy director of HRW (Asia division) Phil Robertson said that Anwar was ‘fundamentally wrong’.

‘While this might be a good vote-getting strategy in some parts of Malaysia,’ Robertson said in a statement.