Category Archives: Asia

New U.S. strategies for combating anti-gay laws

United States officials are pushing two relatively new strategies for promoting the human rights of LGBTI people worldwide. Over the opposition of Global South politicians and others who complain of neo-colonialism whenever the U.S. tries to dissuade homophobic nations from … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Top judges send opposing politician to jail for sodomy

Human Rights Watch reports: The conviction of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim after seven years of politically motivated proceedings under an abusive and archaic law is a major setback for human rights in Malaysia, Human Rights Watch said today. On February … Continue reading

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Blogger risks jail for comments on Singapore anti-gay law

A blogger in Singapore has been found in contempt of court — a finding that puts him at risk of a jail sentence — for his coverage of legal proceedings that dismissed lawsuits seeking to overturn Singapore’s anti-gay law, Section … Continue reading

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LGBTI activists optimistic about new Sri Lankan leaders

LGBTI activists in Sri Lanka hope that a new group of reform-minded leaders who took office early this month will move the country closer to repeal of its ancient anti-gay law. “We are confident they will do the right thing,” … Continue reading

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European Parliament urges Kyrgyzstan to drop anti-LGBTI bill

The European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBTI Rights reports: In a resolution adopted today, the European Parliament calls on Kyrgyzstan to reject a bill which would censor information on LGBTI issues. The draft law would punish the dissemination of information “aimed … Continue reading

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12 grim lands, 7 bright spots in LGBTI preview of 2015

As debate over LGBTI rights continues worldwide in 2015, progress has been made in at least seven of the 76-plus countries with laws against homosexuality.  In another 12 countries, the situation is grim and could get worse. Below are previews … Continue reading

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At least 587 LGBTI arrested in India in 2014

New Delhi media reported that 778 cases were registered and 587 people arrested under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code in 2014 according to Home Ministry statistics. These statistics were gathered starting one month after the December 2013 judgement … Continue reading

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