Category Archives: Asia

Glimmer of hope for overturning India’s anti-gay law

BuzzFeed reports: India’s Supreme Court said [today] it would hear arguments in open court on whether to reconsider a December decision upholding the country’s colonial-era sodomy law, known as Section 377. This is LGBTI rights’ advocates last chance to toss … Continue reading

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India Supreme Court opens a path toward LGBTI rights

BuzzFeed reports: A victory for transgender rights in India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday [April 15] may have rescued the country’s LGBTI movement from the brink of legal disaster. For the past 12 years, the Indian LGBTI rights movement had pinned … Continue reading

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Muslim-ruled Brunei OKs stoning for gay sex

The predominantly Muslim nation of Brunei has adopted a new penal code that calls for death by stoning for sexual crimes, including gay sex, adultery, rape and extramarital sexual relations, and for declaring oneself to be non-Muslim. The United Nations … Continue reading

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Two slim chances to overturn India’s anti-gay law

India currently has two long-shot chances for overturning its anti-gay colonial law, Section 377, which was reinstated by an Indian Supreme Court decision on Dec. 11, 2013. The ruling Congress Party says it will seek to repeal the law if … Continue reading

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New court challenge to India’s anti-gay law

Pink News reports: Campaigners in India have begun a new challenge against the Supreme Court’s decision to recriminalise homosexuality. The Naz Foundation, an HIV support group, yesterday filed a curative petition challenging last December’s verdict. It argues that the court … Continue reading

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Anti-gay court action in Malaysia, Nigeria, Zambia

Three countries, three courts, three anti-gay moves: Malaysia: Opposition leader guilty of sodomy KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian court on [March 7] sentenced opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to five years in jail on sodomy charges, overturning an earlier … Continue reading

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13 arrests in crackdown as India revives anti-gay law

Police in the town of Hassan, near Bangalore, in southern India arrested 13 people on homosexuality charges in November, and they now face criminal charges under Section 377, the colonial-era anti-sodomy law that the Indian Supreme Court reinstated in December. … Continue reading

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Plea to Malaysia: Drop anti-gay law, political prosecution

From Human Rights Watch: Malaysia: Drop ‘Political’ Case Against Anwar  Revoke Law Criminalizing Homosexual Acts   (Bangkok, February 12, 2014) – The Malaysian government should drop its politically motivated prosecution of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim for alleged consensual homosexual relations, … Continue reading

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LGBT Cambodian activist, slain Cameroonian honored

The David Kato Vision & Voice Award announced today: Cambodian Transgender Activist Sou Sotheavy Wins 2014 David Kato Vision & Voice Award Renowned Ugandan activist Frank Mugisha will present Sou Sotheavy with the award on stage at the prestigious Teddy … Continue reading

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India court keeps anti-gay law; next hope, parliament

The Supreme Court of India today refused to reconsider its Dec. 11 ruling that reinstated Section 377, the country’s colonial-era law against homosexual activity. The decision means that efforts to change Section 377 through legislation will take priority, unless opponents … Continue reading

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