Category Archives: Asia

Pressure on Kyrgyzstan to derail Russia-style anti-LGBTI bill

Human rights activists are putting pressure on Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev to reject a proposed anti-“gay propaganda” law during his travels in Europe this week and next. Human Rights Watch urged leaders France, Germany and Switzerland to raise three human rights … Continue reading

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Indonesian activists reject Muslim clerics’ anti-gay fatwa

Criticism greeted a harsh proposal from Indonesia’s top Islamic clerical group, which called for the country to enact a law against same-sex intimacy and to impose the death penalty. The proposal was contained in an edict, or fatwa, from the … Continue reading

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Online activists spur change in Middle East, China, world

Online LGBT activism and community-building are the focus of this week’s video in the “Quorum” series of 11 discussions of international LGBTI issues. Moderator for the latest discussion is Andre Banks, executive director of AllOut.org, the  U.S.-based advocacy organization that … Continue reading

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‘Save us from the saviors,’ say LGBT Indians, sex workers (video)

American religious evangelicals aren’t the only ones who need to learn to respect LGBT people and sex workers.  Progressive activists do too, says Meena Seshu, the founder and secretary-general of the Indian health and human rights advocacy group Sangram. “I … Continue reading

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How to protest Russia-style anti-gay bill in Kygyzstan

LGBTI rights activists are seeking international support for their attempts to block a proposed Kyrgyz law that would be even harsher than Russia’s anti-“gay propaganda” law. Unlike the Russian law, the Kyrgyz proposal would provide for imprisonment for mentioning homosexuality … Continue reading

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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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