Category Archives: Commentary

African Commission to promote LGBTI interests

The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights recently adopted a historic multilateral agreement, along with 25 nations, the EU, UNAIDS and the UNDP. Owing to its importance for Africa in particular, we are publishing the entire communique.  This could well serve … Continue reading

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Medical centre stripped bare in Douala, Cameroon

The Empower Medical Centre run by Aids Acodev Cameroon in Douala, is again object of criminal thievery. Douala, with more than 3,000,000 inhabitants, is Cameroon`s largest city. Overnight on November 21 – 22, unidentified thieves broke into the Centre in the … Continue reading

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Gambia: Life Sentence for ‘Aggravated Homosexuality’

We are republishing the entire news release from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch on the worsening situation for LGBTI in Gambia.  New Law Threatens LGBTI Community (Dakar, November 21, 2014) – Gambia’s recent passage of a homophobic law puts the … Continue reading

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Exporting hate from Canada to Tanzania, part 2

  A Toronto, Ontario, Canada woman, just returned from Tanzania, attended and heard the anti-gay keynote address delivered by the by Canadian theologian, Dr. Gary Badcock, at St. Philip’s Theological College in Kongwa, on November 8th. Yesterday, on November 20th, she … Continue reading

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Gambia must stop wave of homophobic arrests and torture

Editor’s Note: Amnesty International issued this important news release on the Gambia on 18 November 2014.  We republish a very slightly edited version here.  The unedited news release may be viewed here. By Amnesty International Press Office in London, UK. The … Continue reading

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Exposing persection of LGBT individuals in Iraq

Editor’s Note: We are re-publishing here today’s press release from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)  announcing the launch of two new briefings on violence and abuse of LGBT individuals in Iraq. The two reports are available for download on … Continue reading

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2 low-risk ways to seek LGBT rights in Africa

Suzanne Nossel, a former U.S. diplomat, proposes two tactics could save the lives of LGBT people in anti-gay countries, especially in Africa, as the battle against homophobia continues there.  She proposes: Listen to local activists Enlist local straight allies Nossel … Continue reading

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