Category Archives: International pressure for LGBT rights

Greeting the Pope, European official urges him to speak up

Christian Today reports: A top member of the European Parliament [on Nov. 25] handed over a symbolic gift to Pope Francis – a rainbow-patterned scarf. Ulrike Lunacek, head of delegation of the Austrian Green party, said she offered the Pope … Continue reading

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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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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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New fund aims to help Iranian LGBT community

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has launched a fund aimed at supporting the emerging Iranian LGBT community and addressing LGBT human rights violations in Iran. The goal is to support: Advocacy, research or outreach projects to  … 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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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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Burundi: Harassment, then support for young lesbian

This young woman’s story from Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, comes courtesy of Quebec City-based journalist Ruby Pratka, who publishes the blog Year of No Fear. In Burundi, same-sex intimacy is punishable by up to two years in prison. Dominique’s … Continue reading

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