Category Archives: International pressure for LGBT rights

Gay Briton freed in Morocco; no word on his local partner

After 23,738 petitioners complained and British diplomats intervened, Morocco has released a British tourist who had been sentenced to four months in  prison on homosexuality charges. The BBC and The Guardian reported the news of 69-year-old Ray Cole’s release today. … Continue reading

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Ugandan viewpoint: ‘a dead activist is not a good activist’

Perseverance. Fear. Difficulties. Threats. Tolerance. Leadership.  Those are some of the themes of an interview with Clare Byarugaba, who until this summer was co-leader of Uganda’s Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law, which led the opposition to … Continue reading

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Canon Ogle on the move; ‘lot of work to do’ on LGBTI rights

The St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports local LGBTI rights groups in many countries with anti-gay laws, is preparing to open a new office on the East Coast of the United States. The move will occur as the … Continue reading

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U.N. keeps focus on anti-LGBTI violence; Africa divided

The U.N. Human Rights Council today passed a resolution opposing violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Contrary to some predictions, the proposal, pushed by Latin American countries, did not face united opposition either from all African … Continue reading

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Egyptian, Jamaican activists seek international outcry

Activists in Egypt and Jamaica are seeking outpourings of international support for their efforts to combat homophobia. The request from Egyptian activists is for online messages in blogs and on Twitter  on Sept. 24 and 25 to protest an ongoing … Continue reading

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Ivory Coast activists join push for U.N. rights resolution

Human rights defenders in Ivory Coast today urged their country to support a  U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution seeking action against discrimination and violence targeting people on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity (SOGI). The resolution, … Continue reading

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Goal: Boost safety, effectiveness of LGBTI rights defenders

The human rights group Justice and Peace Netherlands (Justitia et Pax) is offering a training program for human rights defenders who want to increase their effectiveness as activists and reduce the risks they run as they challenge the status quo. … Continue reading

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