Category Archives: International pressure for LGBT rights

LGBT rights: As Canada cheers, Jamaica jeers

By Maurice Tomlinson Before today’s ceremonies marking WorldPride in Toronto, Maurice Tomlinson, Jamaican-born activist and first winner of the David Kato Vision and Voice Award, wrote the following account of the contrast between the celebrations in Canada and the anti-gay protest … Continue reading

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Commentary: Let’s face facts about Zambian corruption

Juliet Mphande, a human rights, media and peace activist from Zambia, writes: ZAMBIA IN CRISIS On June 8, 2014, Zambian deputy minister of foreign affairs Gabriel Namulambe made a well-orchestrated media performance in response to visiting United States of America … Continue reading

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Zambia to West: Don’t watch when we jail LGBT people

Zambian officials took offense this week at the presence of diplomatic observers in a courtroom where two allegedly gay young men are on trial on charges of violating Zambia’s anti-homosexuality law. “US, German support for sodomy-accused disappoints State” stated the … Continue reading

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Ugandan activists to U.S.: Thanks for heeding our advice

LGBTI rights activists in Uganda cheered the United States for following  their advice on how to avoid harming the Ugandan people while penalizing anti-gay Ugandan officials for the country’s harsh new anti-gay law. “In line with our guidelines. Very impressive. … Continue reading

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Tanzanian LGBT group seeks facts about harassment

Human rights activists in Tanzania are raising money for a survey of LGBT people in Tanzania to measure how much harassment and discrimination they face from police, health-care professionals and businesses. So far LGBT Voice of Tanzania has  raised $4,181 … Continue reading

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3 in Malawi prisons await ruling on sodomy law

Powerful figures in Malawi are battling in court over whether the country’s law against homosexual activity should be repealed. Malawian human rights activists argue that the law that criminalizes homosexual behavior (Section 153) is unconstitutional and in violation of  Malawi’s … Continue reading

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Caribbean youths seek repeal of 6 nations’ anti-gay laws

Youthful leaders from Caribbean countries with anti-gay laws met last weekend in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, where they signed a declaration seeking greater social acceptance of LGBT people and the repeal of unfair laws against them. Youthful members of the LGBT communities … Continue reading

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Malaysia: 17 transwomen arrested, seek $ to avoid prison

Seventeen transgender women were arrested in Malaysia on June 8 for allegedly violating the law against “men posing as women,” reports Justice for Sisters, an organization supporting LGBT rights in Malaysia. The arrests took place at a wedding celebration in … Continue reading

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Nigerian activist: Focus on LGBT rights is not enough

Gay activists in Africa need to focus on more than just LGBT rights, says  Cheikh Eteka Traore, leader of a Nigerian LGBT rights coalition opposing that country’s new anti-gay law. Focusing on a broader range of issues is a strength … Continue reading

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AIDS program ousts leader who embraces anti-gay laws

A prominent Jamaican AIDS fighter lost his job this week because he did not recognize that anti-gay laws limit the access of LGBT people to health care and increase HIV infection rates by pushing  the HIV epidemic underground. Homosexuality opponent … Continue reading

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