Category Archives: Trials / punishments

Days after Obama photo, Gambia arrests 12 in gay raids

Police in the west African nation of The Gambia last weekend arrested 12 men on suspicion of homosexuality in a series of “massive raids,” Gambia’s online Kibaaro News reported. The arrests came a few days after the U.S./Africa summit in … Continue reading

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Report: Lebanon targets gay men in 3 raids, 45 arrests

Journalist Dan Littauer reports on a wave of Lebanese police raids targeting gay men, starting with the Aug. 9 arrest of 27 men at the Agha Hammam Turkish bath in Beirut (reported here Aug. 13). Further raids reportedly occurred on … Continue reading

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Human rights complaint: Russia ignores anti-gay attacks

The Russian LGBT rights group Coming Out has filed a complaint at the European Court of Human Rights yesterday, accusing the Russian government of routinely ignoring homophobic attacks on LGBT rights protesters. This is the group’s press release: “Coming Out” … Continue reading

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Series of public hangings in Iran, including 2 for sodomy

Two prisoners were hanged in public on Aug. 6 in the city of Shiraz in southern Iran on charges of sodomy, Iran Human Rights reports. Details of the charges were unavailable. Iran Human Rights stated, “Since there was no mention … Continue reading

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Ugandan counterattack seeks to rescue anti-gay law

Anti-gay leaders have started plotting their counterattack in the wake of last week’s court ruling that overturned Uganda’s harsh Anti-Homosexuality Act. A group of Ugandan members of parliament announced today that they are collecting signatures calling for a new vote … Continue reading

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Ugandan court overturns anti-gay law

Uganda’s Constitutional Court today threw out the country’s harsh Anti-Homosexuality Act on the grounds that it was passed illegally without a quorum of parliament. Fridah Mutesi, a plaintiffs’ attorney, stated: “History has been made today in Uganda when the panel … Continue reading

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In Ugandan court, ‘tomorrow is the big day’

Judges in the Ugandan Constitutional Court have scheduled a key ruling for tomorrow in the challenge to the legitimacy of the country’s harsh new Anti-Homosexuality Act. Yesterday the signs had seemed to point to a ruling today, as noted in … Continue reading

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