Category Archives: Trials / punishments

$64 fine settles 1st court case citing Burundi’s anti-gay law

A Vietnamese telecommunications worker has been released after paying a fine to settle changes that he engaged in illegal “homosexual practices,” according to the Burundian human rights organization MOLI (Movement for Individual Liberties). The man, whose name was not disclosed, … Continue reading

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New in Burundi: An arrest for ‘homosexual practices’

A Vietnamese telecommunications worker was arrested Sept. 16 in northern Burundi on charges of “homosexual practices,” according to Agence France-Presse and other media accounts. Under a Burundian law, passed in 2009, homosexual intimacy is punishable by three months to two … Continue reading

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Court decision coming in suit vs. Nigeria’s anti-gay law

A Nigerian High Court judge is expected to rule Sept. 25 whether the country’s new anti-gay law is constitutional. Justice Abdul Kafarati is currently considering the lawsuit filed in March in the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court by … Continue reading

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Political tactics underlie Egypt’s ‘gay wedding’ arrests

Activist and commentator Scott Long describes the latest homosexuality-related arrests in Egypt and the country’s “moral panic” about a video of an alleged “gay wedding.” The following excerpts, but not the subheads, are from Long’s blog, “A Paper Bird.” The … Continue reading

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Coast clear for anti-gay Ugandan appeal to Supreme Court

Anti-gay forces in Uganda may be turning to the Supreme Court in hopes of restoring the overturned Anti-Homosexuality Act, despite reports that supporters of the law would only push for it in parliament. “Despite all the talk about the Attorney … Continue reading

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99 who are in prison for being gay, 148 more awaiting trial

Worldwide, at least 99 people are currently in prison for allegedly violating laws that punish those who are born gay, lesbian or bisexual. In addition, at least 148 other people are awaiting trial on charges related to homosexuality. Those are … Continue reading

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Fear for family safety dissolves lawsuit vs. anti-gay law

As this blog reported yesterday, Jamaican activist Javed Jaghai has ended his challenge to Jamaica’s anti-sodomy law. Here’s why: “I am no longer willing to gamble with my life or the lives of my parents and siblings.” — Javed Jaghai … Continue reading

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