Tag Archives: Amnesty International

Iran’s top judge denies executions for being gay

The head of Iran’s judiciary, Sadeq Amoli Larijani, has disputed the accuracy of frequent reports that Iran executes people for being gay. That accusation by Western human rights activists “is no more than a lie,” Larijani told a convention of … Continue reading

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Scenes from global protests against Uganda’s anti-gay bill

Protesters in Africa, Europe and the Americas joined yesterday’s Global Day of Action against Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill. The demonstrations, requested by LGBTI activists and Ugandan civil society groups, called on President Yoweri Museveni to reject the bill. Scenes from some of the … Continue reading

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Puny response to 68 arrests in Nigeria’s anti-gay war

As many as 68 suspected homosexuals have been arrested in oil-rich Nigeria in connection with the new anti-gay law imposed there early this month. Several countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, as well as human rights organizations, … Continue reading

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Call for probe: Family let Mbede die to exorcise gayness?

Grieving friends and allies of gay rights icon Roger Mbede are calling for an investigation into his family’s role in his death on Jan. 10. After Mbede, 34, left a hospital in Yaoundé last month, he was reportedly denied access … Continue reading

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Homophobia victim Roger Mbede dies in Cameroon

Roger Jean Claude Mbede, 34, the Cameroonian man who was sentenced to three years in prison for sending an amorous text to a male acquaintance, died today in his home village after running out of money to pay for medical … Continue reading

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Honors for LGBT defender Alice Nkom of Cameroon

The German branch of Amnesty International announced last week that it will award its Human Rights Prize to attorney Alice Nkom of Cameroon, who continues to battle for the rights of LGBT people there. The award will go to her … Continue reading

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Zambia: Prosecutor absent, no bail after 5+ months in jail

A pattern of legal delays continued this week in the case of two young Zambian men who have been held without bail for more than five months awaiting continuation of their trial on charges of homosexual activity. A decision on … Continue reading

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