Tag Archives: Human Rights Watch

Activists demand new probe of Eric Lembembe murder

A year after the murder of journalist/activist Eric Lembembe in Cameroon, human rights activists in Cameroon and abroad are calling for a renewed investigation into his death. Cameroonian authorities’ mishandling of the investigation has been so incompetent and disrespectful that … Continue reading

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Morocco upholds 6 prison terms for disputed gay acts

Human Rights Watch reports: Morocco: Homosexuality Convictions Upheld Appeals Court Applies Law Criminalizing Same-Sex Activities (Rabat, July 8, 2014) – A Moroccan appeals court on July 2, 2014, upheld the convictions of men accused of homosexual acts, Human Rights Watch … Continue reading

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Kyrgyzstan on the verge of adopting harsh anti-gay law

Kyrgyzstan is on the verge of aligning itself more closely with Russia by making it a crime to say anything positive about homosexuality, as well as  by strengthening economic ties. The anti-gay Kyrgyz bill, approved last week by the Parliament’s … Continue reading

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Malaysian court to rule on sharia law, transgender women

An appeals court will soon rule whether sharia law violates the fundamental constitutional rights of transgender people in Malaysia.  Among several writers describing what’s at stake, Neela Ghoshal of Human Rights Watch states: Serafina (not her real name) led me … Continue reading

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African Commission backs LGBT rights

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights recently adopted  a ground-breaking resolution against violence and other human rights violations committed against people on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI).  BuzzFeed reported: “It is a big … Continue reading

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Anti-gay Ugandan tactic: Abusive, worthless anal exam

The defense team for two Ugandans charged with homosexual activity is preparing to counter any evidence produced by the prosecution from an anal exam that was conducted on one of the defendants. Anal exams are used against LGBT people in … Continue reading

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Appeal to World Bank to protect LGBT Ugandans

Six social justice organizations are appealing to the World Bank not to approve a $90 million loan for health services in Uganda until fair treatment of LGBT patients can be guaranteed. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim put that loan … Continue reading

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Plea to Malaysia: Drop anti-gay law, political prosecution

From Human Rights Watch: Malaysia: Drop ‘Political’ Case Against Anwar  Revoke Law Criminalizing Homosexual Acts   (Bangkok, February 12, 2014) – The Malaysian government should drop its politically motivated prosecution of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim for alleged consensual homosexual relations, … Continue reading

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‘A new low by Cameroon’s government’

The comments by the official state representative toward the late Eric Lembembe, who is no longer with us to defend himself against such vitriol, represent a new low by Cameroon’s government. – Neela Ghoshal, senior researcher on LGBT rights for … Continue reading

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Cameroon appeal: Concrete steps to fight anti-gay violence

Cameroon should combat recent outbreaks of anti-gay violence, starting by taking a public stand on the issue during next month’s United Nations review of the country’s human rights record, according to 12 local and international human rights groups who made … Continue reading

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