Tag Archives: Human Rights Watch

New anti-gay bill falters in Russian parliament

The Moscow Times reported: The State Duma Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building has rejected a bill that would make it illegal to come out as gay in Russia, the Interfax news agency reported Monday. Dmitry Vyatkin, the deputy … Continue reading

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Here’s why Tunisian LGBT group should not be suspended

Human Rights Watch writes: Dangerous Precedent for Freedom of Association The Tunisian authorities’ decision to suspend the activities of the LGBT rights group Shams is a setback for individual freedoms and equal rights in Tunisia. Shams works on lesbian, gay, … Continue reading

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Russia will vote on jail time for LGBT affection in public

Human Rights Watch researcher Tanya Cooper writes: Dispatches: Jail Time for Being Gay in Russia Russia is again making media headlines for all the wrong reasons. On January 19, parliament will hold the first reading of another abusive homophobic law, … Continue reading

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6 Tunisians freed while appealing sodomy verdict

The Court of Appeals in Sousse, Tunisia, today  released six students pending action on the appeal of their three-year prison sentences for sodomy. A hearing on the appeal is scheduled for Feb. 25. Shams, an LGBTI rights group seeking the … Continue reading

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Malawi outraged as West opposes revival of gay arrests

Malawi is no longer a beacon of hope for human rights activists; instead it may be backsliding into an official embrace of anti-gay repression that the country had left behind. At the same time, many Malawians are focusing relatively little … Continue reading

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Human rights advocates decry 3-year sentences in Tunisia

Seven human rights organizations yesterday protested a Tunisian court’s imposition of three-year prison sentences Dec. 10 on six young men convicted of sodomy. In a press release announcing the protest, Human Rights Watch provided details and updates on the case, … Continue reading

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Bad news, briefly, from Jamaica, Gambia, Russia

In brief, some troubling news from countries with anti-gay laws, excerpted with slight modifications from UNAIDS’s Equal Eyes recap of the world’s LGBTI-related news and elsewhere: Anti-LGBTI rally in Jamaica portrays homophobes as victims In Jamaica, hundreds of Christians rallied … Continue reading

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