Europe

Putin: LGBTs welcome at Sochi Olympics; relief; protest

The latest on debates over how Russia’s new anti-“gay propaganda” law will or won’t affect the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and whether to boycott the games: Russia: Putin Says Sochi Welcomes Gays (Associated Press) President Vladimir V. Putin promised Monday that gay athletes and guests at the Winter Olympics in Sochi would feel at … Continue reading

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Zambian charge: Defendant’s anti-AIDS advocacy was immoral

Legal proceedings against AIDS fighter Paul Kasonkomona continued Oct. 29 on the charge that, by proposing the repeal of Zambia’s anti-homosexuality law, he was “soliciting for immoral purposes.” Here is what Kasonkomona said on Muvi TV, as described by Anneke Meerkotter, a lawyer for the Southern Africa Litigation Centre, which has been helping Kasonkomona: Kasonkomona … Continue reading

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Cameroon: 10 more victims of anti-gay laws, many tortured

Cameroonian prison personnel continue to torture suspected homosexuals even though  the Government of Cameroon has agreed to comply with international recommendations such as: End torture in prison; Investigate police violence against people because of their sexual orientation; Ensure human rights for all. In a press release today, the LGBT rights group Camfaids (the Cameroonian Foundation … Continue reading

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Politically motivated trial of Zambian AIDS fighter

Anneke Meerkotter, lawyer for the Southern Africa Litigation Centre’s LGBT and Sex Worker Rights Programme, wrote this analysis of the ongoing trial of AIDS fighter Paul Kasonkomona in Zambia. The trial is scheduled to resume Oct. 29. The account originally appeared on the website of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa. Zambia: ‘Gay’ Trial … Continue reading