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