Cameroon attorneys Michel Togué and Alice Nkom this week received the Geuzenpenning Award for their work defending LGBTI clients in that repressive African country. Togué and Nkom are the longest-serving of only about four Cameroonian attorneys who accept LGBTI clients. Others are Charlotte Cathy Moundo and Jathan Ndongo, two associates of Togué, working in Yaoundé, …
Human Rights Watch has appealed for Malaysian authorities to seek to regain the trans community’s trust by thoroughly investigating and then prosecuting the murderers of a trans woman on Feb. 23.
Jamaica needs to bring its rape law into the 21st century, Human Rights Watch says.
Two LGBT rights activists have been freed in separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine after two weeks of imprisonment, Human Rights Watch says.
Two LGBT rights supporters have vanished in separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine and are feared to have become victims of anti-LGBT forces there, Human Rights Watch says.
Lebanon has moved closer to ending prosecutions under its anti-gay law, Human Rights Watch stated yesterday. A Lebanese court ruled that because homosexuality is natural, the law against “intercourse contrary to the order of nature” does not apply to same-sex intimacy.
Two gay men in relatively tolerant Ivory Coast served a three-month sentence in a rural prison despite the fact that the country has no anti-gay law. The situation highlights the limitations of city-based LGBT rights activism in Ivory Coast and elsewhere in Africa, journalist Robbie Corey-Boulet writes in The Guardian.
Indonesian police are working with militant Islamists to curtail the human rights of LGBT Indonesians, Human Rights Watch says. In a news dispatch, HRW reported:
On Dec. 9, a court in Marrakesh, Morocco, dismissed charges against two girls who had been arrested and jailed in late October after being spotted kissing on a rooftop. The girls, ages 16 and 17, had been charged under Article 489 of the Penal Code, which provides for up to three years in prison for …
Rabidly anti-gay Gambian strongman President Yahya Jammeh has reversed course, declaring his “total rejection” of the results of the Dec. 1 election that he lost decisively. He called for a new vote “free from foreign influence.”