The Tanzanian government’s ongoing crackdown on LGBT people has given pause to sexual minorities there who previously enjoyed a relatively tolerant environment. Now, says Tanzanian trans sex worker and fashion designer Queen M, for the first time she is afraid.
Indonesia is continuing to persecute LGBTI people, Human Rights Watch reports. At a time when two men have been jailed on homosexuality charges, Indonesia President Joko Widodo missed an opportunity to roll back repressive sharia laws.
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: