Indonesian president: Police must defend LGBT citizens
Asia / Commentary

Indonesian president: Police must defend LGBT citizens

The president of Indonesia spoke out this week against an intensifying anti-LGBT campaign in that country. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo called on police to defend LGBT community members and declared “there should be no discrimination against anyone.” His appeal came after months of increasingly hateful anti-LGBT rhetoric from Indonesian officials and religious leaders. Continue reading


After anti-trans attacks in Pakistan, abuse by doctors, police

Human Rights Watch reported: Pakistan: Attacks on Transgender Women Surge Promptly Investigate, Prosecute Those Responsible (New York, August 23, 2016) – Pakistani authorities should urgently investigate the surge in violent attacks on transgender women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Human Rights Watch said today. They should also investigate allegations that medical staff and police failed to … Continue reading

Faith and religion / Middle East / North Africa

Support for Iraqi rejection of anti-LGBT attacks

Human Rights Watch has endorsed Iraqi Shiite clergyman Muqtada al-Sadr’s call for an end to violence against sexual minorities, reported last month on this blog. HRW issued this press release: Iraq: Cleric’s Call Against Anti-LGBT Violence Fighters Should Heed al-Sadr’s Statement; Government Should Follow Suit (Beirut, August 18, 2016) – State and non-state actors in … Continue reading

Africa / Middle East / North Africa

As Morocco reviews its laws, 2 jailed on gay-sex charge

Morocco has imprisoned two men on homosexuality charges at a time when the Moroccan parliament is considering changes in the Penal Code, Human Rights Watch reported today. Many local organizations are urging parliament to drop the law’s anti-LGBT provisions. This is HRW’s press release: Morocco: 2 Jailed for Homosexuality Parliament Should Decriminalize Same-Sex Acts Moroccan … Continue reading


Moldova might adopt a ‘gay propaganda’ ban after all

Human Rights Watch issued this update on the latest proposal for a Russian-style “gay propaganda” law. HRW urged Moldova, a former Soviet republic, to reject the bill, much as it did in 2013: Moldova: Reject ‘Gay Propaganda’ Law Bill to ‘Protect’ Children Would Violate Their Rights (Berlin, June 21, 2016) – The Moldovan parliament should … Continue reading

Africa / Commentary

Appeal to Uganda: Stop break-ins that target advocates

Thirty-one international human rights organizations have written to Uganda’s Inspector General of Police, calling for an end to the passive police response to a series of recent break-ins and one murder at Ugandan advocacy organizations. The non-governmental organizations urged police to conduct a thorough investigation leading to prosecution of the people involved in the crimes. … Continue reading

Africa / Middle East / North Africa

U.N. panel to Tunisia: Stop forced anal exams

Human Rights Watch reports: Tunisia: UN Panel Condemns Forced Anal Exams Government Should Ban Abusive “Homosexuality” Tests (Tunis, May 23, 2016) – The United Nations Committee Against Torture, in its most recent evaluation of Tunisia, condemned the use of forced anal examinations as an attempt to find “proof” against people accused of homosexual conduct, Human … Continue reading