‘Hope for change’: Gambian voters oust anti-gay strongman
Africa

‘Hope for change’: Gambian voters oust anti-gay strongman

Yahya Jammeh, one of the world’s most outspokenly homophobic leaders, has agreed to step down as president — and repressive strongman — of the Gambia after losing Thursday’s presidential election in that West African country. Property developer Adama Barrow, who has never held political office, won with 45.5 percent of the vote to Jammeh’s 36.7 … Continue reading

Tanzania’s anti-gay crackdown now targets AIDS programs
Africa

Tanzania’s anti-gay crackdown now targets AIDS programs

Tanzania is intensifying its denial of health care for LGBTI citizens in the wrong-headed belief that doing so will reduce homosexuality. Late last month, Tanzania’s health minister announced the suspension of HIV/AIDS prevention programs for gay men. Without such programs, a higher rate of HIV infection is likely among men who have sex with men, … Continue reading

Anti-LGBT nations seek to end U.N. advocacy of LGBT rights
International

Anti-LGBT nations seek to end U.N. advocacy of LGBT rights

A confrontation over LGBT rights is expected to come to a head tomorrow at the United Nations. [Editor’s note: That scheduled vote has been delayed. See: “Opposition and delay confront anti-LGBT push at U.N.”] At issue is last June’s vote by the U.N. Human Rights Council to hire a watchdog to investigate violations of LGBT rights. … Continue reading

Nigeria’s anti-gay law boosts anti-LGBT extortion, violence
Africa

Nigeria’s anti-gay law boosts anti-LGBT extortion, violence

Nigeria’s Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, 2013 (SSMPA) has made a bad situation much worse for Nigeria’s beleaguered lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, Human Rights Watch said in a recent report. The law has led to an increase in extortion and violence against LGBT people and imposed restrictions on nongovernmental organizations providing essential services … Continue reading

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

Asia

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