Africa / Asia / Middle East / North Africa

Death penalty for gay sex in 10 to 14 nations (update)

By Colin Stewart Ten nations with large Muslim populations have laws providing for the death penalty for same-sex activity. Only a few actually impose the death sentence. Exactly how many is a difficult question. The 2016 State-Sponsored Homophobia report from ILGA, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, lists 13-14 places that threaten … Continue reading

Middle East / North Africa

LGBTI rights activism: Mostly hidden in Middle East, N. Africa

Public recognition of the human rights of LGBTI people remains rare in the many Middle Eastern and North African countries that still have laws against same-sex intimacy. In most of those countries, even advocacy of those rights is unusual. Such advocacy is mostly underground, online or abroad for Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Morocco, Syria … Continue reading

Africa / Asia / Middle East / North Africa / Oceania

12 grim lands, 7 bright spots in LGBTI preview of 2015

As debate over LGBTI rights continues worldwide in 2015, progress has been made in at least seven of the 76-plus countries with laws against homosexuality.  In another 12 countries, the situation is grim and could get worse. Below are previews for 27 of the many countries where LGBTI people struggle for respect and equal rights. … Continue reading

Africa / Asia / Middle East / North Africa

99 who are in prison for being gay, 148 more awaiting trial

Worldwide, at least 99 people are currently in prison for allegedly violating laws that punish those who are born gay, lesbian or bisexual. In addition, at least 148 other people are awaiting trial on charges related to homosexuality. Those are the latest tallies in this blog’s updated list of victims of 76-plus countries’ repression of … Continue reading

Middle East / North Africa

6 in court facing anti-gay charges in Zambia, Emirates

In recent days, anti-homosexuality laws have resulted in three court cases involving six defendants in two countries: Zambia: 11 months in prison with no conviction, no bail The trial of James Mwape and Philip Mubiana has been adjourned to April 4, Zambian activists report. The magistrate handling the matter was said to be attending a … Continue reading