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ECHR rule exposes homophobic nature of Russian “gay propaganda law”

After Russian “gay propaganda law” was ruled discriminatory by ECHR today, Denis Krivosheev, Amnesty International’s Europe and Central Asia Research Deputy Director, said: “This legislation has always been nothing short of homophobic. ” “The law is blatantly discriminatory and violates the right to freedom of expression, and its introduction has contributed to a climate of homophobia and violence targeting LGBTI people in Russia.

Date:
20 June 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Bangladesh
  • Discrimination

Bangladesh: Further information: 23 men granted bail but fear for safety remains

Twenty-three of the 28 men arrested at a social event outside of Dhaka on 19 May have been granted bail. Though initially apparently held on suspicion of breaching the prohibition of ‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature’ in the Penal Code, the 28 were charged under the Narcotics Control Act 1990. A bail hearing is set for 21 June for the other five. Individuals known to those charged have been called in for questioning.

Date:
16 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 13/6499/2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • LGBT Rights

Amnesty activists' message to Chechnya: End this purge now

When reports emerged in April that the Chechen authorities have been detaining, torturing and even killing gay men, as part of a deplorable campaign to purge the republic of people of “non-traditional orientation”, there was international outcry. The response of the Chechen authorities was to claim that gay men do not exist – even as they defended killing them in the name of “honour”. The aggressive homophobia of the Chechen authorities is replicated throughout society, so that gay men have to hide their identities even from their families and closest friends for fear of being attacked and killed.

Date:
9 June 2017
  • Research
  • Bulgaria
  • Demonstrations

Bulgaria: Authorities must protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex activists from threats of attacks against the Sofia Pride march

On 10 June, the 10th Sofia Pride march is taking place amid concerns that a counter-demonstration, organized at the same location and around the same time, could mar the event with violence. Amnesty International is calling on Bulgarian authorities to publicly support the Sofia Pride, and make all necessary arrangements to ensure the safety of organizers and participants of the Sofia Pride march on 10 June, and of other events organized during the Pride.

Date:
7 June 2017
Ref:
EUR 15/6437/2017
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  • Americas
  • LGBT Rights

Dominican Republic: Horrifying killing of transgender woman highlights need for protection against discrimination

The horrifying killing of a transgender woman in the Dominican Republic – the second such killing this year and 38th since 2006 – highlights the extreme violence faced by many transgender women in the country and the need for strengthened legal protection for discriminated groups, said Amnesty International. “The grotesque killing of Jessica Rubi Mori is a tragic reminder that the Dominican authorities need to take bolder steps to eradicate discrimination, including that based on gender identity and sexual orientation,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director for Amnesty International.

Date:
6 June 2017
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  • Singapore
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Singapore: Restrictions to LGBT gathering another attempt to suppress activism

Singapore authorities must immediately revoke a new requirement that requires that entrances to a peaceful assembly are barricaded, and that people will be subjected to identity checks in order to enter. This restriction is another attempt by authorities to restrict and suppress peaceful activism in Singapore. On 30 May, organisers of Pink Dot - an annual gathering for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, their friends, families and supporters of LGBT rights - announced that police will require barricades around the perimeter of Hong Lim Park, where the event is scheduled to be held.

Date:
1 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 36/6386/2017
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  • Pakistan
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Pakistan: Submission to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 61st Session, 29 May – 23 June 2017

In recent years, Pakistan has registered modest economic growth, low inflation and price stability. Despite that, an estimated 29. 5% of the population lives below the poverty line. The situation is more alarming when other socio-economic indicators are looked at. 38. 8% of people in Pakistan are deprived in at least one-third of the indicators under education, health and living standards. Provincial and federal assemblies have recently adopted new laws against domestic violence, so-called “honour” crimes, and child labour.

Date:
1 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 33/6100/2017
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  • Russian Federation
  • LGBT Rights

Global activists demand protection for gay men in Chechnya

Amnesty International has gathered more than half a million signatures worldwide on petitions calling for an end to the appalling persecution of men perceived to be gay in the Russian republic of Chechnya. As part of a global day of action on 2 June, Amnesty International activists will hand in petitions to Russian embassies around the world. There will also be an array of stunts in major cities in the next week, to protest the coordinated campaign of abductions, torture and death by the Chechen authorities.

Date:
30 May 2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Discrimination

Taiwan moves closer to marriage equality after milestone court ruling

A landmark ruling by Taiwan’s highest court means it is close to becoming the first in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, Amnesty International said. On Wednesday, judges in Taiwan’s Constitutional Court ruled that the country’s current marriage law is unconstitutional as it discriminates against same-sex couples. The judges have given lawmakers two years to amend or enact relevant laws. “The judges have today said yes to marriage equality.

Date:
24 May 2017
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • LGBT Rights

South Korea: Soldier convicted in outrageous military gay witch-hunt

South Korea’s military must immediately end a bigoted hunt to root out gay personnel, Amnesty International said, after a serving soldier was convicted of having a same-sex relationship. The soldier, whose identity remains anonymous, was given a six month prison sentence suspended for one year at a military trial on Wednesday. The soldier fell down when the judgment was delivered and was taken to hospital.

Date:
24 May 2017
  • News
  • Indonesia
  • LGBT Rights

Indonesia: Caning of gay men an outrageous act of cruelty

Responding to news that two men have been caned 83 times each for having sex with each other in Indonesia’s Aceh province, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, Josef Benedict, said: “This sickening spectacle, carried out in front of more than a thousand jeering spectators, is an act of utmost cruelty. These two men had their privacy forcefully invaded when they were ambushed inside their own home, and their ‘punishment’ today was designed to humiliate as well as physically injure them.

Date:
23 May 2017
  • Research
  • Indonesia
  • LGBT Rights

Indonesia: Revoke conviction and caning sentence for gay men in Aceh

Amnesty International urges the authorities in Aceh to immediately revoke the conviction and sentence of 85 lashes to two gay men convicted of consensual same-sex sexual relations (liwath) by the Shari’a court. This is the first case of conviction for consensual same-sex sexual relations, criminalised under the Aceh Criminal Code (Qanun Jinayat), which came into effect in October 2015.

Date:
17 May 2017
Ref:
ASA 21/6279/2017
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  • Togo
  • Women and Girls

Rosa* : Young LGBTI rights "lawyer"

Openly defending gay rights in Africa is a dangerous business. You may face many different risks: office raids, arbitrary arrest, prosecution for "unnatural" acts, stigma and even violence in the street. West Africa is no exception: the decriminalization of homosexuality is a sensitive topic that is regularly exploited by political and religious leaders and the media. And yet human rights defenders such as Rosa are emerging in this hostile environment by working and fighting day by day to demand respect for LGBTI rights, and to find a safe place for youths abandoned by their families because of their sexual orientation.

Date:
16 May 2017
  • Research
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Discrimination

Europe: First, do no harm: Ensuring the rights of children with variations of sex characteristics in Denmark and Germany

Every year, children are born with sex characteristics – genitals, gonads, hormones, chromosomes or reproductive organs – which vary from the established norms for ‘male’ and ‘female’. In this report, Amnesty International documents the specific human rights violations faced by children with variations of sex characteristics in Denmark and Germany, and the lifelong effect of these violations. The report focuses in particular on subjection to non-emergency invasive and irreversible surgeries and other medical treatments.

Date:
9 May 2017
Ref:
EUR 01/6086/2017
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  • Denmark
  • LGBT Rights

Denmark and Germany: Authorities failing to protect intersex children from invasive surgery

Children born with sex characteristics that do not fit with female or male norms risk being subjected to a range of unnecessary, invasive and traumatizing medical procedures in violation of their human rights, said Amnesty International in a report launched today. Using case studies in Denmark and Germany, ‘First, Do No Harm’ shows how outdated gender stereotypes are resulting in non-emergency, invasive and irreversible surgical interventions on children who are intersex – the term commonly used for individuals with variations of sex characteristics such as chromosomes, genitals and reproductive organs.

Date:
9 May 2017