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Jamaica waits on lesbian murder investigation-PinkNews.co.uk-08/15/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
A human rights group has written to the Jamaican Minister of National Security rasiing concern over the murder of two women who were allegedly lesbians.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) wrote to Peter Phillips highlighting problems of homophobia in the country and a reluctance to investigate cases of crime against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
Last June, the bodies of Candice Williams and Phoebe Myrie were found in a septic tank near the home that they shared in Bull Bay, St Andrew.
(PDF - 450 Kb) Document Date: 15 Aug 2006 (Downloads: 386)
Jamaica: Investigate Murder of Alleged Lesbians-Human Rights Watch-07/26/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
As fears arise that two women were murdered because of their alleged lesbian relationship, Jamaican authorities must immediately investigate the crime, Human Rights Watch said in a letter sent to the Jamaican government today. It should also act to combat the continuing climate of violent homophobia.
On June 29, the bodies of Candice Williams and Phoebe Myrie were found dumped in a septic pit behind a home they shared in Bull Bay, St. Andrew. Police quickly named an estranged male partner of Williams as the prime suspect, and said the apparent relationship between the women was the likely motive for the crime.
(PDF - 154 Kb) Document Date: 26 Jul 2006 (Downloads: 271)
Jamaican Lesbian Granted Asylum-http://rodonline.typepad.com-August 12, 2008 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Excellent news on the human rights front. In South Florida, a 29-year-old Jamaican lesbian was spared deportation to her native land after a judge found she could be beaten or killed there because of her sexual orientation. The immigration judge's decision is considered "extremely rare." The Miami Herald: 'The general atmosphere in Jamaica is a feeling of no tolerance towards homosexuals in general, and as such, . . . the respondent's life is definitely at risk,' Immigration Judge Irma Lopez-Defillo said, according to court documents. Lopez-Defillo initially ordered that the woman be deported because of a pair of drug convictions. In the same ruling, the judge deferred the order based on the climate of intolerance in Jamaica. Nichole checked in with immigration authorities on Thursday regarding her order of supervision. She is due to report back in three months. The woman, who uses her middle name Nichole in court documents,& ; has lived in the States since 10 years old, says being gay 'is the worst thing you can be stricken with [in Jamaica].' The woman says when she was a teenager and 'her sexuality became apparent, her parents, Seventh-day Adventists, tried to stage an intervention. Her parents sent her back to Jamaica' and an aunt beat her. Nichole's 33-year-old brother told the court if she was sent back to Jamaica 'nobody would accept her. ... I don't know where [she] would live or what she would do. It's not a good move for her to go back to Jamaica. I'm strongly against that move.' On the witness stand, the brother recalled several graphic incidents of anti-gay and homophobic violence in Jamaica, including a stoning. Lesbians are often targeted for rape and murder in Jamaica. In 2006, a lesbian couple was killed and mutilated, allegedly by the ex-boyfriend of one of the victims. Human rights groups are concerned about escalating and fatal attacks of anti-gay mob violence. In February 2008, a mob of up to 20 men attacked the home of four gay men in Mandeville?three were seriously injured and one was killed. In February 2007, several Jamaican gay men were attacked by a mob of thousands.
(PDF - 49 Kb) Document Date: 12 Aug 2008 (Downloads: 286)
Lesbian Activists in Jamaica Tell Horror Stories by Jessica DuLong-www.womensenews.org-3/09/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
(WOMENSENEWS)--While gay rights activists in the U.S. push for the right to marry, lesbians in Jamaica are fighting for the right to live. Local activists say women who step outside societal norms--by dressing "too manly" or having few male visitors, for example--risk threats of verbal and physical abuse. Women have reportedly been raped, beaten, murdered and forced out of their homes or jobs simply for being lesbians. Karlene--she only uses her first name out of fear for her own safety--has heard all too many horror stories. As co-chair of the country's first and only lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender group--Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays, or J-FLAG--she is on the front lines of lesbian rights advocacy in Jamaica. Headquartered in Kingston, Jamaica's largest city, J-FLAG's activities include lobbying for legal reform; providing advocacy, counseling and referrals, in addition to coordinating educational activities community-wide.
(PDF - 107 Kb) Document Date: 9 Mar 2005 (Downloads: 380)
LESBIAN LINE Northern Ireland--SUBMISSION TO UNITED NATIONS COMMITTEE CEDAW - CONVENTION ON THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINT WOMEN, 07/01/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
The Experience of Lesbians and Bisexual Women in Northern Ireland
Lesbians and Bisexual Women suffer a ?double discrimination? in society i.e.
gender and sexual orientation. The following summarises their experience of
the violence of ?enforced invisibility? and homophobia in all aspects of their
(PDF - 261 Kb) Document Date: 1 Jul 2008 (Downloads: 265)
Nigeria: 'Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill' violates Constitution- AI 01/26/09 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Nigerian Bar Association Human Rights Institute (NBAHRI) and Nigerian human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are deeply concerned by the 'Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill 2008', currently before the Nigerian National Assembly. The Bill would introduce criminal penalties for marriage ceremonies between persons of the same sex as well as for persons witnessing or helping to formalize such a marriage. This is in contravention of the Nigerian Constitution and inconsistent with Nigeria's obligations under international and regional human rights treaties which the country has ratified. We therefore urge the National Assembly not to pass the Bill.<br><br>Under Nigeria's criminal code and penal code, consensual same sex conduct between adults is already punishable: chapter 42, section 214 of Nigeria's criminal code provides a sentence of fourteen years' imprisonment for 'carnal knowledge against the order of nature.'
(PDF - 68 Kb) Document Date: 26 Jan 2009 (Downloads: 228)
Nigeria: Religious Right Watch: Making it illegal to be gay- By ANDY BIRKEY minnesotaindependent.com 02/03/09 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Religious right rhetoric on traditional marriage is often framed as concern about preserving the institution as a bond between one man and one woman, but an international flap over an anti-gay marriage law in Nigeria has revealed the true intent of ?traditional marriage? groups: the imprisonment of gays and lesbians for their sexual orientation.<br><br>Last week the Nigerian House of Representatives voted to approve a measure that would impose a jail sentence on gays and lesbians who live together and on those who assist them. The bill says it?s illegal for ?the coming together of persons of the same sex with the purpose of living together as husband and wife or for other purposes of same sexual relationship.? Violators could be imprisoned for up to three years. People who ?witness, abet and aid the solemnization of a same gender marriage? face up to five years in prison.
(PDF - 186 Kb) Document Date: 3 Feb 2009 (Downloads: 388)
Slovenia: CEDAW - INDEPENDENT SHADOW REPORT by Lesbian Association SKUC-LL, 09/30/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
The Equal Opportunities of Women and Men Act1 adopted in 2002 does not include discrimination on grounds other than sex. We believe that this omission weakens the scope of the law. Other grounds of discrimination should be clearly stated in the law, such as disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnic origin (Roma) etc., as they are especially critical contexts concerning discrimination of women in Slovenia. During the drafting of the law the written proposals submitted by SKUC-LL were not considered as relevant.<br><br>
The Implementation of the Principle of Equal Treatment Act,2 adopted in 2004 does not include gender identity as a discrimination ground. During the drafting of the law the written proposals submitted by SKUC-LL were not considered as relevant. Gender identity is not considered as a discrimination ground in any of legal provisions in Slovenia.
(PDF - 225 Kb) Document Date: 30 Sep 2008 (Downloads: 246)
THEY WERE LESBIANS BY FABIAN LEDGISTER-The Jamaican Online Star-07/07/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
The bodies of 20-year-old Candice Williams and Phoebe Myrie, 22, were found dumped in a pit at a home they shared in Taylor Land, Bull Bay, last week Wednesday, and police investigations are now confirming rumours of a 'murder of passion!' As a result, police are now on the hunt for the father of the one-year-old child of Candice Williams, Dwayne Lewis, who is wanted for questioning in the matter. Police who were on the scene when the bodies were found, say the evidence found at the scene, suggested that the killer might have been angered by their suspected lesbian relationship.
(PDF - 304 Kb) Document Date: 7 Jul 2006 (Downloads: 257)
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ON THE BASIS OF SEXUAL ORIENTATION--SHADOW REPORT, HELEM, 01/01/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Submitted for the 40th CEDAW Session<br>
January 14 ? February 1, 2008<br><br>
Sexual orientation is an axis on which grave discrimination occurs that is both socially and legally sanctioned in
Lebanon. Homosexuality is criminalized in Lebanon by way of article 534 of the penal code, which punishes
sexual activity that is ?contradictory to nature?. While there has been some indirect governmental engagement
with the issue of male homosexuality through the National AIDS Program, women?s experiences of
discrimination due to sexual orientation remain unarticulated in the public domain. There has been some effort
by one civil society organization fighting for the rights of LGBT persons to expand public awareness on
homosexuality, but this effort is tolerated at best, and marginalized and ostracized at worst.
(PDF - 58 Kb) Document Date: 1 Feb 2008 (Downloads: 228)
Bahrain barbershop busted for male prostitution - Rex Wockner International News #771- 02/02/09 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Two Asian men were jailed for six months at hard labor in Bahrain in
mid-January on charges they engaged in sex for pay with male customers
of their barbershop, the Alwaqt newspaper reported.<br><br>
The men will be deported after serving their sentences for debauchery
(PDF - 21 Kb) Document Date: 2 Feb 2009 (Downloads: 332)
Bolivia: Niegan a los gays participar del corso - Gays prohibited from participating in carnaval- by Luis Alberto Bravo G. El Mundo- 03/01/04 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
This document and it's translation was submitted by Immigration Equality <br><br>The directors and organizers of the carnival Arete Ija rejected any possibility that a gay group could participate, at least this year, in the carnival on Saturday, citing purely technical reasons. Meanwhile, the Ombudsman Office will not intervene in the affair because it does not have a report of discrimination for the particular incident.<br><br>
The town council received the official notice, which was given to the Carnival Groups Association and the heads of the carnival. Andrés Gallardo, who was consulted on the subject, declined to comment, stating that everything was in the hands of the organizers.
(PDF - 193 Kb) Document Date: 1 Mar 2004 (Downloads: 327)
Brazil: El presidente de ls Asociacion Orgullo Gay de Sao Paulo ha sido atacado en su oficina- Main leader of the Brazilian homosexual community was attacked in his office- EFE 11/02/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
This document and translation was submitted by Immigration Equality<br><br>
SAO PAULO.- The president of the Gay Pride Association in Sao Paulo, Alexandre Peixe dos
Santos, was attacked on Monday by unknown assailants in the headquarters of the movement
responsible for the gay demonstration in that town, the main event related to the worldwide
homosexual community, with two million of people. <br><br>
The legal advisor of the Coordinating for Sexual Diversity Matters of the city hall, Dimitri Sales,
pointed out that Peixe dos Santos was gagged, placed a hood over his head and beaten by unknown
assailants who came into the headquarters of the organization in downtown Sao Paulo.
(PDF - 63 Kb) Document Date: 2 Nov 2008 (Downloads: 369)
Brazil: Homossexuais lutam na Justiça por união legal - Homosexuals fight in court for legal union- Jornal de Brasilia - 07/06/04 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
This document and it's translation was submitted by Immigration Equality<br><br>Brazilian couples beat legislation to it and try to obtain authorization to make marriage a reality<br><br>
They like each other, fall in love and live together. But, for many homosexual couples, this is not enough. They dream of eternal happiness, registering their union officially, as do male-female couples. In the Federal District there is no register of any kind for civil unions between people of the same sex. In the rest of the country, the situation is the same, with the exception of Rio Grande do Sul, where the law allows gay couples to register as a stable union. Marriage, however, still remains a distant dream for homosexuals across the whole of Brazil.
(PDF - 135 Kb) Document Date: 6 Jul 2004 (Downloads: 351)
Detienen en Brazil a cabezas rapadas por ataques a homosexual - Skinheads arrested in Brazil for gay attac- Associated Press- The Miami Herald 10/27/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
This article and translation submitted by Immigration Equality<br><br>
SAO PAULO ? Police arrested the alleged leader of a neo-Nazi group and his wife, who stand charged with stabbing a gay man, authorities reported on Thursday.<br><br>
Police said that Eduardo Toniolo Del Segue, 25, and his wife Edwiges Francis Barroso, 26, stabbed a man one month ago in Curitiba, some 350 kilometers southwest of Sao Paulo. The victim, who was treated and released from hospital shortly after the attack, only managed to identify his attackers on Wednesday.
(PDF - 88 Kb) Document Date: 27 Oct 2005 (Downloads: 353)
HRW: Anti-gay Nigerian bill targets 'basic rights' - Rex Wockner International News #771- 01/02/09 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
A bill before Nigeria's National Assembly would expand Nigeria's
draconian punishments for homosexual conduct and threaten all Nigerians'
rights to privacy and free expression and association, Human Rights
Watch said Jan. 26.<br><br>
In a letter to President Umaru Yar'Adua, legislators, the National Human
Rights Commission and other bodies, the group urged senators,
representatives and the president to reject the measure, which would
punish people of the same sex who live together "as husband and wife or
for other purposes of same sexual relationship" with up to three years
in prison, and punish anyone who "witnesses, abet[s] and aids" such a
relationship with five years in prison.
(PDF - 25 Kb) Document Date: 2 Feb 2009 (Downloads: 257)
Italian man jailed in Morocco on homosexuality and porn charges - Rex Wockner International News #771- 02/02/09 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
An Italian man was jailed in Marrakesh, Morocco, in mid-January on
charges of homosexuality and taking and possessing pornographic images,
the Assahra Al Maghribiya newspaper reported.
(PDF - 22 Kb) Document Date: 2 Feb 2009 (Downloads: 323)
Peru: Organizaciones civiles piden protección para personas con VIH/Sida- Civil organizations ask for protection for those with HIV/AIDS- www.promsex.org 01/30/09 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Solicitaron a las autoridades sancionar penal y civilmente todo tipo de discriminación y abuso que se produzca contra este grupo poblacional.<br><br>
(Andina).- Un grupo de organizaciones no gubernamentales (ONG) que defienden a las personas con VIH/Sida pidieron hoy a las autoridades sancionar penal y civilmente todo tipo de discriminación y abuso que se produzca contra este grupo poblacional.
El pedido fue formulado por Vía Libre, el Movimiento Homosexual de Lima (Mhol) y Prosa, que integran el denominado consorcio VIH Macro Región Sur. Ellos realizaron hoy un taller de integración con el fin de buscar mejores alternativas para estas poblaciones vulnerables.<br><br>
The authorities are requested to sanction punitively and civily all kinds of discrimination and abuse which is brought about against this group in our population.<br><br>
(Andina). A group of non-governmental organizations (ONG) which defend people with HIV/AIDS, today asked the authorities to sanction punitively and civily all kinds of discrimination and abuse which are brought against this group in our populations. The request was made by Via Libre, the Homosexual Movement of Lima (Mhol) and Prose, which make up the so-called consortium VIH Macro Región Sur. They conducted a workshop today on integration with the aim of looking for better alternatives for these vulnerable populations.
(PDF - 375 Kb) Document Date: 30 Jan 2009 (Downloads: 364)
Turkish gay group wins right to exist - Rex Wockner International News # 771- 02/02/09 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
The Turkish GLBT group Lambda Istanbul won an appeal of a court order
that shut it down, Amnesty International USA reported Jan. 21.<br><br>
The Supreme Court of Appeal overruled the decision of a local court,
which had agreed with the Istanbul governor's office that Lambda's
objectives violated Turkish moral and family values.<br><br>
The case now returns to the local court for issuance of a ruling
consistent with the Supreme Court decision.
(PDF - 22 Kb) Document Date: 2 Feb 2009 (Downloads: 263)
Colombia's Constitutional Court Rules for Equality- Colombia Diversa 01/28/09 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
In an historic decision, the Colombian Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that same-sex couples must be granted the same rights as heterosexual common law marriages.<br><br>
The sentence (No. 029 de 2009) grants sweeping civil, political, social, economic, immigration and criminal rights to gay and lesbian couples. Until now, these rights had only been reserved for non-married heterosexual couples. (Colombia recognizes common-law marriages.)
(PDF - 84 Kb) Document Date: 28 Jan 2009 (Downloads: 358)