7515 documents found
Which is the real menace?: People whose bodies and sexualities put them beyond the pale of social norms are without rights in the eyes of Indian police-by Dipika Nath , www.guardian.co.uk- 11/07/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Under rightwing and leftwing governments alike, India has prided itself on its status as the world's largest democracy. Civic freedoms, an independent judiciary, and basic political rights for citizens are part of that promise. But in India and far too many other democracies, rights that are arguably even more basic ? to be who you are, to live freely in your body, even to call yourself a citizen if society despises you ? are a different matter.<br><br>
Early on October 20, Bangalore police arrested five hijras ? a traditional cultural identity for working-class transgender people who, born as men, identify as women. Such arrests are sadly routine. Throughout India, many hijras cannot get identity papers: the state will not let them change their legal sex and denies them IDs if their appearance does not match their birth gender. As a result, they often cannot work, go to school, find jobs, vote, or even move around freely. Social prejudice against "men" or "women" who are not "masculine" or "feminine" enough makes them ready victims of violence.
(PDF - 96 Kb) Document Date: 7 Nov 2008 (Downloads: 282)
Guatemalan gay event bombed with tear gas - Rex Wockner International News # 759 11/10/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Despite the fact that complaints have been made to the authorities,
there has been no response" to the incident, said the International Gay
and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.<br><br>
A similar attack took place last year at a GLBT festival in the town of
(PDF - 20 Kb) Document Date: 10 Nov 2008 (Downloads: 404)
Malaysian fatwa targets lesbians- Rex Wockner International News #758 11/03/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Malaysia's National Fatwa Council issued a fatwa banning lesbian sex and
"tomboyism" Oct. 23.
"It is unacceptable to see women who love the male lifestyle, including
dressing in the clothes men wear," said council chairman Abdul Shukor
Husin. "(It) becomes clearer when they start to have sex with someone of
the same gender, that is woman and woman. (We) have decided ... that
such acts are forbidden and banned."
(PDF - 17 Kb) Document Date: 3 Nov 2008 (Downloads: 339)
Nepal's gay MP crusades for India's sexual minorities- www.thaindian.com- 11/08/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Kathmandu, Nov 8 (IANS) Nepal?s first out-of-the-closet gay lawmaker, who founded the sexual minority rights movement in the conservative Himalayan nation, has now taken up cudgels on behalf of Indian peers, following reports of a crackdown on sexual minorities in India?s Bangalore city.Sunil Babu Pant, who became the first openly gay member of Nepal?s newly elected constituent assembly this year and whose gay rights organisation Blue Diamond Society has the support of British rock icon Elton John, has urged Karnataka authorities to protect its sexual minorities.<br><br>
He has asked Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, Indian ministers, police officials as well as the Karnataka Human Rights Commission to protect the eunuch community of Bangalore from ?intense and targeted harassment? by police.
(PDF - 67 Kb) Document Date: 8 Nov 2008 (Downloads: 278)
Trans people and GLBT activists arrested in India - Rex Wockner International News #758 11/03/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Police in Bangalore, India, arrested more than 40 transgender people and
GLBT activists, and mistreated several of them Oct. 20, Human Rights
The events began with the arrests of five "hijras" (transgender people,
intersex people and eunuchs who have no precise corollary in Western
(PDF - 17 Kb) Document Date: 3 Nov 2008 (Downloads: 353)
Transvestites test the limits of Turkey's tolerance- From The Economist print edition www.economist.com 11/06/09 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Human-rights groups say hundreds of transvestites are detained, beaten, tortured or sexually abused every year. Many are driven into prostitution. ?They are seen as the lowest of the low and face more police brutality than any other group,? says Eren Keskin, a human-rights lawyer. And when anyone has dared to file a complaint, she adds, ?not a single policeman has been convicted.?
(PDF - 197 Kb) Document Date: 6 Nov 2008 (Downloads: 351)
Bolivia: Activists demand investigation into Pride explosion- www.pinknews.co.uk- 07/25/07 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Human rights advocates are urging the authorities in Bolivia to properly investigate an explosion at a Pride event last month that injured several people.<br><br>
The incident occurred in the capital city of La Paz on the 30th June, the same day as London Pride.<br><br>
While celebrating Respect For Sexual Diversities Day in the city, and just before the parade started, one of the floats was attacked with dynamite.
(PDF - 203 Kb) Document Date: 25 Jul 2007 (Downloads: 400)
India- Action Alert : Bengaluru Police Brutally Assaulted Sexual Minorities- IGLHRC 11/07/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
The incident: On 20th October, Bengaluru police brutally attacked five sexual minority activists and arrested them on false charges when they tried enquiring about the illegal detention of five hijras (working class male-to-female transgenders). Police illegally detained and assaulted a large number of human rights defenders when they held a peaceful protest against the illegal police actions. Police also arrested 31 human rights defenders on false charges.
(PDF - 73 Kb) Document Date: 7 Nov 2008 (Downloads: 275)
Philippines sits on HIV time bomb-By Ted Lerner, www.atimes.com- 04/03/03 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
MANILA - It would probably be a fair assessment to say that a sizable majority of Filipinos in this mainly Catholic nation believe in miracles. But even the most pious of believers might have a difficult time swallowing one particular miracle being peddled these days.<br>,br>
According to the Department of Health (DOH), the number of Filipinos who had, as of 2002, contracted the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) stood at a mere 1,503. Now compare that to the numbers which, according to figures from the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), showed 7.1 million people in the Asia-Pacific region with HIV at the end of 2001 out of a total 40 million people worldwide. An estimated 1.07 million people in the Asia-Pacific region got infected in 2001 alone, with close to half a million deaths due to AIDS, the disease HIV causes, in the same year.
(PDF - 301 Kb) Document Date: 3 Apr 2003 (Downloads: 282)
Venezuela: Situation and treatment of homosexuals; recourse available to those who have been harassed based on their sexual orientation (2004 - February 2006) -by Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, www.unhcr.org/refworld 03/17/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Venezuela: Situation and treatment of homosexuals; recourse available to those who have been harassed based on their sexual orientation (2004 - February 2006)
(PDF - 279 Kb) Document Date: 17 Mar 2006 (Downloads: 288)
Ecuador: Discrimination of Lesbian, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender and Intersex Women-Shadow Report1 For consideration within the review of Ecuador?s compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)-Prepared and submitted by Women?s Communication Workshop ,(Taller de Comunicación Mujer) , Soledad Varea and Tatiana Cordero - 09/30/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Historically, LGBTTI women have been marginalized, if not made invisible, within
Ecuadorian society. While sexual orientation?but not also gender identity?was
included among the nondiscrimination criteria in the Constitution, this did not reduce
discrimination of lesbian women as no comprehensive mechanism was developed
towards this end. Trans women and intersex persons lack protection against
discrimination in both law and practice. Discrimination affects these women in areas
including education, employment, and access to medical services, including in
emergency situations. Most importantly, their rights to lives free from violence and
equal to those of other citizens have been continually ignored.
The drafting of a new Constitution, following President Rafael Correa?s assumption of
power in 2007, has served as a pivotal window of opportunity for the LGBTTI
community. Several women?s groups within Ecuador have submitted proposals. They
seek the establishment and implementation of a non-discriminatory mechanism
inclusive of gender identity, pervasive gender-neutrality (particularly in reference to
workplace accessibility and political decision-making), the decriminalization of
abortion, enactment of civil partnership irrespective of the gender of the partners, and
the definition of violence against LGBTTI people as hate crimes, and punishable as
A particular situation of discrimination and torture is faced by LGBTTI people confined
in ?rehabilitation clinics? which seek to ?correct? their sexual orientation and gender identity. These clinics need to be closed immediately and those responsible need to be
Temporary measures are needed immediately to protect LGBTTI people against
violence and abuse in numerous settings, such as that committed by police, family
members, public and private institutions. Longer-term measures should recognize
homophobia and transphobia as precursors and contributors to the murders of LGBTTI
people and to other human rights violations.
This report captures stories of women who had once been voiceless. Lesbian women,
travesti and transsexuals, allied themselves with other feminist women, and question the
heteronormative view in society, marriage as a patriarchal institution, and have
emphasized the need to decriminalize abortion. They work with other social movements
towards the fulfillment of human rights for all Ecuadorians, regardless of sexual
orientation and gender identity.
(PDF - 413 Kb) Document Date: 30 Sep 2008 (Downloads: 309)
Police purging hijras out of Bengaluru - resistance by sexual minorities and human rights defenders -sangamablog.blogspot.com- 11/05/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
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(PDF - 418 Kb) Document Date: 5 Nov 2008 (Downloads: 375)
These Everyday Humiliations- Violence Against Lesbians, Bisexual Women, and Transgender Men in Kyrgyzstan- HRW- 10/06/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
* I. Introduction: Struggling for Recognition, Seeking Safety<br>
* II. Domestic Violence, Rape, and Harassment <br>
o Domestic Violence and Abuse<br>
o Punitive and ?Curative? Rape<br>
o Harassment in Public<br>
* III. Official Responses: Old Mistrust, Ongoing Harassment <br>
* IV. Background and Context <br>
o Legal and Social Status of Women in Kyrgyzstan<br>
o Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and the Law in Kyrgyzstan<br>
* V. Legal Standards<br>
o Violence and Abuse<br>
o Forced or Coerced Marriage<br>
* VI. Recommendations<br>
* VII. Appendix: Terminology<br>
* VIII. Acknowledgements<br>
October 2008 ISBN: 1-56432-381-1
(PDF - 434 Kb) Document Date: 6 Oct 2008 (Downloads: 251)
ENDLESS GAY PERSECUTION IN MALAYSIA- by Nellsen Jong Malaysian activist- 11/04/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
The current Malaysia government has continued their scape-goating of gay people and Section 377 even after 1998 and 2007 attempted to smear DSAI political career. Despite the rather obvious political nature of the government's prosecution of its leading proponent of democratic reforms, the prejudice against homosexuals is so severe that Anwar was discredited.<br><br>
Gay people have no one to speak up for them in Malaysia. Even academic researchers are intimidated by being dependent upon government appointments and funding. Faculty at Malaysian universities are prohibited from 'engaging in political activity.' For example, several teachers were dismissed by the government's Teaching Service Commission
just for assigning students to debate political policies in a debate competition. Without any public discourse on the subject of equal rights for homosexuals, there is little opportunity for changing the attitudes of the public or government authorities.
(PDF - 33 Kb) Document Date: 4 Nov 2008 (Downloads: 378)
Equality or Bust: A Malaysian Political Refuge's Fight- By P. Ryan Baber, www.realgayla.com- 02/02/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
While technically a constitutional monarchy with freedom of religion, most of the laws and much of the judiciary are modeled on a strictly Islamic code. For these and other reasons, homosexuality is not just frowned upon, it is a criminal offense punishable by up to 20 years in prison and, in some cases, caning under Section 377.<br><br>
"It's not punishable by death, but an unusually high number of homosexuals die of what the moral police call 'natural causes' while in custody," Nellsen informs me. The moral police he refers to are the members of the government sanctioned force assigned to enforce Islamic laws and weed out "vice."<br><br>
"A lot of gays live in hiding or lead double lives," Nellsen adds. He himself was a small business owner in Malaysia, and though his immediate family knew about his orientation, none of his employees ever did.
(PDF - 638 Kb) Document Date: 2 Feb 2008 (Downloads: 271)
Gay Wedding Stirs Controversy in Senegal - By Naomi Schwarz, Dakar - 02/21/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
After photos of a reported marriage ceremony between two men were published in a local magazine in Senegal, politicians, journalists and religious leaders are weighing in on their views about homosexuality. Many say laws against homosexuality have not been sufficiently enforced, but others say the issue is being exploited. For VOA, Naomi Schwarz has more from Dakar.
(PDF - 69 Kb) Document Date: 21 Feb 2008 (Downloads: 560)
Lebanon's gays struggle with law- by Carine Torbey- news.bbc.co.uk- 8/219/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Homosexuality in Lebanon is no longer on the fringes of society or confined to an underworld of nightclubs and exclusive gatherings. It is now the subject of daily discussions in the country.<br><br>
Just over a year ago, Helem, the first-ever advocacy group of its kind in the Arab world was founded here, with the aim of improving the legal and social status of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, launching awareness campaigns and providing medical assistance.
(PDF - 55 Kb) Document Date: 29 Aug 2005 (Downloads: 325)
Lebanon's homosexual community speaks out - By Majdoline Hatoum Daily Star staff - 09/07/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
In a country that enjoys a rather relaxed attitude toward issues concerning sex - at least, compared to the other, more conservative countries of the region - Lebanese homosexuals still suffer from prejudice and discrimination. "A day does not go by where I don't have to deal with people who point me out and call me names," said Danny (not his real name), a 27-year-old architect who recently moved back to Lebanon after finishing his studies at a reputable European university.<br><br> Danny said he was open about his sexuality in Europe, but has been forced to keep a low profile in Lebanon mainly for two reasons: a non-tolerant society, and fear of his parents' reaction.
(PDF - 94 Kb) Document Date: 7 Sep 2005 (Downloads: 269)
Lebanon: Gay 'activities' should be banned, say Beirut counselor - by GAYMIDDLEEAST.COM - 09/21/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
A Beirut city counsellor has urged the Lebanese government to ban what he described as "public manifestations" of homosexual and transgender activities. "Homosexuality goes against the moral, religious and human principles of Lebanese society and its public manifestations should be banned," the counsellor, Saad ad-Din al-Wazzani told Adnkronos International (AKI). "I call on the government and Interior Minister Ahmad Fatfat to withdraw any permission to associations which promote homosexual and transgender activities in Lebanon," he added.
(PDF - 69 Kb) Document Date: 21 Sep 2005 (Downloads: 256)
Lebanon: Legal status of homosexuals; treatment of homosexuals by the authorities and the population (2005 - October 2007)- www.unhcr.org/refworld- LBN102624.FE- 11/09/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Article 534 of the Lebanese Penal Code criminalizes "unnatural sexual intercourse," which is punishable by up to one year of imprisonment (Helem n.d.c). In practice, homosexual acts fall under this law (ibid.).<br><br>
Although the 2001 Code of Criminal Procedure stipulates that terms of imprisonment of less than one year are not implemented, detainees in Lebanese prisons are often held for lengthy periods as they await trial (ibid.).
(PDF - 215 Kb) Document Date: 9 Nov 2007 (Downloads: 284)