'We are neither men nor women, but Muslims like anyone else'-Siraj Waha, Arab News/Pukaar-12/20/07 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
They are neither men nor women. In their devotion to God, however, they are second to none. There are no precise figures as to how many o them are performing Haj this year but according to those who are familiar with them, they have been coming here for years. Since they list themselves as men when applying for Haj visas, there is no definite way of ascertaining their exact number. They are like a drop in the ocean here and would have gone unnoticed but for their mannerisms and the singsong way of talking.
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Azerbaijan: IHF FOCUS-elections and referenda; freedom of expression and the media-12/15/02 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
While there were some visible positive human rights developments on the eve of Azerbaijan's accession to the Council of Europe in January 2001, more repressive politics followed; irregularities during elections became a routine, opposition to President Heydar Aliyev (in power since 1993), after being the Soviet leader of Azerbaijan from 1969 to 1982) and media activities were seriously suppressed.
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CHAD: Travel Advise: Homosexuals - www.fco.gov.uk- 09/29/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
This advice has been reviewed and reissued with an amendment to the Summary and Political Situation section. The overall level of the advice has not changed.<br><br>
Homosexuality is not widely accepted in central African society and some sexual acts between members of the same sex are illegal.
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Chile- INFORME DDHH: "EL ESTADO DE CHILE ES PASIVO FRENTE A LA DISCRIMINACION QUE AFECTA A LAS MINORIAS SEXUALES"- Human Rights Report: The Chilean Government is passive in regards to the discrimination that affects sexual minorities- www.opusgay.cl- 08/19/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
En su nuevo estudio, la Universidad Diego Portales advierte que los derechos humanos de las minorías sexuales son vulnerados "frecuentemente" en Chile. Algunos ejemplos son violentos atropellos que en el 2007 provinieron de las Fuerzas Armadas, de la Iglesia Católica, de los tribunales y de la falta de políticas gubernamentales para hacerles frente.
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Dominican Republic: Affidavit of Ellen Koenig, M.D., Director of the HIV/AIDS Department of the National Laboratories in the DR-06/24/96 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
1. I am the Director of the HIV/AIDS Departmetn fo the National Laboratories (the "Department"), the Dominican Republic's principal HIV testing facility, and I am an AIDS clinician, practicin in the city of Santo Domingo. I have provided counseling to HIV-positive individuals since the Department was opened in September, 1985, and medical assistance to these individuals since 1989.
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Dominican Republic: BLOQUEAN INICIATIVAS-ASA: Discriminación en bares gay es muestra de homofobia e intolerancia-Discrimination in gay bars a sample of homophobia and discrimination- Published on the cover of Clave Digital on 06/21/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
El director ejecutivo de la ONG "Amigos siempre amigos" señaló que los sucesos ocurridos en la discoteca Arena y el bar PUnto afectan la labor de prevención sobre VIH que realiza la entidad en los bares de la comunidad homosexual y lesbica.<br><br>
The executive director of the NGO "Friends always friends" pointed out that the events which happened in the disco Arena and the bar Punto affect the labor of prevention about HIV which the group has carried out in the bars in the homosexual and lesbian community.
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Dominican Republic: Country Reports on Human Rights Practices-2005-Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor-03/08/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Persons with HIV/AIDS particularly women, faced discrimination in the workplace and elsewhere. An estimated 50 thousand to 100 thousand persons in the country were infected with the disease. According to Human Rights Watch, workers in many industries faced involuntary HIV testing in the workplace or when seeking medical care or medical insurance. Workers or patients found to have the disease could be fired from their jobs or denied adequate healthcare. Although the law prohibits the use of HIV testing to screen employees or for medical services unrelated to the disease, this law rarely was enforced.
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Guatemala: La "locura" de la homosexualidad-The craziness of homosexuality-Revista D-07/17/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Nuestra globalización nos niega un acercamiento al sujeto, tal como en el colonialismo del Siglo XVIII.<br><br>
Our globalization denies us an approach to the subject, just like during the colonialism of the 18th Century.
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Haiti: The Black Community Confronts Sexuality and HIV-BlackPressUSA.com-6/20/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
When 23-year-old Adolph St. Arromand decided to tell his father he had HIV, he picked an outdoor café in a New York City gay neighborhood. He chose the location in case he needed to run. "I figured if he started beating on me, I could disappear into a bar and he wouldn't follow," said the Newark, N.J., resident. It was a self-protectiveness justified by past experience. When he was 15, St. Arromand confessed to his family that he had romantic feelings for other men. Soon afterward, members of his church - led by his grandfather, a preacher - arrived at his house in a big group. "The wanted to drive the devil out of me, so they held the equivalent of an exorcism," St. Arromand said. "And when it didn't work, they politely told me that I would bring shame on the family, that I should find some other place to live, and put me into the street."
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India- Centre: Homosexuality is a reflection of a perverse mind- timesofindia.indiatimes.com- 09/27/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
NEW DELHI: Calling it a "social vice' and "a reflection of a perverse mind', the Central government on Friday opposed scrapping of Section 377 of Indian Penal Code even as it came under fire from Delhi high court for its affidavit which contains divergent stands as stated by the home ministry and health ministry. ( Watch )<br><br>
A division bench comprising Chief Justice A P Shah and Justice S Muralidhar also wondered why the government's affidavit protests against the scrapping of Section 377 when, in effect, the NGO limited its plea to toning down of the act to legalize private consensual sex between consenting adults.
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Iran: Protest This-arielbeery.com/archives/2003-10/09/03 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Last week at Columbia University, before a packed room of students and faculty, Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi called for the United States to change its policies in the Middle East--a position heard often on campus. But this time should have been different: while Kharrazi chastises the U.S. for being insensitive to the peoples of the region, his own government wages a nearly all-out war against its own citizens, brutally and violently suppressing its students whose only crime is calling for democracy and human rights. And yet the audience, and the rest of the University, was silent.
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Saudi Arabia-Ban Lifted on two gay websites-Magreb MIddle East press release/Reporters Without Borders-03/30/04 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Reporters Without Borders expressed satisfaction as Saudi Arabia announced it has lifted a ban on two gay websites, in response to an appeal from the international press freedom organisation.<br><br>
Head of the Internet Services Unite (ISU), Eyas Al-Hajery, responsible for the Internet within the kingdom, said in his reply, "After receiving your letter, we carried out a new examination of these sites. since no pornographic content was found, the ban has been lifted."
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As gay church arrives Nigeria, Christian, Muslim clerics declare:It?s evil! - By JOSSY IDAM & PAUL OMO OBADAN, Sun News Publishing - 09/14/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
A welter of criticism has greeted the emergence of the first openly declared gay church in the country.Both Christian and Muslim clerics have not only condemned it, they equally dismissed it as evil.
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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Failure to protect ?Sarajevo Queer Festival?- AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL-PRESS RELEASE, 09/25/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
The authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina must provide adequate security for the participants in the first ?Sarajevo Queer Festival?, said Amnesty International after several people were attacked at the end of the first day of the festival. The authorities must also promptly and thoroughly investigate the attacks and bring those responsible to justice.<br><br>
Eight people, policemen included, were reported to have been injured after dozens of young men attacked visitors to festival of art and culture, which opened on 24 September in the Academy of Fine Arts in the centre of the capital, Sarajevo.
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Clash over Nigeria cross-dressing - Story from BBC NEWS - 08/21/07 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Police in northern Nigeria have clashed with Muslim youths angry at a Sharia court's decision to grant bail to 18 men accused of dressing as women.
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Cross-dresser jailed in Nigeria - Story from BBC NEWS - 03/04/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
A Nigerian court has sentenced a man to 18 months in jail after he admitted he dressed up as a woman.
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Exiled Nigerian Gay Activist Touring U.S - thewickedwoman - 05/30/07 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Davis Mac-IyallaExiled Nigerian gay activist Davis Mac-Iyalla has come to the United States in search of political, spiritual and financial support. Founder of the LGBT Anglican organization Changing Attitude Nigeria, he has faced persecution from both his government and his church?being forced to flee to a nearby country where he and others organize in the herculean fight for their rights against the very powerful Archbishop Peter J. Akinola, primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and head homophobe in charge.
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Iraq: Gay leader assassinated in Baghdad- By Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk- 09/26/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
A leading gay activist in Iraq has been assassinated. 27 year old Bashar was targeted by gunmen yesterday.<br><br>
He was one of the organisers of safe houses for gay men in Baghdad and was co-ordinator of Iraqi LGBT in the city.<br><br>"On 25th September, I received the sad news from Iraq that the coordinator of Iraqi LGBT in Baghdad, Bashar, aged 27, a university student, was assassinated in a barber shop.<br><br>
"Militias burst in and sprayed his body with bullets at point blank range.
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Nigeria : Notorious Homosexual Arrested In Benin-City - Sunny Ojeiduma, City People Magazine - 07/23/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
A 21-year-old young man has been arrested by men of the Edo State Police Command for his involvement in homosexual crime.
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Nigeria transvestite handed fine - Story from BBC NEWS - 02/15/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
A Nigerian Islamic court has sentenced a man to six months in prison and fined him $38 for living as a woman for seven years in the northern city of Kano.
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