Sexual cleansing in Iraq- by Peter Tatchell- www.guardian.co.uk- 09/25/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
The "improved" security situation in Iraq is not benefiting all Iraqis, especially not those who are gay. Islamist death squads are engaged in a homophobic killing spree with the active encouragement of leading Muslim clerics, such as Moqtada al-Sadr, as Newsweek recently revealed.<br><vr>
One of these clerics, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, issued a fatwa urging the killing of lesbians and gays in the "most severe way possible".
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Activists protest gay Iranian's expulsion from the U.K. by Rex Wockner- International News #592-08/29/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
British Home Secretary Charles Clarke is being asked to halt the pending expulsion of a Iranian gay man back to his homeland...
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Gay plea to halt deporting of Iranian by Jamie Doward, social affairs editor-The Observer-08/21/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
The Iranian man, who has not been named, was told he was due to be removed from the UK last month. His lawyers are now appealing. He claims he fled the country after a friend, who was also gay, was arrested by the Iranian authorities, who seized a video of the pair kissing. Freeman ruled that there was no evidence the video existed and that the man's removal would not put him at risk on his return.
But his impending removal comes soon after the executions of two gay teenagers. In July, 16-year-old Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni, 18, were hanged in Edalat Square in the north-eastern city of Mashhad. The authorities claimed the pair had raped a 13-year-old boy, a claim contested by human rights groups. The Observer has also been informed by underground activists that another gay man was executed in the city of Arak on 16 August.
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Amnesty demands protection for Bosnian gay festival- Rex Wockner International News # 752- 09/22/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Amnesty International demanded Sept. 18 that authorities in Bosnia and
Herzegovina protect participants in the first Sarajevo Queer Festival,
which was scheduled for Sept. 24 to 28.<br><br>
"The authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina must guarantee a climate free
of intimidation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people," the
group said. "Gay rights activists will use this festival to take to the
public their message for equality before the law and an end to
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Argentina: POR PRIMERA VEZ EN EL PAIS, UN FALLO AUTORIZA A UN TRANSEXUAL A CAMBIAR SU DOCUMENTO SIN ADECUAR SU SEXO- For the first time in the country, a ruling authorizes a transgender to change ID documents without altering the sex organ- Clarin , by Liliana Moreno-www.clarin.com- 09/21/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Por primera vez en el país un fallo defiende la identidad de una transexual por encima de otra razón: un juez la autorizó a cambiar su nombre en los documentos sin exigirle una operación de cambio de sexo. Tania Luna nació varón pero siempre se sintió mujer. Tiene 25 años y ahora el nombre con el que se autobautizó a los 16 estará en su DNI. Y ella, dice, nacerá de nuevo.<br><br>
For the first time in the country, a ruling protects the identity of a transexual for another reason: a judge authorized her to change the name on her documents without demanding that she have a sex-change operation. Tania Luna was born a boy but has always felt like a woman. She is 25 years old and now has the name with which she self baptized herself at 16 years of age it will be in her DNI (national identity document). And she says that she will be born again.
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Nepal recognizes 'third' gender; gov't funds gay programs- rex Wockner International News # 752 - 09/22/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
A 21-year-old lesbian has become the first person to receive an official
Nepalese national identity card listing the gender as "third" rather
than "male" or "female."<br><br>
Bishnu Adhikari received the designation Sept. 17 after refusing to
accept a "male" identity card from the Kaski district administration
office in central Nepal, where officials claimed Adhikari appeared to be
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Protest This- [This article was printed today in the Columbia Spectator. Edited at night without my knowledge, some words are different than what I intended, such as the fifth paragraph's reference to tyrannical "cultures"--which should have been "countries." Nonetheless, here is my article as printed.]-Posted by ArielBeery - 10/09/03 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Looking through what the philosopher John Rawls would call a "veil of ignorance," it would be hard to miss the blatant abuses of power and racist policies of such countries as Iran, Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia. And yet little is said or done on this campus to raise awareness on the plight of the black Christians held in bondage in the Sudan, the legalized religious persecution of Sufi--practitioners of Islamic mysticism--in Saudi Arabia, or the continued occupation of Lebanon by the Syrian army. This ideological blindness has gotten so bad that when Minister Kharrazi defends his country's execution of homosexuals by saying that "human rights is a relative term," the e-mail listservs of the human rights and "progressive" solidarity networks remain silent, implicitly condoning Iran's policies.
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Uganda: AI action closed - Transgender LGBT human rights defenders arrested and at risk of torture or ill-treatment-Further Information on UA 260/08 (AFR 59/007/2008) ? Fear of arbitrary detention/ torture and other ill-treatment- AI 09/23/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
UGANDA <br> Oundo George] <br>
Kiiiza Brenda] Transgender LGBT Human Rights Defenders <br><br>
On 17 September, Oundo George and Kiiza Brenda, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) human rights defenders were released after a week in police detention at Nabweru Police Post.They were released on bond, after being charged for ?involvement in indecent practices?. They are required to report to the police post on Wednesday 24 September.
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Amazing Nigerian gays and lesbians hold extraordinary meeting- onlinenigeria.com- 01/12/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
The group recently held its first Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Nigeria, under the auspices of Changing Attitude Nigeria (CAN), an affirmation of guys and lesbians in the Anglican Communion CAN. It is headed by Mr. Davies Mac-Iyalla.
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In Conservative Nepal, a Tribune for the ?Third Gender? Speaks - By TILAK POKHAREL- www.nytimes.com- 09/20/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
SUNIL Babu Pant likes to take advantage of the frequent delays at Nepal?s newly elected Constituent Assembly.
As the only openly gay member, he takes every opportunity to work on his homophobic colleagues, trying to
convince them that contrary to what they were taught growing up in this very conservative country, homosexuals
are just like any other people.
<br><br>But Nepal remained officially hostile to sexual minorities. Mr. Pant said that 13 transgendered people were exiled
to India and that two were killed in Katmandu. The Nepalese Army removed two female cadets for engaging in
?an indecent intimate relationship.? In August 2004, 39 members of the Blue Diamond Society were imprisoned
for 13 days.
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India: Centre fails to take a stand on homosexuality- sify.com- 09/18/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
New Delhi: The Centre has failed to sort out the differences between the Home and Health ministries over decriminalisation of homosexuality among consenting adults and sought more time on Thursday from the Delhi High Court to take a decision on the issue.<br><br>A Bench comprising Chief Justice A P Shah and Justice S Muralidhar, however, refused to adjourn the matter saying that the government could file its response during the pendency of the case.
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India: Transgenders lay seige to govt hospital- www.indolink.com- 09/22/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Coimbatore, Sep 22 (PTI) A group of transgenders today laid siege to the government hospital here protesting denial of treatment to a eunuch suffering from HIV. According to police sources, a 28-year old transgender had approached the hospital on suspicion of affected with HIV, a couple of days ago.
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Iran: Death penalty for man accused of homosexuality- http://www.adnkronos.com- 09/23/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Tehran, 23 Sept. (AKI) - Nemat Safavi, arrested almost three years ago
at the age of 16, has been condemned to death by a court in Ardebil, in
the northwest Iranian Azerbaijan region.<br><br>
Nemat has not killed anyone, stolen anything or even carried out any
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Lebanon: Homosexuality in Lebanon- Posted By Nash Suleiman http://globalvoicesonline.org 09/20/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Homosexuality is one of the topics you would find on the black list of any Middle East government and almost in all of its societies and cultures. And while the presence of homosexuality can be spotted in every country in the region, governments and societies are still intolerant to such life style. Intolerance can even reach a point of denial as it was witnessed during Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinajad?s  speech at Columbia University in 2007.
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NIGERIA: WORLD'S WORST ANTI-GAY LAW MAY PASS SOON- Doug Ireland,direland.typepad.com- 02/21/07 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Nigeria_map The following article was written for Gay City News -- New York's largest gay weekly -- which publishes it tomorrow:<br><br>
One of the most sweeping anti-gay bills ever introduced in any parliament in the world is in danger of rapid passage in Nigeria in the coming weeks. Although billed as a ban on same-sex marriage, the proposed law includes provisions that would make any expression of homosexuality ? not only sexual conduct but any homosexual inclination or reference ? in public or in private, a crime.
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STUDY: SEXUAL MINORITIES FACE DISCRIMINATION IN CHILE SCHOOLS- Gay Rights Group MOVILH Lambastes Ed Ministry For Lack Of Action- MOVILH 09/223/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Discussion about homosexuality and transexuality is rare ? or nonexistent ? in Santiago public high schools, according to a study released last week by the Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation (MOVILH), one of Chile's leading sexual-minorities advocacy groups. The study also confirmed that prejudice and discrimination against sexual minorities are common realities within educational communities.
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Attack on the Participants of the Belgrade Queer Festival- Press announcement-www.queerbeograd.org- 09/22/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
On Friday night, September 19, a group of ten unknown perpetrators brutally attacked and hurt four participants of the Belgrade Queer Festival. Two of them were foreigners, one from Russia, and another from the USA. The attack happened in the central part of the city. The injured people have been taken care of at the Emergency Medical Center. Thanks to the quick response of the police, which guarded the event, two perpetrators have been taken into police custody soon after the attack. Queer Belgrade Collective condemns the last night's homophobic attack and thinks that what happened was a violation of the right to physical and psychological integrity, right to sexual orientation, right to freedom of movement and freedom of peaceful assembly.
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Cameroon newspapers begin a crusade against homosexuals-Krystal's Archive-RSS-08/02/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Tabloid newspapers in Cameroon have exposed the sexuality of individuals in the country's political and business sector. Numerous people have been on this list as pinpointing the homosexuals within the West African country.<br><br>
Cameroon tabloid newspapers have shocked some political and business public figures by placing their names on a list stating they are homosexual. There is an estimated 50 individuals on this list causing a complete "sell out" of the news papers invovled with these allegations.
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Cameroon: Public Homophobia Increases on the Eve of Sodomy Trial-IGLHRC-03/02/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has renewed its call for justice for the "Yaoundé 11" as reports from CAmeroon confirm that two of the 11 men detained in a prison for the last nine month on sodomy charges have been released and trial for the other nine detainees has been set for March 13, 2006. IGLHRC considers these men to be unfairly detained and is demanding their immediate and unconditional release. IGLHRC has been working with the 11 men and their lawyers since their arrest in May 2005.
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China publishes gay sex report-International News #616 by Rex Wockner-02/13/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
The first report on "men-to-men sexual behaviors" has been published in China, the Xinhua news service reported Feb. 9.<br><br>
"MSM in China: Surveying Sex and Self-Identity" examines the sex lives of Chinese gays vi 400 in-depth interviews and case studies, Xinhua said. The study's 15 chapters also look at gay feelings and self-expression among several social and cultural groups.<br><br>
The research was funded by the Ford Foundation. The report was written by a scholar who is known in the media as Tong Ge, the pen name he has used when writing gay novels.
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