03/26/06 Gay Rights In Kenya- Behind the Mask, www.mask.org.za (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
status of homosexuality: illegal
age of consent: 16
laws covering homosexual activity: Sections 162 to 165 of the Penal Code criminalize homosexual behaviour and attempted homosexual behaviour between men, referring to it as "carnal knowledge against the order of nature". The penalty is 5 to 14 years' imprisonment. Lesbian relations are not mentioned in the law. (PB)
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03/31/06 Kenya: Statute: Section 162 to 165, carnal knowledge against the order of nature-Sodomylaw (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
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03/8/06 Kenya: US Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - 2005 3/8/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Other Societal Abuses and Discrimination<br><br>
There was societal discrimination against homosexuals and persons with HIV/AIDS. A lingering stigma toward persons with HIV/AIDS made it difficult for many families to admit that their members were HIV positive. The government worked in cooperation with international donors on programs of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.
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06/5/06 The Anglican Church of Kenya has condemned last weeks marriage of homosexuals in Vancouver, (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi, the head of the Church said the action of blessing marriage of same sex permitted by the local Bishop was ?putting themselves out of the worldwide Anglican Communion.?
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10/7/05 Afghan tribesman faces death for wedding to teenage boy- www.smh.com.au, By Peter Foster in New Delhi (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
A Pashtun tribesman who fell in love with and "married" a 16-year-old boy faces summary execution in Pakistan after his "unholy union" provoked outrage among Islamic leaders.<br><br>It is also common practice in such disputes for tribal delegations to march on the homes of the offending people and set them ablaze as a warning to others.
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2/26/08 - Mozambique: African lesbians demand greater rights- Reuters By Charles Mangwiro (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
MAPUTO, Feb 26 (Reuters) - An African lesbian group on Tuesday called on governments in the largely conservative continent to stop treating homosexuals like criminals.
<br><br>African gay activists accuse authorities in many countries of "state-sponsored" homophobia and tacitly condoning their persecution. In some cases, possible sentences against gays include death by stoning.
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2/26/08 Morocco: Protect Rights to Privacy and Fair Trial Petition Calls for Repeal of Repressive Law-gayswithoutborders.wordpress.com (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
The Moroccan government should protect the rights to privacy and a fair trial, Human Rights Watch and the Moroccan Human Rights Association said today. Human Rights Watch and the Moroccan Human Rights Association called on the government to repeal a law that provides prison terms for consensual homosexual acts, and launched a petition demanding that the government repeal article 489 of the penal code. They also demanded the release of the six men currently imprisoned under this article.
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2/26/08 Nepali gay men contesting poll hope to end taboo-Reuters By Gopal Sharma (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
KATHMANDU, Feb 26 (Reuters) - At least five Nepali gay men are contesting this year's elections in the hope of shattering taboos in the conservative nation, a gay candidate said.<br><br>There are already signs the taboo may be beginning to lose its grip. In December, the Supreme Court ordered the government to end discrimination against gays and guarantee sexual minorities the same rights as other citizens.
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2/28/02- Gay Afghanistan, After the Taliban Globalgayz.com- By Richard Ammon, Maura Reynolds and Lou Chibbaro (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Intro: With the fall of the Taliban government and its inhumane restrictions on normal life (including homosexual favoritism), old sexual traditions have re-surfaced as Afghanistan rebuilds its shattered culture. Two recent news reports form the main body of this story, one from the 'Los Angeles Times' (April 2002) and the other from the 'Washington Blade' (December 2001). Two more similar stories about the recurrence of Pashtun homosexuality, from the New York Times (February 2002) and Times of London (January 2002), can be found in the Afghanistan News & Reports 2002-04 .
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5/5/04 Gay Afghanistan- Gobalgayz.com By Michael T. Luongo (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Afghan men talking, joking, and skating along the edges of gay life: a brave American writer flies into Afghansitan to ask some questions about a taboo subject.
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Senegalese Gays Flee the Country- gayrepublic.org By : Van Rozenheim-2/25/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
(Senegal) - Dozens of Senegalese Gays are reported to have fled to the neighbouring countries (The Gambia and Mali) to escape the looming threats on their lives. The Gambia may not be a safe hideout for Gays, considering President Yahya Jammeh's personal hatred of homosexuality.
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United Nations Human Rights Committee Opposes Kenyan Homosexuality Criminal Law- The East Africa Standad 04/26/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
The United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) has urged the government to revoke the law criminalising homosexuality.
The committee, chaired by Ms Christine Chanete, said it was inconsistent with the UN covenant's non-discrimination clauses for the government to consider homosexuality an unnatural act.
<br><br> Section 162 of the Kenyan Penal Code criminalises homosexuality as an unnatural act, and the offence is punishable with a jail sentence of up to 14 years.<br><br>"While homosexuality is not an issue per se, all the tribes and customs of the country, and churches abhor the practice," he said.
A committee member, Mr. Roman Wieruszewski, expressed concern that Kenya considered homosexuality an unnatural act and had enacted laws to that effect.
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12/10/03- Bangladesh: High Court backs gay refugee claim-www.smh.com.au By Cynthia Banham (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Two gay men from Bangladesh have won the right to have their refugee claim determined on the grounds that they cannot live openly as homosexuals in their home country, after a ground-breaking High Court decision.<br><br>Homosexuality is a crime in Bangladesh, and the Refugee Review Tribunal accepted that people who lived openly as gays faced ostracism from family, friends and neighbours, as well as being bashed by police.
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2/15/08- Moscow Pride organizers again appeal to Euro court- Rex Wockner International News #722 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Moscow Pride organizers have filed suit in the European Court of Human
Rights over Mayor Yuri Luzhkov's ban of last year's aborted gay pride
parade.<br><br>The 2006 pride activities met the same fate. After Luzhkov banned the
parade, organizers instead tried to lay flowers at the Kremlin's Tomb of
the Unknown Soldier and hold a rally near City Hall. Participants in
both small events were violently attacked by neofascists, skinheads,
Christians and riot police, and the pride organizers were arrested. The
charges were later dropped.
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2/25/08- More Egyptian men arrested in HIV crackdown- Rex Wockner International News #722 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Four more men have been arrested in Cairo on suspicion of being
HIV-positive, bringing the number of detainees to 12, Human Rights Watch
and Amnesty International said Feb. 15.<br><br>"This not only violates the most basic rights of people living with HIV.
It also threatens public health by making it dangerous for anyone to
seek information about HIV prevention or treatment."
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2008/02/24/ Attacks Show Easygoing Jamaica Is Dire Place for Gays- New York TimesBy MARC LACEY (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
The country?s public defender, Earl Witter, later condemned the violence at the funeral, but he also reinforced the common view that if only gays would be less flamboyant, there would be less violence against them. Speaking to the Mandeville Rotary Club last April, he urged Jamaica?s gays to avoid flaunting their sexual orientation. ?Hold your corners,? he said in the local vernacular, because ?it may provoke a violent breach of the peace.?
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2008/02/25 - Jamaica: No to gays running for public office - survey -www.jamaica-gleaner.com-Gareth Manning, Sunday Gleaner Reporter (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Although Jamaica is considered the most politically tolerant among several countries in the region, most Jamaicans would not support a known homosexual running for public office.<br><br>
The researchers suggested that the low support for homosexuals holding public office "could partly be explained from a respect for the rule of law perspective and the culture. Homosexual acts, even between consenting adults, are illegal in Jamaica ... "
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2008/02/25- Gay Jamaican officer seeks asylum TheStar.com - Canada - Staff reporter DANA FLAVELLE (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
A Jamaican police officer says he's living in fear after coming out as a gay man and hopes to come to Canada where he can safely speak up on behalf of other gay Jamaicans.<br><br>Hayden is not the first gay Jamaican to seek asylum out of fear for his life, said Rebecca Schleifer, a researcher with Human Rights Watch in New York and author of Hated to Death, a report on gay bashing and its impact on the fight against HIV/AIDS in Jamaica.
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6/28/07- Bangladesh: COUNTRY OF ORIGIN INFORMATION REPORT- produced by Research, Development and Statistics (RDS), Home Office UK (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
i This Country of Origin Information Report (COI Report) has been for use by officials involved in the asylum/human rights determination process. The Report provides general background information about the issues most commonly raised in asylum/human rights claims made in the United Kingdom. The main body of the report includes information available up to 31 May 2007. The ?Latest News? section contains further brief information on events and reports accessed from 1 June to 15 June 2007.<br><br>
23. LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER PERSONS
SOCIETAL ILL-TREATMENT OR DISCRIMINATION<br>
SOCIETAL ILL-TREATMENT OR DISCRIMINATION
23.02 In a BBC News report of 21 June 2005, Roland Buerk wrote: ?Non-traditional sexuality of any kind is deeply frowned upon in Bangladesh which, although a relatively tolerant Muslim country, remains conservative in sexual matters. Laws dating from the British Raj era making sodomy a crime punishable by life in prison are still on the statute books. In reality they are rarely enforced. The condemnation from society of anyone found to be gay is deterrent enough for most to remain very firmly shut in the closet.? [20q] Afsan Chowdhury of Himal Magazine commented as follows in an article in 2004: <br><br>
?Being gay in Bangladesh isn?t easy because society responds differently to sexuality in public and in private ... People involved with gay issues say that between 5 to 10 percent of the population is homosexual. That would mean at least 6 to 12 million Bangladeshis, more than the total population of many countries, prefer the same sex. Even if that estimate is considered to be on the higher side and is reduced by half, the number left would still be significant ? Demonstration of homosexual tendencies for short periods is quite common in Bangladeshi society. Those practising it are not ostracised, although if caught, are ridiculed ? Male homosexuality is tolerated despite religious sanction. Yet divorce citing gay behaviour by any partner is not known.? [12a]
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90 cops visit Mexico City gay bar- Rex Wockner International News # 722- 02/25/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Some 90 police officers descended on the Mexico City gay bar Neón in the
gay Zona Rosa district Feb. 16.<br><br>
A city official called the incident a "verification visit" to check for
irregularities and the presence of minors.<br><br>In recent months, eight gay bars have been shut down in the Zona Rosa by
city officials from the Cuauhtémoc borough -- Boy Bar, Colors, Crazy,
Lipstick, Liverpool 100, Oasis, The Pussi and VIP, NotieSe said.<br><br>
Activists have blamed the closures on the local government district's
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