7515 documents found
Russia: Authorities apparently move to block Petersburg Queer Culture Festival- by St. Petersburg LGBT organization Coming Out - on 09/16/10 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
If the Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg in fact did give such
recommendation, we consider this to be an act of censorship, in violation
of the Constitution of the Russian Federation and a direct violation of
our rights to self-expression and assembly (Articles 10 and 11 of the
European Convention). There is no legal basis whatsoever for the
government to ban the Festival.<br><br>
This move was made after an open letter from various parental
organizations was published in the internet, urging the government to
close down the "Festival of Sodomites" who carry "vice and perversion" and
are dangerous to the moral well-being of their children.
(PDF - 38 Kb) Document Date: 16 Sep 2010 (Downloads: 125)
Russian Gay Activist Arrested at Moscow Airport As He Was About to Board Swiss Air Lines Flight to Geneva - No reason for arrest yet given by officials - whereabouts not known - by www.ukgaynews.org.uk on 09/15/10: http://www.ukgaynews.org.uk/Archive/10/Sep/1501.htm (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"One police man did, however, suggest that Mr. Alekseev might have been transferred to the FSB, formally the KGB, headquarters on Lubianska Square in Moscow" <br><br>"Yesterday, activists from GayRussia announced that they had applied to stage a picket against the Moscow Mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, on September 21 on the occasion of his birthday. The theme of the picket was ?Luzhkov ? gomiki?."
(PDF - 87 Kb) Document Date: 15 Sep 2010 (Downloads: 153)
Gays to march in Serbia - Rex Wockner International News # 855 on 09/13/10 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"A planned pride march last year was canceled under pressure from police
and the government, who said they couldn't protect the marchers from
thousands of anti-gays who planned to attack the event."
(PDF - 22 Kb) Document Date: 13 Sep 2010 (Downloads: 138)
Honduras: Police Officer Sentenced for Stabbing Transgender Sex Worker - Rare Conviction Despite Intimidation a Victory for Justice- by HRW on 09/10/10: http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2010/09/10/honduras-police-officer-sentenced-stabbing-transgender-sex-worker?print (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Bias-motivated attacks on transgender people by private individuals are endemic. At least 19 transgender persons have been killed in public places in Honduras since 2004; many more have been injured in beatings, stabbings, or shootings." <br><br>
"These attacks rarely lead to an investigation or prosecution in Honduras."
(PDF - 94 Kb) Document Date: 10 Sep 2010 (Downloads: 136)
Saudi diplomat seeking asylum: 'My life is in danger' Envoy says he fears persecution if he leaves the U.S. and returns home - By Michael Isikoff, www.msnbc.msn.com, on 09/11/10: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39118941/ns/world_news-mideastn_africa/# (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
But the Saudis have also been sharply condemned by the U.S. State Department and human rights groups for religious and political intolerance, including the treatment of gay people. The most recent State Department human rights report on Saudi Arabia notes that, in addition to denying political and religious rights to minorities, ?under Sharia (Islamic law) sexual activity between two persons of the same gender is punishable by death or flogging.?
(PDF - 550 Kb) Document Date: 11 Sep 2010 (Downloads: 116)
2009 Human Rights Report: Saint Kitts and Nevis Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor 2009 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices- March 11, 2010: http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2009/wha/136124.htm (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"There are no laws that prohibit discrimination against a person on the basis of sexual orientation. Homosexual acts are illegal and carry penalties up to 10 years in prison."
"Although no statistics were available, anecdotal evidence suggested that societal discrimination against persons with HIV/AIDS occurred."
(PDF - 221 Kb) Document Date: 11 Mar 2010 (Downloads: 128)
Mexico: Informe de crímenes de odio por homofobia 1995-2008 Resultados Preliminares / Report, Hate crimes due to homophobia 1995-2008 - Preliminary Reports - By Alejandro Brito y Leonardo Bastida, Letra S, Sida, Cultura y Vida Cotidiana A.C., 05/30/10 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Translation of the pages with text in the report by Miguel Tovar- Law student from Laverne College, CA [Does not include translation of charts] <br><br>
?The result from the hemerographic monitoring for the Federal District resulted in 143 murders of homosexuals, lesbians and transgender people that were motivated by hate. Which makes this entity that reported the crimes, the largest number of cases of homophobic hate crimes in the country. Of that number, 109 were committed against men, 29 against transvestites, transsexuals and transgender women and five against women. <br><br>
Of the 86 cases in which the newspapers articles mentioned the ages of the victims, 55 were in the range of 21 to 40 years of age when they were finalized, 17 were between 41 and 50 years; 8, between the ages of 15-20 years old, and 6 were above 50 years old. That is to say, we are dealing with the majority of young people. ?
(PDF - 13,107 Kb) Document Date: 30 May 2010 (Downloads: 85)
Saint Kitts and Nevis: National Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS (Ministry of Health) Follow-up to the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS (UNGASS) 2007 -ST. CHRISTOPHER AND NEVIS COUNTRY REPORT- Dec/30/07 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Male to male sex appears to be much more common in Saint Kitts than acknowledged,
according to the behavioural surveillance. Yet, homophobia is rampant. The stigma
associated with male-to-male sex leads some homosexuals to have a female partner as an
alibi, thus putting her at risk. Also, the illegal status of ?buggery? drives MSM underground,
thus impeding access to health education and STD/HIV treatment.
(PDF - 984 Kb) Document Date: 30 Dec 2007 (Downloads: 103)
2009 Human Rights Report: Vietnam Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor 2009 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices March 11, 2010: http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2009/eap/136015.htm (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"A homosexual community existed but was largely underground. There are no laws that criminalize homosexual practices. There was no official discrimination in employment, housing, statelessness, or access to education or health care based on sexual orientation, but social stigma and discrimination was pervasive. Most homosexual persons chose not to tell family of their sexual orientation for fear of being disowned."
(PDF - 223 Kb) Document Date: 11 Mar 2010 (Downloads: 148)
Bolivia: Human Rights Report: Bolivia- 2009 Human Rights Report: Bolivia Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor 2009 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices March 11, 2010: http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2009/wha/136102.htm (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"The new constitution explicitly prohibits discrimination based on race, gender, language, sexual orientation, or social status. According to the human rights ombudsman, there was significant discrimination against (in descending order) persons with HIV/AIDS, indigenous persons, gay persons, and women."
(PDF - 235 Kb) Document Date: 11 Mar 2010 (Downloads: 157)
Amnesty International, Amnesty International Report 2010 - Honduras, 28 May 2010, available at: http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/docid/4c03a825c.html [accessed 2 September 2010] (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people <br><br>
Evidence emerged of a sharp rise in the number of killings of transgender women following the June coup. Between 2004 and March 2009, human rights organizations had registered 17 cases of killings of transgender women. Between the end of June and December 2009, 12 such cases were reported by local human rights organizations. No data was available about investigations into these killings.
(PDF - 225 Kb) Document Date: 28 May 2010 (Downloads: 148)
ASIA-MIDDLE EAST: Asian women increasingly under threat of HIV infection - by www.plusnews.org on 03/16/09: http://www.plusnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=83477 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"'I went through medical tests and there I found out that I was
infected with HIV. Now, I can no longer leave and work abroad. I was
crushed. I didn't know what HIV was, and I thought I was going to die
quickly. I couldn't accept it. I wanted to be alone. I was angry and
kept asking, "What did I do wrong to get this disease?"' said Rina,
now 34 and working as a volunteer for a local non-government
organization promoting HIV/AIDS Photo: Newsbreak Asian women migrants
work under difficult conditions
awareness. Her story is becoming common among Asian women migrants
working in the Middle East, according to a groundbreaking study, HIV
Vulnerabilities of Migrant Women: From Asia to the Arab States, by the
UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Organization for
Migration (IOM). <br><br>
Ajjay Chibber, the UNDP regional director for Asia, said the migrants,
who suffered discrimination from the time they arrived, would become
more marginalized once they contracted HIV. 'If they are found to be
HIV positive, they risk deportation. Once returned to their home
countries, they are unable to find work and face discrimination and
social isolation,' he said. In the absence of reintegration
programmes, the deportation of HIV positive workers 'can be
devastating for the health, well-being and livelihoods of migrants and
their families,' the report said. The prospect of never again being
able to work abroad "puts them at substantial risk of being
(PDF - 194 Kb) Document Date: 16 Mar 2009 (Downloads: 103)
BURKINA FASO: Finding new ways to feed HIV-positive people - by www.plusnews.org on 11/19/08: http://www.plusnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=81559 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"OUAGADOUGOU, 19 November 2008 (PlusNews) - High food prices and cuts
in food aid to HIV-positive people are forcing relief organisations in
Burkina Faso to take another look at local foods to keep people
healthy. 'We are all working with sustainability in mind, and we
cannot always continue to rely on external support,' said Dr Joseph
Aimé Bidiga, who runs the health division at the national AIDS control
council, CNLS. 'We must take action to allow us to do as much as
possible with our modest means.' According to new regulations issued
by the CNLS, only people starting on life-prolonging antiretroviral
(ARV) medication will be entitled to food rations, and then only for
the first six months of treatment. Previously, all people living with
HIV and their families were eligible for food aid. <br><br>
As a result of the cuts, several organisations have been forced to
reduce the number of people they support with food aid; PAMAC is now
providing food rations to one-third of its 25,000 beneficiaries, while
REVS+, an association of HIV positive people with around 2,000
beneficiaries, will now give food aid to just 700 patients. NGOs have
expressed concern that the cuts in food aid could lead patients to
abandon their ARV regimens, as a healthy diet is crucial to successful
HIV treatment. 'You have to [eat properly] to follow it; people who
don't eat cannot take their [ARVs],' said Martine Somda of REVS+."
(PDF - 185 Kb) Document Date: 19 Nov 2008 (Downloads: 109)
HIV Vulnerabilities of Migrant Women: from Asia to the Arab States - by UNDP Regional Centre in Colombo, www.undprcc.lk, on 10/31/08: http://www2.undprcc.lk/resource_centre/pub_pdfs/P1105.pdf (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"The Arab States are the primary destinations for many migrant workers
from various countries in Asia, including Bangladesh, Pakistan, the
Philippines, and Sri Lanka. Of these migrants, many are women: in
2005, 59 percent of Sri Lankan migrant workers were women, of which 90
percent were domestic workers, largely in the Arab States. Since 2000,
women have comprised 90 percent of yearly deployment of new hires for
service workers in the Philippines, of which 30 percent are employed
as domestic help. A similar preference for the Arab States is observed
in the case of Bangladesh, where between 1991 and 2007, 60 percent of
female migrants left to find employment in the Arab States. <br><br>
Stigma and discrimination confront women migrant workers in
all stages of migration in a far broader context than HIV alone,
though HIV does exacerbate the situation. In some cases
women migrate as a means to overcome discrimination related
to the stigma of being widowed, of being single and beyond
the socially acceptable age of marriage, and/or of being poor
and dispossessed of property and material assets. However, in
migrating from home they also transgress a social norm that
assumes the immobility of women, and thus in some countries
they face the stigma of being viewed as an 'impure' woman who
lives away from the watchful eye of family and community."
(PDF - 2,385 Kb) Document Date: 31 Oct 2008 (Downloads: 97)
Honduras: 2009 Human Rights Report: Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor 2009 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices March 11, 2010: http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2009/wha/136117.htm (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
On June 29, unknown actors fatally shot in the head transvestite sex worker Vicky Hernandez Castillo (Jhonny Emilson Hernandez) in San Pedro Sula. Human rights defenders alleged that security forces were responsible for the killing because Hernandez Castillo was believed to have been killed while working during curfew hours on the night of June 28. <br><br>
On September 20, unknown perpetrators fatally shot Salome (Jorge Samuel Caravante) and Zaira (Carlos Ricardo), two transvestite sex workers in Choloma, Cortes Department. At year's end there was no information regarding any investigation of these killings. <br><br>
On December 4, unknown persons reportedly kidnapped and physically assaulted LGBT activist Walter Trochez but later released him. Trochez told human rights organizations that during his December 4 detention, the kidnappers questioned him about his involvement in the anticoup movement. On December 13, unknown assailants fatally shot and killed Trochez in Tegucigalpa. At year's end the Office of the Special Prosecutor for Human Rights was conducting an investigation.
(PDF - 248 Kb) Document Date: 11 Mar 2010 (Downloads: 161)
LGBT Activists in Turkey Launch Ground-Breaking Publication by EurasiaNet on 08/30/10: http://www.eurasianet.org/node/61826 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
It took three years of patient work before Koya and Solin, both gay Kurds themselves, were
ready to bring out the first issue. "There are 15 million Kurds in Turkey, and one in 10 people
is gay, but where are the Kurdish gay people?" asked Solin. "That is the question that led to
this. We wanted to find out how people express their sexuality in this culture."<br><br>
In the Kurdish east and the mass of rural Anatolia, Islamic values and extended family
networks make it impossible to live an openly gay lifestyle. "No one is openly homosexual,"
says Koya. "There are a few, maybe a couple in our group, who are accepted within their
families on the condition of not being open in the community."
(PDF - 54 Kb) Document Date: 30 Aug 2010 (Downloads: 100)
Líder de Comunidad Gay Sampedrana Asesinado / Gay community leader in San Pedro Sula murdered- by Redacción: firstname.lastname@example.org, on 09/02/10: http://www.laprensa.hn/Ediciones/2010/08/31/Noticias/Lider-de-Comunidad-Gay-Sampedrana-asesinado (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Según estadísticas de la Comunidad Gay Sampedrana al menos unos 24 hondureños han sido asesinados de forma violenta desde el 2009. "Estamos como que acostumbrándonos a lo mismo, duele porque (Gensy) era una persona muy cercana a nosotros. Lo que pasa aquí en el país es que las leyes no se cumplen para nadie y para nuestra comunidad es mucho más complicado todavía el asunto".<br><br>
"According to statistics from the Sampedrana (San Pedro Sula) Gay Community, at least 24 Hondurans have been murdered in a violent form since 2009." It's as if we are getting used to the same,it hurts because (Gensy) was a person who was very close to us. What happens here in this country is that the laws aren't carried out for anyone and for our community it is much more complicated."
(PDF - 591 Kb) Document Date: 2 Sep 2010 (Downloads: 151)
Moscow activists file Euro court case - Rex Wockner International News # 853- 08/30/10 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Moscow Pride organizers filed suit against Russia in the European Court of
Human Rights on Aug. 23 alleging violations of their right to freedom of
assembly as guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights." <br><br>
"A year ago, gay activists were denied permission to stage pickets against
Moscow Northern District Prefect Oleg Mitvol after he waged a campaign,
ultimately successful, to close down the city's oldest gay bar, Body and
Soul. Russian courts upheld the bans."
(PDF - 23 Kb) Document Date: 30 Aug 2010 (Downloads: 150)
Morocco: Odissey to America - By Justin Raimondo-06/21/06-http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2006/06/21/odyssey-to-america/ (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
The judge looked like a reasonable man, stern but not cruel ? but the prosecutor! A more perfect portrait of satanic evil could hardly be imagined. Thin as a rail, with that scraggly beard the Islamists wear, eyes buried in shadow beneath Brezhnevian eyebrows, he demanded the maximum sentence for homosexual acts: three years, and a hefty fine. No lawyer appeared on behalf of the defendants. Omar?s shoulders slumped forward as he heard the prosecutor?s demand, and he looked down at the floor. Adil, on the other hand, did not slump, but stood straighter, and looked directly at the source of this threat to his freedom, projecting, with all his might, his utter disdain.
(PDF - 97 Kb) Document Date: 26 Jun 2006 (Downloads: 98)
Peru: Denuncian que Ministerio de Educación y UNFPA aún consideran la homosexualidad como una "desviación" en contra de opinión de OMS - The Minsitry of Educaiton and The UN Population Foundation are Denounced Since They Still Consider Homosexuality as an "aberration" Contrary to the Opinion of the World Health Organization (WHO), By Blog de Lima Gay, 08/19/10: http://blogdelimagay.blogspot.com/2010/08/denuncian-que-ministerio-de-educacion-y.html (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"En los términos de referencia de la convocatoria, llama la atención que , entre los contenidos temáticos para educación sexual, se ubica a la homosexualidad como una 'desviación de la expresividad y del comportamiento sexual.' <br><br> "En cuanto al tema específico de la 'homosexualidad', existen tres maneras de abordarla en el ámbito educativo: sancionarla, invisibilizarla o reconocer su existencia sin prejuicios. Los términos de referencia de la guía la silencian a lo largo de los contenidos para colocarla finalmente como 'desviación' y 'problema', cuando la homosexualidad ya no es considerada una patología (enfermedad o desviación) por la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS), desde hace veinte años."<br><br>
"In terms of reference for the assembly, it is noted that, among the thematic contents for sexual education, one finds homosexuality as an 'aberration of expressiveness and of sexual behavior.'<br><br>
"Regarding the specific topic of 'homosexuality,' there are three ways of approaching it in the educational scope: to sanction it; to make it invisible; or to recognize its existence without prejudice. The terms of reference of the guide silence it in the long run of the contents to finally place it as an "aberration" and "problem," when homosexuality is no longer considered a pathology (illness or aberration) by the World Health Organization (WHO) since twenty years ago."
(PDF - 101 Kb) Document Date: 19 Aug 2010 (Downloads: 139)