As the world observes the 65th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN General Assembly, John Ryan Mendoza laments that there is still a long and torturous road for its full realization especially among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Muslim Mindanao, where extra-judicial killings and gender-based violence continue to be poorly reported, thereby not addressed.
When you hear that 238 trans people have been killed this year, including 11 children, it’s a horrific number. For Transgender Day of Remembrance, we remember the horrific tragedies that led to the deaths of trans victims worldwide.
The man charges if he returns to Iran he will be persecuted because of his sexuality. A High Court judge has ruled that a 36-year-old gay Iranian man can have his application for asylum reconsidered. The man, who arrived in Ireland in 2007, claims he was raped by the son of an Iranian state police colonel. >>>
Why Imams were right to condemn the gang trying to impose Sharia law in east London and why Islam doesn’t actually say being gay is a sin. This week GSN reported the Metropolitan Police were investigating a ‘Muslim Patrol’ in London that has been harassing men for looking ‘gay’. >>>
The coalition of NGOs in South Africa led by the Human Rights Institute of South Africa,the Coalition of African Lesbians (CALS) and the Association of Progressive Communication(APC) do hereby congratulates the South African Government on the successful submission of its periodic report at the just concluded UPR process in Geneva >>>
In the Iraqi media, Sawt al-Iraq and Al-Mada both reported on Friday, March 23, that “security sources” are suggesting there will be a lull in attacks on emos until the Arab League Summit in Baghdad, scheduled for this week, ends. The sources also said, though, that girls will be targeted when the attacks resume:
Four violent murders in which gay men were bound and strangled to death have police and forensic specialists investigating the possibility that a serial killer, or homophobic group, is stalking Joburg’s gay community. >>>
PayPal officially states that its users “may not use the PayPal service for activities that [...] promote hate, violence, racial intolerance” but PayPal has become a favorite payment service for anti-LGBT extremists all over the world. PayPal must act immediately to shut down their accounts and ban all sites that promote anti-LGBT hate. >>>
23/08/2011 | Charge de Communication Pan Africa ILGA
| SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Police Maggie Sotyu, last week offered an unconditional apology to all those who have been brutalised, attacked, discriminated against, and raped because of their sexual orientation.
Some degree of safety is something most gay people in Canada take for granted every day. For Amir and Ahmad, however, it’s a recently acquired gift. After facing death threats from family members because of their sexuality, in a country where homosexuality can be a capital crime, the couple fled Iran to find safety in Toronto’s gay village earlier this spring. In 2007 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a group of Columbia University students that homosexuality does not exist in Iran.
As members of the Catholic Church continue to lambast gay couples and same-sex marriages, a progressive lawmaker on Wednesday urged the House Committee on Human Rights to investigate the killings and hate crimes against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender (LGBT).