The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) is deeply concerned by the troubling information received during the last four months (October, November and December 2013 and January 2014) on disturbing levels of violence and brutal attacks perpetrated against LGBTI persons and organizations and/or individuals who defend their human rights in the Americas. The Commission urges OAS Member States to adopt urgent and effective measures to prevent and tackle this violence, especially when it affects LGBTI human rights defenders. >>>
Commemorating Freedom Day on 27 April, the Lesbian and Gay Equality Project (LGEP) will be hosting a “Freedom for all Rally” at the Eudy Simelane Memorial Park (Kwa – Thema), celebrating constitutional freedoms by remembering all victims of hate crimes and demanding full liberation in South Africa. >>>
Even as the Local clergy support the violence against gays in Mtwapa, Mombasa, Desmond Tutu, the Nobel laureate and archbishop emeritus of Cape Town, denounced violence against LGBT people in Africa in an op-ed in The Washington Post. He calls recent moves “terrible backward steps for human rights in Africa.” >>>
Anwar Basim Saleh, the 21-year old Iraqi gay activist from Baghdad, is at present in Holland, where he has applied for asylum.
Anwar, before leaving his country of origin, was the coordinator of a “safe house” for homosexuals working alongside the Iraqi LGBT organization. He was arrested in February 2009 by members of the Iraqi Interior Ministry (Badr Corps) for his role in the association. He was badly beaten up, tortured and he suffered a serious trauma after the long period of detention and the abuse he was subjected to. >>>
Within the “One Day One Struggle” campaign organized by the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR), held on November 9, we are seeking to break the “walls” of silence on daily violations of our sexual and bodily rights in the Palestinian society. We are principally highlighting the Israeli structural and legal violations of sexual, bodily, psychological, social and economic rights of Palestinians that intersect with the patriarchal social context, which restrain individual freedoms, perpetuates women’s inferior status and imposes silence on physical, psychological and sexual violations committed against women. >>>
CAMEROON – 06 November 2009: Cameroonian LGBTI activist and Deputy President of the Association pour la Défense de l’Homosexualité (ADEFHO), Sébastien Mandeng was allegedly a victim of homophobic slurs and discrimination in the hands of Douala police station officials on Saturday 31 October, following an altercation with a taxi driver >>>
South Africa was the first state worldwide that placed sexual orientation under the protection of constitutional law. The constitution grants gender equality, gender equity and democratic rights such as the immunity of every individual. >>>