Delhi Queer Pride brought rainbow colours, hope and promise to the people of the city and the country. People in bright rainbow colours came out in the streets singing and dancing, slogans about equality and diversity. The streets in the city were filled with colours, laughter and hope. >>>
15/11/2013 | United Nations Liaison Officer
On Thursday 19th September 2013 at the 24th session of the Human Rights Council, ILGA and FIDH held the panel “Human Rights Defenders: Voices and Challenges”. Tanvir Alim, from Boys of Bangladesh, shared with the audience the situation of LGBT people in his country. >>>
14/11/2013 | United Nations Liaison Officer
On Thursday 19th September 2013 at the 24th session of the Human Rights Council, ILGA and FIDH held the panel “Human Rights Defenders: Voices and Challenges”. F.M., from Alternatives Cameroun, shared with the audience the situation of LGBT people in his country. >>>
In the 24th Regular Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR), Bangladesh Government has rejected the recommendation to abolish Section 377 which criminalizes consensual same-sex relationship. The government already has an extensive HIV/AIDS program including men who have sex with men (MSM) and Hijras. Hence, this rejection indicates that the unwillingness to avoid acknowledging human rights violations of sexual and gender minorities. >>>
Today 20 of the world’s leading economies meet to discuss issues of global importance, the G20 summit is to take place in Russia which has found itself at the centre of an international storm of controversy over its law which bans the promotion of “non traditional” relationships. >>>
Bangladesh, being a dominant Muslim country with a very conservative attitude towards social digresses is possibly a pothole for members of LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender) community. It is safe to say that while the government acknowledges the fact that LGBT rights need to be protected, nothing worthwhile is/will be done about it because of the country’s ‘conservative’ attitude on such matters.
There remains strong opposition to the decision to permit Sri Lanka to host the CHOGM by some groups in the Commonwealth countries and even by the Canadian government. Some of the main criticisms they have leveled against the Sri Lankan government have been due to its poor post-war performance in terms of strengthening key institutions. Sri Lanka today ranks close to the bottom of several international indices, including those for human rights, media freedom and state failure. >>>
On the nights of 6 and 7 July 2013, twelve gay and transgender people were arrested along the east and southeast areas of the Mandalay moat and subjected to verbal, physical, and sexual abuse by police officials while being detained. Burma’s LGBT Rights Network strongly condemns these actions toward members of the LGBT community as unlawful, inequitable, and bigoted. They serve as evidence of the deeply ingrained strains of discrimination, prejudice, and stigma against LGBT that are endemic throughout Burma. >>>
Baer, deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Democracy Human Rights and Labor and a nominee for U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, said he subscribes to the Ghandi theory of change: "First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win." >>>
How the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Philippines is a paragon worth spotlighting as far as promoting equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community particularly in the Philippines is concerned.
Cyber-Homophobia or the practice of bullying members of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community on cyber-space and social networking sites is on the rise and organisations supporting the rights of this community face a stiff challenge in creating an inclusive environment on the web.
Announcing the release of a research paper published by the LGBT Representation and Rights initiative at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. "Out in Office: LGBT Legislators and LGBT Rights around the World" is based on "Representation and Rights: The Impact of LGBT Legislators in Comparative Perspective," American Political Science Review, Vol.107, No.2 (May 2013).
Vice Minister of Health, Mr. Nguyen Viet Tien, on behalf of his Ministry, has proposed to modify the Law on Marriage and Family, in which same-sex marriage is permitted because it is the right to live with the true self, the human rights. >>>
Twelve regional and family court judges from all over the Philippines learnt how to better protect the rights of LGBT citizens at a roundtable discussion sponsored by the US Department of Justice last week in Manila. During the one-day seminar titled Roundtable Discussion: Knowledge Sharing on the Protection of the Rights of the LGBT Sector, community activists and experts spoke about the human rights of sexual orientation and gender identity (sogi) minorities in the Philippines. >>>