A CONFERENCE in Sydney last month heard from some of the Asia-Pacific region’s leading cultural theorists on how transqueer studies is helping break new ground on issues of sexuality, gender and transgender studies. >>>
Australia is becoming a nastier and meaner country under the Abbott Government, but queers are not the target. Indeed, while we lag behind most comparable countries in achieving same- sex marriage, the biggest abuses of human rights in Australia are clearly directed towards asylum seekers, where the government is determined to “protect our borders” at any cost. >>>
For those who might not be aware of it, the Malaysian government has been, for a quite a long time, conducting a serious effort is demonize and repress a minority group through a series of actions that are a fundamental breach of human rights, and which have some parallels with the early activities of the Nazis in Europe in the 1930s.
As a Nepalese transgender dancer in her twenties, Nazia Shilalik says her gender has cost her jobs, respect and soon, she believes, it will cost her a vote in upcoming elections.
Transgenders had high hopes six years ago when Nepal's Supreme Court approved third gender citizenship -- part of a judgment that ordered the government to enact laws to guarantee the rights of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
A long time activist at Dialogai in Geneva and “Jules and Julies” in Toulouse, Guillaume Mandicourt is now in charge of LGBT related affairs, a position the City of Geneva has created recently. His role sits not only in the middle of civil society and the Municipality, but also other national and international municipalities and state practices. >>>
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”. The documentary “The Time has Come”, produced by Arc international, was also shown to a very attentive audience. >>>
07/10/2013 | United Nations Liaison Officer
Tanvir Alim attended the 24th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva with the support of ILGA, where the UPR report of Bangladesh was formally adopted on the 20th September 2013. He was able to present an oral statement on behalf of ILGA and his organization. Previously, at the UPR interactive dialogue for Bangladesh on the 29th April 2013, ILGA was pleased to welcome his colleague Shakhawat Hossain Rajeeb.
Interview by Alessia Valenza >>>
Many people who claim asylum have never admitted their sexual orientation for fear of abuse, attacks or arrest. To survive, they learn to deny their sexuality – many are married. But after years of secrecy they are suddenly forced to “out” themselves very publicly. >>>
The UK Minister of Foreign Affairs William Hague launched the UK’s annual report on human rights and democracy this morning at Lancaster House.
The report is 388 pages long. It describes some of the activities and diplomatic positions taken by the Foreign Office in 2011 to advance human rights around the world. >>>
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans-sexual and Intersex community (LGBTI) believes that they are still treated as second-class citizens, despite Namibia gaining independence from the apartheid regime of South Africa more than 20 years ago. >>>