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. >>>
Ging Cristobal, Project Coordinator for Asia at IGLHRC and Jonas Bagas, Director of TLF Share presented remarks based on the Philippines shadow report, Human Rights Violations on the Basis of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Homosexuality in the Philippines, endorsed by 40 human rights organizations, to the UN Human Rights Committee. >>>
The U.N. Human Rights Council recently passed a resolution on “traditional values of humankind” as a vehicle for “promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms.” It sounds innocuous, but its implications are ominous. Indeed, it is an immediate threat to the rights of many vulnerable groups – including women and lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) people. And it flies in the face of the founding principles of universality and indivisibility enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has told delegates at the opening of the 21st regular session of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva to put women’s rights and LGBT rights at the forefront of the UN’s human rights agenda.
The Asia-Pacific remains the only UN-defined region that does not adhere to its own human rights treaty or possess a region-wide mechanism for the promotion and protection of human rights. Thus, there was seemingly a lot riding on the backs of the ten ASEAN foreign ministers who gathered in New York on Thursday âon the sidelines of the UN General Assembly to review the second draft of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD). >>>
As the world marked the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia on Thursday, one sociologist pointed to recent situations as evidence that homophobia remains high in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslims country.
About 400 representatives of several non-governmental organisations and local residents gathered here today, asking the authorities to take stern action against Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan including stripping of her citizenship.
The refrain sounded by his aides is accurate: Barack Obama has done more for the cause of gay rights than any president before him. Nonetheless, gay-rights activists and organizations are on the president's case these days, pressing him for further steps on two fronts and suggesting that political timidity is holding him back. >>>
The southeastern Asian nation of Malaysia has banned television and radio programs programs that feature gay characters, an effort to curb the “influence” of the LGBT community, the country’s Information Department has confirmed.