Polish president's homophobia outrages the Irish- By Tony Grew, www.pinknews.co.uk/ 02/21/07 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Remarks about homosexuality during a state visit to Ireland have caused more trouble for the controversial President of Poland.<br><br>During his presidential campaign, Mr Kaczynski said that he would continue to ban gay demonstrations, as "public promotion of homosexuality will not be allowed."
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Report "Situation of Bisexual and Homosexual Persons in Poland", 2005-2006/ ILGA 12/31/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Publication was financed by ILGA-Europe within the framework
of ILGA-Europe Human Rights Violations Documentation Funds and the
Network of East West-Women as part of the project ?Book and Journal?. <br>,br>Publisher
Campaign Against Homophobia and Lambda Warsaw
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Russia: Gays and Lesbians Push For Greater Rights, Especially in Provinces-RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY-04/5/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
The collapse of the Soviet Union relaxed many restrictions on alternative sexual practices in Russia, including the lifting of a ban on homosexuality. But Russian gays and lesbians still consider a distant dream the rights enjoyed by their counterparts in the West. Left for Russian gays remains particularly difficult in the provinces, where homosexuals say intolerance and discrimination is rife.<br><br>
Moscow's City Court yesterday upheld a ruling denying s same-sex couple the right to register their marriage in the Russian capital.
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South Korean army discharges gays-International News #618 by Rex Wockner (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
South Korea's army discharged eight people in 2005 after they came out as gay, the Korea Times reported Feb. 17. <br><br>
The force bans soldiers with abnormal sexual identities, the newspaper said.<br.<br>
Gay groups recently urged the military to try harder to protect gay conscripts from antigay abuse or to offer them an alternative form of military service.
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The witch-hunt against homosexuals in Poland grows in strength. - ILGA 06/22/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Politicians of the League of Polish Families and the Law and Justice Party, using ignorance and negative stereotypes about gays and lesbians in Polish society, manipulate fear to spread hatred. They are proposing to ban our organizations, to ?cure? and to isolate us. According to their demands, the society should not socially or morally tolerate us. The rhetoric of Mayor of Warsaw, Lech Kaczyñski, the Chairman of the League of Polish Families, Roman Giertych, and Member of the European Parliament, Wojciech Wierzejski, reminds us the rhetoric we all remember from totalitarian regimes.
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TURKEY, EUROPEAN UNION AND LGBT RIGHTSemail@example.com/04/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Turkey has always been somewhere between the West and the East. Its culture includes both Western and Eastern values. These values sometimes clash with each other. A striking example of this clash is the struggle for human rights by Turkish lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT). Providing solutions to the problems of the Turkish LGBT community will be one of the litmus tests for the future of the democracy in Turkey, as well as inclusion in the European Union.
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Uganda: Protect Sexual Rights Activists- Ensure Due Process for All Citizens- HRW 09/20/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
In violation of Ugandan law, the police held the activists, George ?Georgina? Oundo and ?Brenda? Kiiza for seven days, without bringing them before a judge or bringing charges against them. The two organizations called on Ugandan authorities to clear their police files and respect the basic freedoms of all Ugandans regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
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Ukranians protest homophobia-International News by Rex Wockner-12/23/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Gay activists in Ukraine marked the International Day Against Homophobia May 17 by releasing a huge balloon over Kiev's Independence Square decorated with the word "homophobia" blotted out by the international "no" symbol.<br><br>
They also picketed the International Academy of Personnel Management's Economic Juridical School, which expelled a student last fall allegedly for being gay.
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unete a Nicarague-glaad.org-12/6/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Shared in common act is posponed, from protest against the law of "sodomia" in Nicaragua AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL. ACTIVISTS LGBT WILL BE RECEIVED BY the NICARAGUAN AMBASSADOR IN MEXICO the Group 44 LGBT to them will maintain informed, like part of our campaign in AI>
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India: Gay rights: Govt buys time- timesofindia.indiatimes.com- 09/19/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
'Indian society strongly disapproves of homosexuality and disapproval is strong enough to justify it being treated as a criminal offence even where consenting adults indulge in it in private,' the Home Ministry had said in its affidavit. It added: 'Deletion of the Section can open the flood gates of delinquent behaviour and be misconstrued as providing unbridled licence for homosexual acts,' and maintained that the section was needed in the IPC to deter sexual abuse and related crimes.
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Mexico: Siete por ciento de las quejas recabadas por la CNDH por discriminación a VIH positivos, corresponde a elementos de las Fuerzas Armadas- Seven per cent of the complaints received by the Human Rights Commission [CNDH] due to discrimination of those with HIV attributed to members of the Armed Forces- by Mario Alberto Reyes, www.notiese.org/- 09/19/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
This article is about complaints which have been made to the HIV/AIDS Program Director of the National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH) regarding violations of the rights of people affected by HIV, 7% of which were perpetrated by the Armed Forces.<br><br> FULL ENGLISH TRANSLATION ENCLOSED: by the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant- Berkeley, CA
<br><br> México DF, septiembre 19 de 2008 (Mario Alberto Reyes/ NotieSe).- El director del Programa de VIH/sida de la Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos (CNDH) Ricardo Hernández Forcada, informó que desde 1992 ese organismo ha recibido 873 quejas relacionadas con violaciones a los derechos de personas afectadas por la epidemia, de las cuales siete por ciento corresponde a elementos de las Fuerzas Armadas.
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Nepal gives formal recognition to third gender- timesofindia.indiatimes.com/- 09/19/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
KATHMANDU: A 21-year-old lesbian has become the first person in Nepal to be officially recognised as a third gender person under the Maoist-led new government, a move being hailed as a landmark for sexual minorities in a country still dominated by a strong feudal society.<br><br>
Bishnu Adhikari, who was forced to leave her home in Pokhara town by outraged relatives and neighbours, on Wednesday became the first person in Nepal to be given an official identity card that described her sex as "third gender" instead of the usual male and female categories.<br><br>
She was issued an official ID that gave her gender as "Third".
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Uganda: Action Alert-Demand An End To Official Harassment of LGBT Activists- IGLHRC- 09/19/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
In what appears to be an all-out effort to silence the sexual rights movement in Uganda, police have again arrested high profile members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, this time two male-to-female transgender gay men - Georgina (aka) Oundo George and Brenda (aka Kiiza). According to Sexual Minorities of Uganda (SMUG), two men who identified themselves as police officers, but were not in the customary Ugandan Police uniform arrested both men at the home of Georgina on Wednesday September 10, 2008.<br><br>
Georgina and Brenda were held at Nabweru Police Post for a full week without access to lawyers or to bail. They were never brought before a judge, even though Article 3.9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) states that, "anyone arrested or detained on a criminal charge shall be brought promptly before a judge." Article 23 of the Ugandan Constitution requires that an arrested person must appear before a judge within 48 hours of arrest.<br><br>
Brenda and Georgina report being beaten, kicked and hit with batons around the legs and ankles during their detention as interrogators demanded that they provide information about the names and addresses of other LGBT activists. Brenda and Georgina were finally released on September 17, 2008, but have been required to report regularly to the police station. They have been accused of "spreading homosexuality," though no such crime exists under Ugandan law. "Carnal knowledge against the order of nature" is punishable by up to life imprisonment in Uganda.
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Gay immigrant, detained in Tacoma, gains reprieve- By Lornet Turnbull Seattle Times staff reporter- seattletimes.nwsource.com 09/17/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
A gay Jamaican man ? one of the longest-held detainees at the Northwest Detention Center ? has won a second chance to remain in the United States after a federal appeals court in a ruling this week pointed to a "pattern and practice of persecution" of gays in his Caribbean homeland.<br><br>
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered an immigration judge to reconsider the case of Damion Bromfield, who is seeking something akin to political asylum 15 years after he first came to the U.S. as a legal immigrant ? and more than a decade after he came out as gay.
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Gays & Sharia-in news by Patung-www.indonesiamatters.com-10/22/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
In 2004, the region of Palembang introduced a regional law that proscribes homosexuality as an act of prostitution that ?violates the norms of common decency, religion, and legal norms as they apply to societal rule?. That law says that included under the term ?act of prostitution? are ?homosexual sex, lesbians, sodomy, sexual harassment, and other indecent acts?.
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Kuwait: Arrests in Kuwait Target Transgender People- www.247gay.com- 01/26/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Authorities should immediately release more than a dozen persons jailed under Kuwait?s new dress-code law, Human Rights Watch said last week.<br><br>
The law, approved by the National Assembly on December 10, 2007, criminalizes people who ?imitate the appearance of the opposite sex.?
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Kuwait: Boys will be boys - or else- by #, www.guardian.co.uk 01/23/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
The Kuwaiti parliament has now taken this religious advice to heart: on December 10, it amended the penal code so that anyone "imitating the appearance of a member of the opposite sex" could be jailed for up to a year or fined up to 1,000 dinars (£1,790).<br><br>
Since then, at least 14 people have been arrested in Kuwait City and thrown into prison for the new offence, according to Human Rights Watch. Several were picked up at police checkpoints, one in a coffee shop and two more in a taxi.
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Kuwait: Landmark Victory for Transgenders- http://www.elaph.com/- 09/16/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Translation by Hossein Alizadeh
IGLHRC Communications Coordinator<br>Full orinal article enclosed<br><br>In his ruling, the Sheik made a distinction between transgenders and homosexuals and described the former as people with legitimate medical cases, unlike gays who violate religious laws and commit sodomy.
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Kuwait: The Sheik Denies Issuing any Transgender Fatwa-Arai Al-aam 09/17/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Trasnlation by Hossein Alizadeh
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission<br><br>Kuwait- September 17: The Kuwaiti Newspaper Arai Al-aam today
published a letter from Sheik Dr. Saad Alalimi, in which the religious
scholar denied he ever issued a Fatwa to allow gender reassignment for
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Protests Continue Against Iranian Executions by Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg-Washington Blade-08/19/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
International protests against the executions of two teenagers in Iran last month have continued, with demonstrators broadening their demands to include a worldwide ban on executing juveniles.
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