Gay Nigerians face Sharia death- BBC News 8/10/07: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/6940061.stm (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Eighteen men have been remanded in prison following their arrest for alleged sodomy in northern Nigeria, the state-owned news agency, Nan, reports.<br><br>
The men were arrested in a hotel in north-eastern Bauchi State, which is governed by the Islamic Sharia law.<br><br>
The Sharia punishment for sodomy is death by stoning.
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Homosexuality growing AIDS risk in Bangladesh-1-www.groundreport.com 2/4/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Homosexuality growing HIV/AIDS risk in Bangladesh. Estimated more than 10 million gay and lesbian are living in Bangladesh. Everyday more and more people are joining with homosexual activities. However, all advocacy and campaigns of government ignore this type risk.
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LGBT rights in Bangladesh- Wikipedia.org last updated 10/13/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Constitutinal & Criminal Code<br><br>
The Constitution has several provisions that could apply to LGBT citizens ;<br>
* Part I Article 2A - Islam is the official state religion.<br>
* Part II Article 19 - Promises equal opportunity for all citizens.<br>
* Part III Article 27- Promises equality before the law for all citizens.<br>
* Freedom of religion and the press are both promised, but subject to restrictions based on "decency or morality".<br>
* A citizen is not eligible to be a member of Parliament if they are convicted of a "criminal offence involving moral turpitude."<br><br>
According to Article 377 homosexual sex acts are illegal and will be punished with deportation, fines and/or up to 10 years, sometimes life imprisonment. . This legal prohibition extends to any sort of LGBT-rights political advovacy.<br><br>
The national law itself is rarely directly enforced, there have been reports of incidents of vigilantism against people suspected of homosexuality being sentenced to death by a local fatwa 
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Nigeria: Same-Sex Wedding or Birthday Party?-allafrica.com/ by Mustapha Shehu 8/21/07 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
This case has already generated intense interest among some human rights organisations in the country. me are apprehensive that the suspects, if convicted would be stoned to death. Mr. Yakubu Haruna, a Bauchi based legal practitioner, however, told THISDAY that the charges brought against the suspects are clear, and if a case is made against them, the penalty is also clear.<br><br>
Quoting from the Bauchi State Shari'ah Penal Code 2001, Haruna said "section 372 (2E) on which the charges were based, defines a 'vagabond', in relation with this case, as any male person who dresses or is attired in the fashion of a woman in a public place or who practices sodomy as a means of livelihood or as a profession.
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Nigeria: Suspected Gays Stoned - AllAfrica.com, by Mustapha Shehu 8/22/07 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Youth suspected to be gay, arrested a fortnight ago and arraigned before the Tudun Alkali Area Court in Bauchi, were yesterday stoned as they filed to enter the Black Maria that was to convey them back to prison.<br><br>
The case, which was heard yesterday, attracted a large crowd of observers and journalists from foreign and local media, amidst heavy security provided by a joint team of the police and prison warders.<br><br>
The high interest shown in the case might be due to insinuations that they may be executed if convicted.<br><br>
Section 372 of the Bauchi Shari'a Penal Code Law 2001, under which they were charged, stipulates a maximum penalty of one year prison sentence and 30 lashes on conviction.
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Nigerian Gays Charged With Sodomy, Could Face Death Penalty-By Gilbert da Costa, www.voanews.com/ 8/10/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
An Islamic Sharia court in northern Nigeria has ordered 18 men to be kept in prison pending their trial for alleged sodomy. For VOA, Gilbert da Costa reports that the men were arrested for allegedly hosting a gay marriage in a predominantly Muslim city.<br><br>
The 18 men could face the death penalty if convicted. They were arrested in a hotel in Bauchi, were said to be wearing female clothing and had gathered to celebrate a gay marriage.<br><br>
Local officials say the men's action contravened Islamic law, which governs Bauchi state in Muslim-dominated northern Nigeria.
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The 1995 Constitution of Uganda and Sexual Minorities-smug.4t.com 12/31/95 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
This article aims at clarifying on the position of sexual minorities in the 1995 Constitution of Uganda.<br><br>
This however came after an observance of the gross human rights abuses suffered by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people in Uganda. Although the constitution talks about minority rights, little has been done to protect the rights of LGBT people in Uganda.
The article concludes that LGBT people should be included among the people to enjoy minority rights as laid down in the Ugandan Constitution.
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Uganda: CRISES ACROSS AFRICA: Gays Under Government Attack in Nigeria, Cameroon, Uganda-8/23/07 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
www.zcommunications<br><br> Nigeria:<br>"Now," Johnson continued, "My fear is that these arrests and the way they are being framed by the Nigerian media -- Â as 'sodomy' that occurred at a 'gay wedding' at the hotel when neither happened -- is being used to prepare the field for the re-introduction of the bill."<br><br>
"The police, who used a mixture of coercion, torture, and promises of liberty, forced the adolescents to admit their homosexuality and sign a transcript of that admission -- Â but also to reveal the identity of the six other gay teenagers, who were then arrested," said Mandeng's report. "The police ambushed those who'd been named -- they called the six boys and got them to come to a rendezvous, and when they showed up they were arrested."<br><br>
Roubros' Daily Monitor article on the SMUG press conference reported that participants said "police have repeatedly demanded sexual favors or personal bribes in exchange for release from custody. 'This is not protecting Ugandans, said a man wearing a mask and a name card with the alias 'Douglas.' 'This is not protecting Ugandans, it is threatening people for profit. This is certainly not within the law,' exclaimed Douglas."
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UK-Country of origin information report Bangladesh June 2007 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
23. LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER PERSONS<br><br>
SOCIETAL ILL-TREATMENT OR DISCRIMINATION
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2/4/08- Arrests for Senegal 'gay wedding'- BBCNews.com (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Police in Senegal have arrested several men following the publication of pictures claiming to depict a wedding ceremony between two men.<br><br>
The pictures were published in Icone magazine, whose editor, Mansour Dieng, has since received death threats.
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Amnesty Adopts Jailed Cameroon Gays-Rex Wockner-International News#621-03/20/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Amnesty International USA said March 8 that it considers eight men and a 17-year-old boy to be prisoners of conscience. The organization mobilzed its members to petition for the detainees's release.
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Apoyará CDHDF cambios de identidad a homosexuales-The Human Rights Commission of the Federal District will support identity changes to homosexuals- www.eluniversal.com.mx by Claudia Bolaños 2/5/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
It has been seen that situations of abuse and mistreatment against gays and others who have changed their sex have been found , and they are seen as affected because they can't modify their legal situation, and therefore remain in a discriminatory situation. <br><br> Mencionó que han contactado situaciones de abuso y maltrato contra gays y otras que han cambiado de sexo pero que se ven afectados porque no pueden modificar su situación jurídica, con lo cual quedan en una situación de discriminación.<br><br>
?Desde la óptica de los derechos es absolutamente entendible y necesario acompañar el cambio de identidad sexual, y otra vez no se trata de obligar a nadie, no se trata de amenazar a nadie, sencillamente se trata de garantizar en mejores términos la construcción de una diversidad sexual?, mencionó.
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Homosexuals Face Persecution In United Arab Emirates-Christina Ficara-All Headline News- 11/28/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Dubai, United Arab Emirates-More than two dozen gay Arab men are facing government ordered hormone treatments, five years in jail and a lashing after being arrested at what police call a mass homosexual wedding.
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Human Rights Watch Criticizes Dutch Asylum Threat-Rex Wockner-International News #621-03/20/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
A threat by Dutch Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk to end a moratorium on deporting gay asylum-seekers back to Iran rested on a misunderstanding of Iranian law, Human Rights Watch says.
The deportation ban was implemented last year after reports of executions in Iran for homosexual conduct. But in a recent letter to Parliament, Verdonk stated: "It appears that there are no cases of an execution on the basis of the sole fact that someone is homosexual....For homosexual men and women it is not totally impossible to function in society."
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India: Police bust 'gay' party- The Times of India 2/1/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
THANE: The Thane police on Saturday night raided a party at a farmhouse in the Yeoor Hills following a tip that it had been organised through a website for homosexuals.<br><br>
A team, led by deputy police commissioner Bhujangrao Shinde, raided the Agrawal bungalow at Yeoor and detained six persons, including the main organiser, Sahil Bhoricha (24). Liquor bottles and condoms were seized from the bungalow. Entry to Yeoor Hills was restricted during the operation.<br><br>
Ashok Row Kavi of Humsafar Trust, a gay rights group, condemned the action as unfair, given that all the men detained were adults and were not found violating any law. A magistrate denied the police custody of those arrested.
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Moldova gay bashing victim granted EU asylum after police brutality- www.tiraspoltimes.com 2/2/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
GLASGOW (Tiraspol Times) - A British judge has documented evidence of police beatings and general prejudice against gays in Moldova, and has ruled that it is unsafe for a Moldovan gay bashing victim to return to his native country. According to the court, being homosexual today in Moldova is in some cases life-threatening due to assaults carried out against homosexuals by Moldovan law enforcement.<br><br>
In a written ruling, judge Colin MacAulay QC allowed a Moldovan asylum seeker to stay in Great Britain because to return to Moldova would put his life in danger for being gay.
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Scandal over gay marriage rocks Senegal-Kenya Today By HAMADOU TIDIANE SY, NATION Correspondent 2/5/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Police in Senegal have arrested at least seven people allegedly involved in the celebration of a gay marriage in a restaurant in the outskirts of Dakar, raising again debate about morality and individual freedom in a country caught between conservatism and the desire to project a tolerant image.<br><br>
The identities of the people, who are under police custody but not charged yet, were not revealed except for one Pape Mbaye who is unknown to the public but whose name has been given by one newspaper with no further details about his profile.<br><br>
The arrest took place on Sunday following the publication by a glossy magazine of pictures allegedly taken during the celebration of the alleged same sex marriage.
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Senegal gay arrest condemned- Afrol News 2/5/08 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
afrol News, 5 February - Gay rights organisations - the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and Pan-Africa ILGA - condemned the arrest and detention of more than a dozen gay suspects in the Senegalese capital Dakar at the weekend, demanding the "immediate and unconditional release" of the men.<br><br>
In a letter to the Senegalese Minister of Justice, the organisations expressed outrage and
concern over the issue.
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State Department Involvement in Condemning UAE Anti-Gay Arrests A Welcome Step-Human Right Campaign-11/29/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Washington -- The Human Rights Campaign praised the State Department for releasing a written statement condemning the United Arab Emirates arrest of two dozen individuals at a purported gay wedding and threats of forced psychological and hormonal treatment, according to news reports.
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UAE Ministry Denies Reports of Hormone Treatments for 'Gay Wedding' Suspects-GulfNews.Com-11/30/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Abu Dhabi: The ministry of Interior has categorically denied reports appearing in a section of the media that 26 individuals who were held at an alleged gay wedding have been subjected to hormonal or any other treatments.
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