Nigerian sodomy suspects freed - Rex Wockner International News #608 - 12/19/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Two Nigerian men charged with having sex were acquitted by an Islamic court in Katsina, Nigeria.
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Nigerian Sodomy Suspects Freed-Sunday Times-12/22/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
A Nigerian Islamic court has acquitted two men who had been accused of homosexuality, lifting the threat that they be stoned to death. The Judge told the court that the prosecution had not brought enough evidence to convict the pair on a capital charge and freed them after six months in jail.
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Nigeria: There is No HIV/AIDS Work & No Family Without Us 12/15/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
A declaration by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, men who have sex with men, and women who have sex with women in Africa directed to African governments.
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Struggling For Gay And Lesbian Rights Rights in Venezuela- Green Left Weekly 12/5/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Federico Fuentes & Kiraz Janicke-<br><br>Vaamonde explained that the state is not responsible for discrimination, "rather it is a cultural issue". Yet the state doesn't have "public policies that are against this culture and this is bad because it is avoiding reality ... gays and lesbians of this country continue to be assaulted, mistreated and in some cases assassinated and there is no system that guarantees our defence".
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Venezuela: RESPONSES TO INFORMATION REQUESTS (RIRs) VEN42331.E - Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Ottawa -Canada IRB 4/12/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
6 Sexual Orientation<br>
6.1 International Lesbian and Gay Association. 23 June 2000. World Legal Survey. "Venezuela."<br>
6.2 VEN42331.E. 2 March 2004. Situation and treatment of homosexuals; recourse available to those who have been victimized because of their sexual orientation (2002-2004)
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Africa: Gays Call on Govts. Not to Ignore Them-UN Integrated Regional Information Networks-12/08/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
allAfrica.com from the UN Integrated Regional Information Networks
Gay activists at an international conference on AIDS in Africa have called on governments to acknowledge the existence and specific needs of the gay community in the fight against HIV/AIDS."According to all the surveys done on the African continent, AIDS programmes for MSM [men who have sex with men] are inadequate or even non-existent," said a representative of Alliance Rights Nigeria (ARN),a Nigerian gay rights organisation.
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Amnesty International Report on Its Worldwide Campaign Against Torture/Excerpt on Peru-October, 2000 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
This report is one of a series of publications issued by Amnesty International as part of its worldwide campaign against torture.
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Barney Frank complains to Nigeria-Rex Wockner International News #630-5/22/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Gay U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., has written to Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo objecting to pending legislation that would, Frank said, "criminalize same-sex relationships and weddings, punish those who witness, aid or abet a same-sex marriage, and outlaw any clubs, organizations or meetings -- as well as any form of protest -- that support or advocate for the rights of lesbian and gay people.
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Cuba:Daughter:Raúl Castro supports gays in the military-Rex Wockner International News #708 11/19/07 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Castro Espín was asked about "gays in the military" in a Nov. 4
interview with the Buenos Aires daily newspaper Clarín.<br><br>
"I always say where there's humanity there's diversity, and in the
military world there are gays also, but, of course, they are careful
because it's a milieu that doesn't accept them," Castro Espín said. "It
is still considered that the conditions to make changes do not exist.
Well, my dad, the minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, says to
me: 'Look, I think that to the extent the population changes, the army
will change, because the population is in the army also. Go on working,
raising awareness, doing things, changing Cuban society, and you'll
change everything else, including our institutions.'"
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European parliamentarians criticize Russian patriarch- Rex Wockner International News #708 11/19/07 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Forty members of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly have
reprimanded Patriarch Alexy II, head of the Russian Orthodox Church and
Russia's senior religious leader.<br><br>
In an Oct. 1 address to the parliament, Alexy called homosexuality "an
illness [and] distortion of the human personality like kleptomania."
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Gay rights in Nigeria-Wikipedia-3/27/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Laws against gay sex; Protection based on sexual orientation; Recognition of same-sex couples; LGBT life in Nigeria; 5 Footnotes.
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Group of research and work in human rights and AIDS, in Uruguay- Aegis 7/12/02 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
ISSUE: Non Governmental Organisations and Labour Unions develop a net of research and advocacy of Human Rights and AIDS in Uruguay in order to revert habits, regulations, standards and laws that wound Human Rights.
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Mauritania: RESPONSES TO INFORMATION REQUESTS (RIRs)-MRT42278.FE-Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Ottawa- Canadian IRB 01/06/04 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Ottawa<br><br>
Several concurring sources published between 1999 and 2003 indicate that homosexuality is illegal in Mauritania (Independent 8 July 2003; AFP 5 Apr. 2000; ILGA 23 Apr. 1999; Afrol n.d.) and that the practice of homosexuality is punishable by death under the Penal Code (CNS News 19 Dec. 2003; Wockner News 24 Nov. 2003; Independent 8 July 2003; Mirror 21 Apr. 2003; AI 29 Mar. 2002; Contemporary Women's Issues Oct. 2000; ILGA 23 Apr. 1999).
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Nigeria Toughens Criminalization of Gay Marriage Bill-365Gay.Com-4/13/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
A proposed law that would impose a prison sentence on same-sex couples who marry has been toughened by the Nigerian Senate to include anyone who attends a gay wedding or is a member of any LGBT organization. The marriage ban was proposed by President Olusegun Obasanjo and is likely to pass easily, received first reading in the Senate this week.
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Nigeria: African Diaspora Organization Speaks Out-IGLHRC-5/15/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Criminalizing Homosexuality the Nigerian Way.
Nigeria is about to sex itself apart, yet again, in one of the most sweeping anti-gay laws in the world. While the pending civil law proposes a lighter sentence than the criminal law, its legal reach is breathtaking. Interestingly, homosexuality is already criminalized in Nigeria. Depending on whether the accused is Christian or Muslim, the penalty is either 14 years imprisonment or death by stoning. So, with such legal deterrents already in place, what is the purpose of the new Same-Sex Bill? Have the numbers of gays and lesbians seeking to marry or procure civil unions in Nigeria become so significant as to warrant a specific prohibition? In fact, the bill is about much more than protection the sanctity of marriage. The full title of the pending law is A BILL FOR AN ACT TO MAKE PROVISIONS FOR THE PROHIBITION OF SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PERSONS OF THE SAME SEX, CELEBRATION OF MARRIAGE BY THEM AND FOR OTHER MATTERS CONNECTED THEREWITH.
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Nigeria: Obasanjo Must Withdraw Bill to Criminalize Gay Rights-Human Rights Watch-3/23/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
As Nigerian President Olsuegun Obasnjo prepares t visit the United States, he should reaffirm his commitment to the human rights of all Nigerians and withdraw proposed legislation to introduce criminal penalties for same-sex relationships and marriage ceremonies, as well as for public advocacy or associations supporting the rights of lesbian and gay people.
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Nigeria: Situation of homosexuals and their treatment under sharia (August 2004-February 2005)UNHCR (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
This update of NGA42748.E of 14 July 2004 on the situation of homosexuals and their treatment under sharia reviews publicly accessible information from August 2004 and February 2005. Although new information on legislation could not be found, current reports on the enforcement of laws and state protection (Vanguard 28 Nov. 2004) and social attitudes were found among the sources consulted.
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Nigerian Humanists Fight for Country's Gay Community-African Veil-4/24/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
A leading Nigerian Humanist is courageously standing up for the country's gay community in the face of his government's vicious attack on gay rights. With the blessing of the Nigerian Anglican Church and its leader, Archbishop Peter Akinola, the government of Nigeria has tabled in parliament one of the world's most comprehensive and repressive anti-gay laws.
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Peru: Besos Contra La Homofobia: Naturaleza Diversa - 10/02/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Kisses Against Homophobia-gays reclaim their right to express affection in public and demand the cessation of municipal harassment.
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Sodomy Laws-Statute: Chapter 42, section 214/Sharia Law-4/13/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Chapter 42 of the criminal code, section 214, states that any person who "has carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature" or "permits a male person to have carnal knowledge of him or her against the order of nature is guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment for fourteen years." Introduction of Islamic Sharia law in some northern states has lead to death by stoning.
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