NIJC April 2007 Newsletter (United States)
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NIJC's Updated Asylum Manual (United States)
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Court: Latvian pride ban was illegal -Rex Wockner International #678 4/23/07 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Latvia's Riga Regional Administrative Court ruled April 12 that the Riga
City Council's ban on last year's gay-pride parade was illegal.<br>
The council had cited safety concerns in prohibiting the march and was
backed up by the District Administrative Court.
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Jamaica: The Rasta view on homosexuality?-Wignall's World Mark Wignall 4/22/07 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
MW: But why must we always assume that male homosexual lovers are
necessarily involved in penetrative sex?
SR: How long could you 'hold out' with a beautiful woman for whom you
have passionate feelings? Confronted bluntly with the unhygienic aspects
of their behaviour, embarrassed defenders of homosexual 'rights' then
try to claim that their relationship need not involve sex. Clearly this
is an attempt to introduce a red herring. No reasonable person can deny
the possibility of deep friendship between persons of the same sex as in
the Biblical example of David and Jonathan.<br>
What is at issue is that the homosexuals descend from this threshold to
physical sexual relations and as a next step in their agenda insist that
not only must society tolerate their right to do whatever pleases them
in the privacy of their bedrooms but must also support them publicly.
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Moldova bans pride again- Rex Wocknet International #678 4/23/07 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
City officials in the Moldovan capital Chisinau have banned all public
gay pride activities for the third year in a row, saying such events
threaten public order, offend Christian values and promote sexual
The decision flouts a recent Supreme Court ruling which declared the
2006 ban illegal.
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Russia: Charges dropped against Moscow pride organizer- Rex Wokner International #678 4/23/07 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Police dropped all charges against chief Moscow gay pride organizer
Nikolai Alekseev on April 11.<br>
Alekseev was arrested last May 27 during the disastrous attempt to stage
the city's first public gay-pride events. He was charged with a "breach
of order in the organization or conduct of a gathering, meeting,
demonstration, march or picket" when he and other activists tried to lay
flowers at the Kremlin's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
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Honduras: Ahorcado de un puente con suéter hallan joven-Young man hung with a sweater from a bridge- 04/15/04 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Tremendo susto se llevaron peatones, la madrugada de ayer al hallar el cadáver de un homosexual...<br><br>
Pedestrians received a great scare yesterday morning upon finding the body of a homosexual.
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Honduras: Comunidad homosexual pide no ser discriminada y respeto a sus derechos-Homosexual community asks to not be discriminated against and a respect for their rights - 06/04/01 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Un alto a la discriniacion y la exigencia de una personeria juridica demando ayer la comunidad homosexual en el primer desfile gay realizado ayer en esta ciudad.<br><br>
An end to discrimination and the demand for legal status were demanded yesterday by the homosexual community in the first gay pride parade which took place in this city.
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Honduras: Educación sexual, tema espinoso en colegios -Sex education, thorny subject in schools- 03/14/03 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
El funcionario agrega que el enfoque de la temática no es el adecuad y que por lo tanto queda prohibido su uso...<br><br>
The government official added that the focus of the subject matter is not appropriate and therefore its use remains prohibited.........
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Honduras: Gays y lesbianas demandan que cese la discriminación en su contra-Gays and lesbians demand that discrimination against them cease - 6/04/01 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Un alto a los asesinatos de los travestís...<br><br>
An end to the assassinations of transvestites, an end to discrimination and respect of human rights demanded hundreds of gays and lesbians who participated in the First Parade of Gay Pride at a national level which took place yesterday in this city under the coordination of the Gay Sampedrana Community and with the participation of groups from Central America and the USA.
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Honduras: Homosexuales son topados a balazos por un hombre -Homosexuals Encounter Gunshots from a Man- 03/25/00 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Un hombre, que había sido asaltado por un homosexual, la emprendió a tiros anteanoche contra éste y varios de sus compañeros que pretendían atacarlo, luego que le reclamara lo del robo.<br><br>
A man, who had been assaulted by a homosexual, last night reacted by shooting the gay man and various of his friends who tried to attack him, after trying to reclaim what they had taken from him.
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Honduras: Lesbianas y homosexuales en plena batalla... legal-Lesbians and homosexuals in open battle......legal - 03/12/03 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
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Honduras: Mi madre me arrastró a trabajar a los 14 años- My mother forced me to work at the age of 14 - 03/19/03 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Desde los 14 años, como resultado de las reiteradas violaciones de su padrasto, fue arrastrada a la prostitución por su propia madre.<br><br>
From the age of 14, as a result of being repeatedly raped by her step-father, she was forced into prostitution by her own mother
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2007/04/17 "if you're gay in Jamaica you'r dead" Gay.com (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Amnesty International has publicly condemned recent episodes of violence against persons who are perceived to be gay in Jamaica. The organisation is particularly concerned by reports of mob violence against persons perceived as homosexuals who are targeted because of their appearance or behaviour, which seems to be increasing in frequency. <br> <br>
In compliance with its international obligations stated in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and in the American Convention on Human Rights, Jamaican authorities should send a clear message to society that discrimination against sexual minorities will not be tolerated and that violent episodes will be fully prosecuted. Such assaults are both human rights violations and a threat to the rule of law in Jamaica.<br> <br>
Amnesty International urges the Jamaican government to work closely with human rights defenders and with groups representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Jamaica to find solutions to prevent these episodes from occurring again.
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Indonesia: HIV/AIDS prevention tough in a secret gay city- 4/19/07 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Prodita Sabarini, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta<br><br>
Rather than having to tell their families and facing the social stigma of being gay and having HIV, they choose to be oblivious and ignore the problem," Yakub said.<br>
In Indonesia, to be out and gay remains a taboo. Gay community members are straightforward about their sexual orientation among themselves. However, facing the social pressure of Indonesia's heterosexist society, they hide their sexual orientation when returning to the mainstream. Most significantly, they also hide their sexual orientation from their families.<br>
Yakub said most of the middle-aged men inside the movie theater lead double lives.
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Iraq struggles to stop persecution of gays- Deb Price 4/16/07 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Militias warn Iraqi families they will be murdered if they don't hand over or kill their gay relatives.<br>
An Iraqi family pays ransom for the return of a gay man, only to learn later that his mutilated body has been found.<br>
An Iraqi father is released without being tried for hanging his gay son to defend the family's "honor."<br>
Secretive religious "courts" try, sentence and execute gays.
In Baghdad, a store owner and four barbers are kidnapped or vanish because of their sexual orientation.
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Jamaica:'Leave'gays'alone!'-Church,human rights groups,politicians call for end to beatings-4/17/07 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Jamaica Gleaner News<br>
"Our people must be told that the law must have its course and until, if and when (and I pray that it will never be that the law is changed), then we have to abide and play by the rules," said Bishop Blair. "I heard of a case last week where a member of a family went to visit someone and, in visiting the person, was labelled to be homosexual and was thoroughly thrashed. It (did not come out) that the person was not a homosexual until he sought help of members of the security forces, who said they literally had nothing to do with homosexuals," said the Bishop.
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Jamaican police quell anti-gay riot at funeral- Rex Wokner International #677 4/16/07 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Police in Mandeville, Jamaica, had to restore order at the funeral of
businessman Kirk Wayne Lester on April 8 after some mourners smashed
windows and threw rocks and bottles at crossdressers in attendance at
the True Vine Fellowship Church.<br>
On Feb. 14, a mob surrounded a pharmacy in Kingston and demanded that
four gay men inside come out and face punishment for being homosexuals.
The crowd formed after another shopper took exception to the men's
presence and began screaming that "battymen," or faggots, must be
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Surinam: US Country Report 2006 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Although the law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, there were reports that homosexuals continued to suffer from employment discrimination. Persons with HIV/AIDS continued to experience societal discrimination in employment and medical services.
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Afghanistan: US Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - 2006 3/6/07 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
The law criminalizes homosexual activity; however, the prohibition was only sporadically enforced. However, a recent UNHCR report noted that, homosexual persons commonly hid their sexual orientation. Many observers believed that societal disapproval of homosexuality was partly the cause for the prevalence of rape of young boys. During the year the Taliban published a new set of rules that explicitly forbade the recruitment of young boys for sexual pleasure.
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