Rwanda Current Update HIV (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
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Rwanda Current Update SO (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
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Rwanda: About Rwanda - Behind the Mask-1/1/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
status of homosexuality: legal<br>
age of consent: 18<br>
laws covering homosexual activity: No specific regulations concerning homosexuality. Section 362 Penal Code prohibits sexual relations with a person under the age of 18 with a penalty of 2 months to 3 years' imprisonment or a fine of up to 10.000 F.Rw.<br>
background information and government attitudes:
The year 2004 marked the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, in which more than half a million Tutsi and moderate Hutu were slaughtered and Rwanda was devastated in just three months. Rwanda has since made enormous progress in bringing stability and development to the country. Nevertheless, the regime remains repressive, allowing very little space for independent voices. [Because] â?| in practice, power remains concentrated in the hands of a small inner-circle of military and civilian elites known as the akazu. Critical voices in civil society and the media have been silenced.
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Rwanda: Behind the Mask - 6/27/05 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Last Updated: June 27, 2005 <br>
By Jean-Luc <br>
June, 27, 2005: Johannesburg - It was a great opportunity to spend time with Eric, a gay man from Rwanda. I first met him in Johannesburg in early 2005. He told me that he is gay. He lives in Kigali, is married to a woman and has one child.
The information he offered about gay life in Rwanda covered a wide spectrum of topics ranging from gay life in Kigali, the constitution, and the concerns about HIV/AIDS.
"In my country there are a lot of gay people, but they have to live in hiding and they can't come out to embrace their sexual orientation, because they are afraid of rejection by their families, friends and the society. Being queer in my country is not an easy life.<br>
"People call you names and, until now, there is no NGO or organization that supports the rights of gays in Rwanda."
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Rwanda: Gay Rwanda News & Reports 2003-05- Global Gays-9/17/03 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
1 The tough life of being a transvestite in gay-hating Rwanda 9/03<br>
By Declan Walsh Nairobi <br>
At first glance, Tamara cuts the figure of a striking African woman. She is tall and slender with dark, ebony skin. Long black tresses fall to her shoulders, and a lipstick-coated cigarette dangles from fingers coated in violet nail varnish. Perched cross-legged on her seat, the 27-year-old flicks through a ragged copy of Hello! magazine and enthuses about clubbing, gossip and the merits of "strong men". But it is a deception. Under the made-up cheeks lies a pale shaving shadow. Her voice has a creaky, high pitch and there is a modest bulge in her jeans.
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Saudi Arabia Current Update SO (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
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Guatemala 3 HIV [95-99] (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
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NIcaragua CU SO (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
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Vietnam Current Update SO (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
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Letter to the members of the European Parliament for Mehmet Tarhan a Turkish Gay Activist- KAOS GL (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Below is the letter KaosGL, Lambda Istanbul and Rainbow Antalya issued ro the members of the European Parliament to draw attrention on the cae of Mehmet Tarhan who ia a conscienntious objector and a gay activists. Kaos GL, Lambda Istanbul and Rainbow Antalya are LGBT [Lesbian, gay, bisexual and Transgencer] organzations located in the citis of Ankara, Istanbul and Antalya respectively.
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Nicaragua Current Update SO (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
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Turkey 2 SO [95-2000] (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
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Turkey bans gay magazine, blocks parade- Rex Wocker International 8/14/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
The full press run of the summer issue of Turkey's only gay magazine,
Kaos GL, was confiscated by police July 24.<br>
Judge Tekman Savas Nemli of Ankara's 12th Justice Court approved the
seizure at the urging of the Public Prosecutor's Press Crimes
The authorities took action for the "protection of general morality."<br>
The summer issue of the 12-year-old magazine critically analyzed the
relationship between homosexuality and pornography and contained
articles by Ahmet Tulgar, Fatih Özgüven, Güner Kuban, Hasan Bülent Kahraman, Mehmet Bilal Dede and Meltem Arikan.<br>
"It is the first time that our magazine is banned on the same day it
delivered from the printing house even before it is distributed to
bookstores," editors said in a press release.
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Turkey Current Update SO (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
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Turkey: KAOS Magazine is banned! 8/4/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
[Press Release form Kaos GL Gay and Lesbian Cultural Research and Solidarity Association, Ankara, Turkey<br>
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Urgent! Another Turkish gay rights group risks closure in the city of Bursa- Kaos GL 5/24/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
The governor of Bursa has asked the courts to order the closure of a newly formed gay rights group int he city of Bursa.
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NC21216: Important perspective from INSIDE Iran - Rex Wokner 08/06/06 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
FROM THE EDITORS OF MAHA<br>
We note some differences of opinion in the international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movement about how to best support LGBT people in Iran. We would like to express our view, and we believe that a great number of our readers share our opinion.<br>
Iranian society has developed despite the oppression. The demand for democracy and human rights is growing in our country.<br>
We believe that the human rights of Iranian women, students, workers and LGBT people are not western phenomenon but aspects of universal human rights and are important for human freedom, dignity and fulfilment in Iran -- and everywhere.<br>
Despite all our difficulties and dangers, the Iranian LGBT community is getting more and more informed and is expressing its demand for human rights. We identify as LGBT people and want the same freedoms that LGBT people worldwide want.<br>
Let no one claim there is not homophobic oppression in Iran. Every LGBT Iranian is at potential risk of arrest, imprisonment, flogging and execution. Avoiding such a fate requires leading a double life and hiding one's sexuality. Even though there are secret gay parties and magazines, we are all at risk. Great discretion is the only thing that keeps many of us from the jails of the authorities -- and worse.
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Costa Rica 2 HIV [98-99] (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
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Costa Rica 2 SO [98-99] (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
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Costa Rica Current Update HIV (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
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