7515 documents found
Azerbaijan 2009 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices- US State Department- March 11, 2010: http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2009/eur/136020.htm (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
There were numerous incidents of police brutality against individuals based on sexual orientation. During the year there were no investigations into or punishments of those responsible for these acts, although this was largely due to victims' unwillingness to file claims due to fear of social stigma.
(PDF - 34 Kb) Document Date: 11 Mar 2010 (Downloads: 119)
Croatia 2009 Human Rights Report- US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, 03/11/10, http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2009/eur/136025.htm (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
There was some societal violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons. There are at least two active LGBT organizations.
Societal discrimination against persons with HIV/AIDS remained a problem. The Croatian Association for HIV (HUHIV) reported dentists and general practitioners at times refused to treat HIV-positive patients and some hospitals postponed surgery because doctors were reluctant to operate on them.
(PDF - 36 Kb) Document Date: 11 Mar 2010 (Downloads: 122)
Homophobia in Hungary- by: Alice Walton, The Yale Globalist, 05/11/09: http://tyglobalist.org/index.php/20090511205/Features/Homophobia-in-Hungary.html (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
The expected violence struck the parade as protesters penetrated the barriers, launching rocks, eggs, bottles, and Molotov cocktails over the fences at supporters. Twenty-five people, including 17 police officers, were injured in the fights that took place at the start of the parade, and 45 protesters were arrested. The scene was not unprecedented in Hungary, where right-wing activists are gaining ground as political groups blame the Hungarian Socialist Party, currently in power and seen as a holdover from the Soviet era, for economic woes.
(PDF - 102 Kb) Document Date: 11 May 2009 (Downloads: 149)
Hungarian Homophobic Party Launches Paramilitary Wing- by: PinkNews.co.uk, 08/26/07: http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-5273.html/ (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
The far-right Hungarian political party, Jobbik, known for their anti-Semitic, anti-Roma and homophobic rhetoric inducted the first members of its paramilitary wing outside the country's Presidential palace in Budapest yesterday.
(PDF - 79 Kb) Document Date: 26 Aug 2007 (Downloads: 126)
Hungary: Situation and treatment of homosexuals; legislation, state protection and support services- by: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, 09/18/09: http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/docid/4b20f03e2d.html (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Legislation concerning gay and lesbian people underwent significant positive development in the past decade, but a similar positive trend in public attitudes has not taken place. As the political and social visibility of the LGBT community grew, the attitudes towards homosexuality became more polarized: there is a growing number of people accepting homosexuality and supporting the recognition of the rights of gays and lesbians, but also a growing number of people with negative, often hostile attitudes towards them. (ibid.)
(PDF - 133 Kb) Document Date: 18 Sep 2009 (Downloads: 90)
KENYA: Religious outrage over minister's support of gay rights- by PlusNews.org, on 10/06/10 :http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=90685 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
NAIROBI, 6 October 2010 (PlusNews) - A Kenyan cabinet minister who called for greater acceptance of gays by society has been accused of promoting 'un-African' acts and asked to resign. <br><br>
Special Programmes Minister Esther Murugi recommended more tolerance towards men who have sex with men (MSM) at a national symposium on "most-at-risk populations" in the coastal city of Mombasa last week. <br><br> "She cannot say people who are engaging in crime and spoiling our children have rights," said Sheikh Mohamed Dor, a Member of Parliament and religious preacher. "We are waiting for when she will be fired from her post."
(PDF - 313 Kb) Document Date: 6 Oct 2010 (Downloads: 114)
Laws against homosexuality 'spreading HIV infections'- by:Jessica Green, Pink News, 07/21/10: http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2010/07/21/laws-against-homosexuality-spreading-hiv-infections/ (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Anti-gay laws in the Asia-Pacific region are causing higher rates of HIV infections, the UN has warned.
According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), such laws mean that gay men and trans people are less likely to seek medical help and be aware of how to prevent HIV transmission.
(PDF - 67 Kb) Document Date: 21 Jul 2010 (Downloads: 125)
The Violations of the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Persons in AZERBAIJAN- by: Gender and Development of Azerbaijan (G&D), International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association: Europe (ILGA Europe), and Global Rights, 07/31/09 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
For lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Azerbaijan, the protections guaranteed in the ICCPR are still too often absent. While great deals of current violations are due to non-state actors, the government of Azerbaijan tacitly permits violations like discrimination in employment and in enacting protections necessary to prevent abuses against the LGBT community.
(PDF - 318 Kb) Document Date: 31 Jul 2009 (Downloads: 82)
Sri Lanka: Rights of sexual minorities still locked in the closet - by Sutirtho Patranobis, www.hindustantimes.com, on 06/22/10: http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/restofasia/Rights-of-sexual-minorities-still-locked-in-the-closet/Article1-561520.aspx (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"The situation of gays and lesbians in Sri Lanka is similar to those in
India. Same gender sex is illegal -- Delhi High Court of course read
down and decriminalised homosexuality on July 2, 2009 -- but there's
hardly been a case where charges have been brought against them; the
law is more often used to harass and extort. The British bequeathed
the Lankan Penal Code in 1883 and Section 365 in it outlawed
homosexuality.What 'unnatural sex' is under section 377 of the Indian
Penal Code, 'gross indecency' is under the code here, punishable with
a maximum imprisonment of 12 years and a fine. In 1995, an amendment
made 365A gender neutral -- sex between women was made punishable.
Apparently, the government had moved to decriminalise homosexuality
but after groans of disapproval from the powerful Buddhist clergy,
women were roped in as well."
(PDF - 122 Kb) Document Date: 22 Jun 2010 (Downloads: 90)
Sri Lanka: Vagrant voices - by Marini Fernando, www.himalmag.com, on 03/31/08: http://www.himalmag.com/read.php?id=2138 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"As in many Southasian countries, sexual minorities in Sri Lanka
grapple with a harsh and discriminatory law that proscribes 'gross
indecency', a term that is never actually defined. Up until 1995, this
legislation applied to men only, but a movement to raise awareness on
the need to reform the law led to it being made gender neutral. Now,
women too come under the ambit of the law, and for the past 13 years,
consensual sex between two women in private has been criminalised.
In addition to being subject to sexual violence, the general stigma
associated with being lesbian and gay in Sri Lanka often leads members
of sexual minorities to emotional and mental trauma. Back in July
1999, the Women"s Support Group, an organisation that works in the
field of queer rights, announced its intention of holding a conference
for lesbians, and was soon met with fierce public opposition. One of
these protests came in the form of a letter to the editor of a local
newspaper, which went so far as to advocate the rape of women
attending the conference by a team of convicted rapists. The filing of
a complaint against the newspaper instead led to the Press Council of
Sri Lanka condemning lesbianism as 'sadistic and salacious'. Attitudes
towards sexual minorities have not changed much since then."
(PDF - 153 Kb) Document Date: 31 Mar 2008 (Downloads: 121)
UAE: Top court upholds prison sentence for cross-dresser - by Bassam Za'za', www.gulfnews.com, on 09/21/10: http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/crime/top-court-upholds-prison-sentence-for-cross-dresser-1.684943 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Dubai: A one-year prison term handed down to an Emirati student, aged
23, who was found guilty of cross-dressing and posing as a male
prostitute, became final yesterday after Dubai's highest court upheld
his sentence. The Dubai Cassation Court yesterday upheld the sentence
handed to Mohammad Nour Al Deen Hussain, nicknamed Hamdan British.
Hussain was found guilty of posing as a male prostitute, posting on
the internet indecent pictures of himself wearing bikinis, and
cross-dressing to seduce men."
(PDF - 78 Kb) Document Date: 21 Sep 2010 (Downloads: 114)
EU shows eastwest divide on homophobia : by LEIGH PHILLIPS, euobserver.com, 03/31/09: http://euobserver.com/9/27881 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Discrimination, bullying, harassment and attacks occur across the EU. Politicians in a number of
eastern member states seem to side with or turn a blind eye to perpetrators, while the ability of
victims to report crimes is undermined by lack of police training, leading to significant
underreporting, according to a 160-page report on the social aspects of homophobia from the
EU's Fundamental Rights Agency. <br><br> The attitudes of politicians vary widely as well, in particular in the case of the right to freedom of
assembly. Pride parades and human rights demonstrations have been obstructed in a number of
member states either by public authorities or by "counter-demonstrator" attacks. Such incidents
were reported in five member states (Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Poland and Romania). <br><br>
Meanwhile, across Europe, refugees seeking asylum from persecution in countries beyond the
EU because of their sexual orientation or gender identity are often not believed or simply
rejected, even if in the country from which they fled homosexuality is a crime.
(PDF - 95 Kb) Document Date: 30 Mar 2009 (Downloads: 99)
Amnesty International Denounces Torture-Senegal by Behind the Mask on 09/22/10 http://www.mask.org.za/amnesty-international-denounces-torture-senegal/ (Senegal)
A report published by Amnesty International
titled "Senegal Land of Impunity" and presented to the media on the 15
September 2010 in Dakar, Senegal, has denounced the use of torture to extract
"confessions" and convict alleged homosexuals. The report further condemns the
impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators of other serious human rights violations. In
the report Amnesty International reflects on the case of nine men, most of them,
members of AIDES Senegal, an organization that provides HIV/AIDS prevention
services to men who have sex with other men (MSM) whose accusations of
homosexuality and the trial were widely talked about in January 2009 in Dakar.
(PDF - 59 Kb) Document Date: 22 Sep 2010 (Downloads: 156)
Honduras: ENTREVISTA A J.P. (Activista LGTB hondureño) / Interview with J.P. [LGBT Honduras activist]- by http://www.dosmanzanas.com on 06/28/10: http://www.dosmanzanas.com/2010/06/entrevista-a-j-p-activista-lgtb-hondureno-%E2%80%9Ccon-manuel-zelaya-se-llego-a-hablar-de-matrimonio-entre-personas-del-mismo-sexo-y-se-reconocieron-muchos-derechos-de-nuestro-colectivo%E2%80%9D.html (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"A: La comunidad LGTB hondureña ha sido una de las castigadas con más saña por esta persecución contra activistas sociales. ¿Por qué motivo? <br><br>
JP: La historia se repite esta vez en Honduras, pero igual que en la Alemania Nazi y en otras naciones, a manos del Opus Dei, de los militares, se ensañan con el que consideran más débil, se ensañan porque pueden hacerlo y nadie les dice nada, nadie está en la cárcel por el horrible asesinato de mi pareja. ¿Y quién responderá por todos los asesinatos? En Honduras se matan gais gratis y libre de responsabilidad. Porfirio Lobo, Presidente de facto, llegó a decir: ?Que les baste con que los dejamos vivir en Honduras?."
(PDF - 102 Kb) Document Date: 1 Jun 2010 (Downloads: 114)
Isolated in Detention- Limited access to lega Counsel in Immigration Detention Facilities Jeopardizes a Fair Day in Court- National Immigrant Justice Center: www.immigrationjustice.org/isolatedindetention (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
(PDF - 3,670 Kb) Document Date: 15 Sep 2010 (Downloads: 119)
Nuevo asesinato de un activista LGTB y opositor al régimen de Honduras / New murder of an LGBT activist and oponent of the Honduras regim - by dosmanzanas.com on 09/28/10: http://www.dosmanzanas.com/2010/09/nuevo-asesinato-de-un-activista-lgtb-y-opositor-al-regimen-de-honduras.html (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Continúa la sangría en Honduras ante la pasividad internacional. Ahora le ha tocado el turno a Wilmer García Alvarado, joven activista LGTB y voluntario de la organización Foro Nacional de Juventud, que ha sido asesinado en el municipio de San Pedro Sula. <br><br> Desgraciadamente, y a pesar de su creciente reconocimiento, el Gobierno de Lobo no parece estar muy interesado en aclarar asesinatos como los de Walter Tróchez, que siguen impunes. <br><br>
A lo largo de las últimas semanas, en dosmanzanas nos habíamos hecho eco de nuevos episodios de violencia, como el asesinato de una mujer transexual también en San Pedro Sula o el de un testigo de un juicio contra un policía acusado del acuchillamiento de otra mujer transexual."
(PDF - 96 Kb) Document Date: 28 Sep 2010 (Downloads: 124)
Jamaica: J-FLAG and Human Rights Activists call for an end to violence against LGBT community- 09/24/10 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Despite calls for tolerance by our religious, political and social leaders, attacks against Jamaica's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender population continue unabated. The latest such attacks occurred this September when knife wielding thugs carried out 'corrective rapes' of two lesbians in separate incidents within days of each other. <br><br>
In response to these most recent attacks and the seeming inability or unwillingness of the nation's political leaders to curb them, the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) and its human rights allies held a 30 minutes silent 'Stand Up to Violence' in front of Emancipation Park on Friday, September 24, 2010 which began at 7:40am
(PDF - 69 Kb) Document Date: 24 Sep 2010 (Downloads: 118)
LESBIAN STUDY ON LIVED REALITIES OF SAME SEX WOMEN IN RWANDA - DONE ON 17TH MARCH 20TH MAY 2010, BY NAOME RUZINDANA (The founder Member and Director Hoca) (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
The Research was carried out in Gasabo district of the Central province of Rwanda. The
Focus was on Lived Realities of Open Lesbians living in Kigali. <br><br>
The study was therefore limited to only Kigali by Horizon Community Association
because it was an initiative to recognize the Problems faced by Lesbians after the several
attacks, arrests and arbitrary that has been in Rwanda since 2004 <br><br>
The study also focused on the specific activities of Hoca and how it has improved the
livelihood of its members in Gasabo. <br><br>
The study again highlighted the background of Rwanda as a nation and her culture, and
they perceive homosexuality right from the past Generation to date.
(PDF - 540 Kb) Document Date: 30 May 2010 (Downloads: 125)
Denuncian desplazamiento de población gay en Cartagena por amenazas contra su vida- Displacement of Gay Population in Cartagena due to Threats to Their Lives is Denounced- www.caracol.com.co | Septiembre 22 de 2010: http://www.caracol.com.co/nota.aspx?id=1361688 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Diez personas de la población LGBT en Cartagena han tenido que abandonar la ciudad en lo que va corrido de este año debido al acoso y las amenazas que han recibido en sus barrios por su condición sexual, de acuerdo con una denuncia de la Corporación Caribe Afirmativo. <br><br>
"Son además víctimas de agresiones verbales y físicas de parte de la Policía", aseguró el director de esta organización, Wilson Castañeda." <br><br> "En esta ciudad, según información de las autoridades locales, han sido asesinadas 8 personas de población LGBT desde el 2002."<br><br>
"Ten members of the LGBT population in Cartagena have had to leave the city so far this year due to the harassment and threats which they have received in their neighborhoods due to their sexual condition, according to an announcment from the Caribbean Affirmative Corporation."<br><br>
"They are also victims of verbal and physical aggression on the part of the police," affirmed the director of this organization, Wilson Castañeda.<br><br>
"In this city, according to information from the local authorities, 8 people from the LGBT population have been murdered since 2002."
(PDF - 288 Kb) Document Date: 22 Sep 2010 (Downloads: 127)
Ethiopia- Helping immigrants learn to talk openly about AIDS, by Chantal Anderson, the Seattle Times, 09/08/10: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2012834240_aidsimmigrant08.html (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
For African immigrants, who come from countries with high rates of HIV and AIDS, talking about their own diagnosis is often taboo.
Solomon Tsegaselassie, a health educator for the Center for Multicultural Health in Seattle, which pays people $20 to get HIV/AIDS tests, says many immigrants won't come to the office for testing.
(PDF - 88 Kb) Document Date: 8 Sep 2010 (Downloads: 90)