7515 documents found
South Sudan Anglican Church rejects tribalism and homosexuality - by Manyang Mayom, www.sudantribune.com, on 10/17/06: http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article18177 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"The Archbishop of Anglican Church of Sudan, in South Sudan Rt. Rev
most Archbishop Abraham Mayom Athiaan told the Sudan Tribune 'We, the
bishops together with our congregation of the Anglican church of the
Sudan (ACS) strongly condemn the practice of homosexuality, abortion
which is being practiced in Episcopal Church of Sudan (ECS)
(PDF - 142 Kb) Document Date: 17 Oct 2006 (Downloads: 98)
Sudan [Homosexuality and the Law] - by www.freedomsudan.webs.com on 06/30/10: http://freedomsudan.webs.com/aboutsudan.htm (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Under the 1991 Penal Code Article 148, anyone convicted for the third
time for anal sex, whether between two men or heterosexual couple, may
face the death penalty or life imprisonment. On the first conviction,
the individual may be punished with a hundred lashes and may also be
punished with up to five years? imprisonment. The second conviction
may incur a hundred lashes and up to five years' imprisonment.
Lesbianism is not explicitly mentioned in the current penal code."
(PDF - 158 Kb) Document Date: 30 Jun 2010 (Downloads: 131)
SUDAN: Angelina Lino: "I tell people I have HIV so they can know it's real" - by www.plusnews.org on 12/10/07: http://www.plusnews.org/HOVReport.aspx?ReportId=75788 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"'My people in South Sudan know very little about HIV/AIDS, its
transmission and prevention. Some associate it with witchcraft. That
is why I have gone public about my status, telling them "HIV is real".
'I visit hot spots like discos and bars, and talk to vulnerable
groups: prostitutes, soldiers, long-distance truckers, the "senke"
boys [motorcycle-taxi operators] and the youth. Some do not believe me
and tease, "A beautiful girl like you cannot be HIV-positive".
'Ignorance and stigma are a bitter reality. A brother-in-law of mine
refused to shake my hand or share utensils. My stepmother recently
threw me out, telling off my dad for wasting money on a 'girl who is
dying very soon anyway'."
(PDF - 173 Kb) Document Date: 10 Dec 2007 (Downloads: 96)
Sudan: Male to Male Relationships - by www.ilga.org on 03/26/09: http://ilga.org/ilga/en/countries/SUDAN/Law (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Section 148 Sodomy '(1) Any man who inserts his penis or its
equivalent into a woman's or a man's anus or permitted another man to
insert his penis or its equivalent in his anus is said to have
committed Sodomy. (2) (a) Whoever commits Sodomy shall be punished
with flogging one hundred lashes and he shall also be liable to five
years imprisonment. (b) If the offender is convicted for the second
time he shall be punished with flogging one hundred lashes and
imprisonment for a term which may not exceed five years. (c) If the
offender is convicted for the third time he shall be punished with
death or life imprisonment.'"
(PDF - 74 Kb) Document Date: 26 Mar 2009 (Downloads: 140)
Sudan: One of Africa's Taboos - by Sarah Wheeler, www.alertnet.org, on 10/21/09: http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/fromthefield/4/125614268020.htm (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Aboi is the humanitarian director of Mubadaroon a development
organisation, supported by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. He has
been working in development for over ten years. 'People are not coming
out about men who have sex with men. We are learning that older people
are infecting young boys. We want more information but most people are
illiterate so we need materials that they can use. We need to do
something specifically for men who have sex with men.' <br><br>
Sudan is not the only country in Africa where men who have sex with
men face stigma and discrimination. Across Africa homosexuality is
illegal but this approach is negatively affecting the approach to
tackling HIV in a continent that has the greatest burden of AIDS
anywhere in the world. Studies show increasing rates of HIV among men
who have sex with men - over 20% in some countries. In coastal Kenya
the HIV prevalence rate of men who have sex with men is as high as 43%
. The battle to stem the increase in HIV infections among this
population is failing."
(PDF - 59 Kb) Document Date: 21 Oct 2009 (Downloads: 87)
Transgenders in Lebanon: An Overview - by Editor, www.bekhoos.com, on 05/23/10: http://www.bekhsoos.com/web/2010/05/transgenders-in-lebanon-an-overview/ (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"In Lebanon, the only law that may criminalise a trans individual is
found in the Lebanese Penal Code, under 'Impersonation,' and
prosecutes 'any man dressing up as a woman to acquire access to
women-only places.' This of course only targets the MTF population,
and, as always, turns its usual blind eye to the 'second sex.' Police
officers usually consider MTF individuals homosexual men, and
prosecute them under Article 534 of the Penal Code. They are more
often than not subject to violence and harassment. <br><br>
Due to the lack of acceptance of trans individuals ? the
non-conformity of the appearance or the fact that a person who is
viewed as 'going against nature' is stigmatised ? exclusion from the
job market is the norm. This often leads most MTF to seek jobs in the
sex work market, at times by choice, but at others due to necessity
and lack of acceptance elsewhere. Families of trans individuals also
give them a very hard time, from locking them up, to forcing them into
marriages or other, to domestic violence, to disowning them, to
reporting them to the authorities, to 'honour crimes,' and the list
continues. The LGBT community also plays its role in transphobia,
ranging from a complete lack of acceptance to accepting them on their
own terms, meaning MTF individuals are viewed as feminine gay men, and
FTM individuals are viewed as butch lesbians. If an MTF is a lesbian,
or an FTM a gay man, they may be looked upon as plain 'weird' and
something incomprehensible. Heterosexual 'friends' also view them as a
threat of some kind for a myriad of reasons, and thus they are
excluded from that circle as well. 'Gay friendly' locations have also
often asked transpersons to leave the premises because their presence
may 'disturb the other frequenters of the place,' or may 'cause the
owner problems with the authorities.'"
(PDF - 182 Kb) Document Date: 23 May 2010 (Downloads: 141)
Angola: Constitution Rejects Homosexual Marriage-by: allAfrica.com, 04/08/10: http://allafrica.com/stories/printable/201004090616.html (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"In the light of the constitution, the family must be composed of men and women" the MP said as addressing a meeting with magistrates stressing the need to preserve the traditional family structure as the fundamental core of the Angolan state and society"
(PDF - 126 Kb) Document Date: 8 Apr 2010 (Downloads: 128)
Iran: New arrest of "Gang of Faggots in Shiraz" (July 15, 10)- by IRQR : http://www.irqr.net/English/254.htm (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"On Sunday July 11th 2010, a private party in a suburb called Podonak was raided. The police lead the raid, accompanied by the volunteer moral militia (Basij) and revolutionary guard (Sepah). Reports vary, but we understand that between 17 and 19 people have been arrested and taken to the local intelligent service?s detention centre on Modares Boulevard." <br><br>
"Their police files are labeled ?Gang of Faggots in Shiraz? and their homes have been raided and personal belongings confiscated by the police. They are to be tried today, in both the Revolutionary and the General Courts, Shiraz."
(PDF - 110 Kb) Document Date: 15 Jul 2010 (Downloads: 141)
El 85 por ciento de los guatemaltecos rechaza el matrimonio entre homosexuales, según una encuesta / 85 percent of Guatemalans reject marriage between homosexuals according to a poll - by EFE, www.google.com, on 07/04/10: http://www.google.com/hostednews/epa/article/ALeqM5grV_8ExMv70gmiZtfhlFlFPAzxvQ (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Del reducido 12% que dijo estar a favor de las bodas entre personas del mismo sexo, el 59% se manifestó en desacuerdo con que los homosexuales que contraigan matrimonio puedan adoptar niños." <br><br>
"La sociedad guatemalteca, altamente conservadora y religiosa, se ha manifestado contraría en diversas ocasiones a las iniciativas que sectores liberales han impulsado en el pasado para lograr la aprobación de los matrimonios entre homosexuales."<br><br>
"Of the small 12% which said that they are in favor of marriage between same sex couples, 59% expressed that they were in disagreement that homosexuals who marry should be able to adopt children."<br><br>
"The Guatemalan society, highly conservative and religious, has expressed on various occasions that they are against initiatives which liberal sectors have imposed in the past in order to achieve the approval of same sex marriage."
(PDF - 131 Kb) Document Date: 4 Jul 2010 (Downloads: 135)
Sri Lanka: "We are all human" says gay rights actvist - By Ranga Jayasuriya, digitallife.lk, 07/04/10: http://digitallife.lk/oopadoopainfo/wordpress/?p=12607 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Rossana Flamer-Caldera, Executive Director of Equal Ground, a non government organization, which campaigns for the rights of the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community says that the archaic law is being used by police and law enforcement agencies to harass, threaten and blackmail Sri Lankan LGBT people." <br><br> "How often are they being harassed? "Daily" - at their workplaces, at job interviews, on the road," says, Flamer-Caldera."
(PDF - 215 Kb) Document Date: 4 Jul 2010 (Downloads: 109)
Travestis, Transexuales y Transgénero le piden al gobierno que se les respeten sus derechos y se les concedan las oportunidades para ser personas normales en esta sociedad. /Transvestites, Transsexuals and Transgenders ask the government to respect their rights and to grant them the opportunities to be normal people in this society/ Monica Hernandez: by IVÁN PÉREZ, www.lapagina.com.sv, , 07/13/10: http://www.lapagina.com.sv/nacionales/35734/2010/07/13/Monica-Hernandez-Naci-hombre-y-la-sociedad-no-me-acepta-como-mujer (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Sin embargo, uno de los agentes con ONI 24452, le pide de nuevo que se baje para que le ?registren? su cartera, pero ella le responde que ya lo habían hecho.
?Aunque te vistas de mujer, seguís siendo hombre?, le respondió el mencionado agente. Posteriormente los policías llaman al 911 para efectuar la detención" <br><br> "Aunque después de varios alegatos fueron puestos en libertad, para Mónica esta es una señal peligrosa que refleja el desconocimiento de un decreto ejecutivo, con fecha cuatro de mayo de 2010, donde se reconocen los derechos de las personas con diversidad sexual."<br><br>
"Nevertheless, one of the agents with ONI 24452, once again asks that she come down to "register" her wallet, but she tells him that they have already done that.. "Even though you dress like a woman, you are still a man, the aforementioned agent responds to her. Lately the police call 911 to carry out the detention."<br><br>
"Even though after several pleas, they were set free, for Mónica this is a dangerous signal which reflects the ignorance of an executive decree, with the date of May 4, 2010, where the rights of people with sexual diversity are recognized."
(PDF - 307 Kb) Document Date: 13 Jul 2010 (Downloads: 130)
Zimbabwe: Zim first lady spews homophobic tired - Behind the Mask on 07/14/10: http://www.mask.org.za/zim-first-lady-spews-homophobic-tirade/ (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
Zimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe has joined the bandwagon of homophobic
leaders after she recently condemned homosexuality as 'taboo and satanic'.
Addressing a gathering in Mashonaland Central at a handover ceremony of
foodstuffs in an Orphanage at Madziwa Business Centre, the first lady, not to be
outdone by her husband, used the opportunity to divert people's
attention from the main purpose of the event.<br><br>
Commenting on the constitutional process
currently underway, the first lady urged villagers to
participate in the constitution process but was
quick to point out that they should not support
(PDF - 80 Kb) Document Date: 14 Jul 2010 (Downloads: 138)
An Iranian Lesbian Granted Protected Person Status in Canada. by IRQR on 07/13/10 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"The Iranian queer population suffers tremendously in Iran; they are faced with a variety of dangers on a daily basis. It is important to appreciate these dangers, because they are real and prevalent, from isolation to sanction to harassment to disciplining measures to imprisonment to torture and to the death penalty. These are people's mental and physical well beings that are on the line."
(PDF - 41 Kb) Document Date: 13 Jul 2010 (Downloads: 126)
Panama: ¿Pueden adoptar los homosexuales? / Can homosexuals adopt? - by ALBERTO DE LEÓN DE GRACIA. Laestrella.com.pa on 07/14/10: http://www.laestrella.com.pa/mensual/2010/07/13/contenido/257043.asp# (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Hoy, los llamados "Hombres y Mujeres Nuevos de Panamá" vuelven a ser noticia por sus denuncias sobre la supuesta violación de los derechos humanos de la panameña Ramona Liriano de Magallón, una mujer heterosexual casada legalmente, con hijos y nietos, a quien un tribunal de Niñez y Adolescencia le negó el derecho de adopción, "aduciendo que ser una mujer homosexual (lesbiana) constituye un riesgo social para el menor."<br><br>
"Today, the so-called "New Men and Women of Panamá" are again news for their accusations about the supposed violation of the human rights of the Panamanian Ramona Liriano de Magallón. a heterosexual legally married, with children and grandchildren, whom a Child and Adolescent Court denied the reight of adoption, "adducing that to be a homosexual woman (lesbian)constitutes a social risk for the minor."
(PDF - 43 Kb) Document Date: 14 Jul 2010 (Downloads: 114)
Algeria : Samir est libre / Samir is Free - ARDHIS, 05/29/09 : http://www.educationsansfrontieres.org/article20255.html (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
This document was translated in full by Etienne Kochoyan
Il risque ainsi d'être expulsé en Algérie à tout moment.
Pour Samir, c'est un coup de tonnerre. En Algérie, il risque une peine de prison de 2 ans pour homosexualité. La pression sociale homophobe y est cause de nombreuses agressions physiques, comment pourrait-il y retrouver une place dans la société? Sous ces pressions, sa famille restée en Algérie risque aussi de devoir le rejeter, auprès de qui trouvera-t-il du soutien? Samir doit rester en France, il en va de sa sécurité !
He can be deported in Algeria at any moment.
For Samir, this is a catastrophe. In Algeria, he could be condemned to 2 years of prison for homosexuality. Homophobia is the cause of many physical aggressions there. How could he find his place in the society? His family in Algeria might have to reject him, who is going to shelter him then? Samir must stay in France, this is essential for his safety.
(PDF - 102 Kb) Document Date: 29 May 2009 (Downloads: 150)
L'homosexualité est toujours un tabou en Afrique / Homosexuality is still taboo in Africa - By Antonio Garcia, RFI, 11/15/2006 : http://www.rfi.fr/actufr/articles/083/article_47511.asp (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
This document was translated in full by Etienne Kochoyan
Malgre l'approbation, mardi, par le Parlement sud-africain, d'une loi autorisant l'union civile de gays, l'homosexualité reste très largement taboue dans la plupart des pays d'Afrique subsaharienne comme dans le Maghreb. Les églises chrétiennes, ainsi que les dirigeants musulmans et les chefs traditionnels se déclarent toujours opposés aux relations sexuelles entre personnes du même genre. Les organisations humanitaires dénoncent les persécutions dont sont victimes les gays dans plusieurs pays du continent où les pratiques homosexuelles, même entre adultes consentants, sont jugées illégales.
In spite of the ratification by the South African Parliament on tuesday of a law authorizing the civil union of homosexuals, homosexuality is still a taboo in most sub-Saharan African countries and in the Maghreb. Christian churches, muslim and traditional leaders still express their opposition to homosexual relations. Humanitarian organizations denounce the persecution against the gays in several countries where homosexual practices even between consenting adults are deemed illegal.
(PDF - 167 Kb) Document Date: 15 Nov 2006 (Downloads: 84)
Tunisia : Free Ramzy / Libérez Ramzy - ARDHIS, 06/27/09 : http://www.inter-lgbt.org/spip.php?article952 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
This document was translated in full by Etienne Kochoyan
Les Amoureux au Ban Public, l'ARDHIS, l'Inter-LGBT et SOS Racisme dénoncent la situation inhumaine réservée à Ramzy1, ressortissant tunisien homosexuel, en instance d'expulsion forcée dans son pays d'origine, où il risque d'y subir des traitements inhumains et dégradants du fait de son orientation sexuelle.
Nous, associations signataires, demandons solennellement à M. Sarkozy, Président de la République, la remise en liberté immédiate de Ramzy ainsi que la régularisation de sa situation administrative.
Les Amoureux au Ban Public, l'ARDHIS, l'Inter-LGBT et SOS Racisme denounce the inhuman situation of Ramzy, gay tunisian about to be deported to his country of origin, where he is at risk of falling victim to degrading and cruel treatments on the grounds of his sexual orientation.
We, signatory associations, solemnly demand to M. Sarkozy, President of the French Republic, the immediate release of Ramzy and the regularization of his administrative situation.
(PDF - 96 Kb) Document Date: 27 Jun 2009 (Downloads: 146)
Tunisia : UN FRANCAIS RACONTE SON INCARCERATION POUR HOMOSEXUALITE / A FRENCHMAN TELLS THE STORY OF HIS INCARCERATION FOR HOMOSEXUALITY - Paul Parant, Tétu, 12/12/2005 : http://www.tetu.com/actualites/international/Un-Francais-raconte-son-incarceration-pour- homosexualite-9053 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
This document was translated in full by Etienne Kochoyan<br><br>
Après la brutalité de son arrestation, Bruno se dit "plus secoué" encore par les conditions de détention: "Nous étions 80 personnes dans une cellule de 55 mètres carrés. On se tassait à trois par matelas. Dans une cellule dite "des étrangers", j'étais le seul blanc et bien sûr, tout le monde savait que j'étais homosexuel. J'étais régulièrement agressé pour cela. Un détenu nigérian voulait me brûler, "comme dans [son] pays"
After the brutality of his arrest, Bruno is even more shocked by the conditions of his detention. "We were 80 in a 55 square meters cell. We were three on each mattress. In a cell for foreigners I was the only white and of course, everybody knew I was homosexual. I was regularly beaten for that. A nigerian inmate wanted to burn me, "like in (his) country"
(PDF - 116 Kb) Document Date: 12 Dec 2005 (Downloads: 130)
Russian LGBT film festival turned away - Rex Wockner International News # 846 on 07/12/10 (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"According to Side by Side, contracts with a hotel, a café and a club
vanished after the news reports apparently led to government pressure on
the businesses." <br><br>
"The city authorities preferring to silence any discussion on such matters
forces the question as to the real presence of ... values such as the
freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and freedom of association in
Russian society," Side by Side said. "The situation in Archangel is a
litmus test for exposing a diseased pseudo democratic society."
(PDF - 22 Kb) Document Date: 12 Jul 2010 (Downloads: 143)
Gays in Iran go to the gallows - Khomeini called for homosexuals to be exterminated as 'parasites and corruptors of the nation' who 'spread the stain of wickedness'- by Arhsram Parsi, http://viewpointonline.net/, on 07/09/10: http://viewpointonline.net/fullstory.php?t=Gays+in+Iran+go+to+gallows&f=full-4-july-9.php&y=2010&m=july (Sexual Minorities & HIV Status)
"Experiences in researching human rights violations in Iran suggests that in "morals" cases, stringent standards of evidence are likely to be flouted by the judiciary in the name of protecting cultural and religious standards. In Iran, four male witnesses who attest that a defendant is homosexual, simply on the basis of rumor or slander, are likely to find their testimony accepted in lieu of more rigorous cross-examination of their sworn statements. Iranian legal and judicial procedures ensure that a judge's prejudice against a particular defendant, even based solely on a defendant's appearance or demeanor, is allowed near-limitless scope to determine a verdict based purely on subjective opinion. Even under the reform government of President Mohammed Khatami, the Islamic judiciary remained one of the bulwarks of religious conservatism in Iran, a judicial and legal status which has been strengthened and reinforced under the hard line rule of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. "
(PDF - 545 Kb) Document Date: 9 Jul 2010 (Downloads: 135)