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UN News - UN human rights office urges Uganda to scrap anti-homosexuality bill

UN News - UN human rights office urges Uganda to scrap anti-homosexuality bill | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

27 December 2013 – The United Nations human rights office today called on the President of Uganda to refrain from signing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law, and urged the country to ensure the protection of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people from violence and discrimination.

“LGBT individuals in Uganda are a vulnerable and marginalised minority, already facing violence and discrimination. If signed by the President, this new law would reinforce stigma and prejudice, and institutionalise discrimination,” said Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)....

 

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Tajikistan Remains ‘Hell for Gays’ · Global Voices

Tajikistan Remains ‘Hell for Gays’ · Global Voices | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A recent discussion in the blogosphere offers a rare glimpse into what it means to be gay in Tajikistan and how the country's people view members of the LGBT community.
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Gay man stoned to death in Nairobi slum

Gay man stoned to death in Nairobi slum | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Homosexuality is a taboo in Kenya, and same-sex acts are a crime punishable by the state by up to 14 years imprisonment.

However, the presence of gay rights activists in Kenya show some attitudes may be slowly changing. Since 2010, there have been events in Kenya celebrating the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

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Dan Choi On Trial For 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' White House Protest

Dan Choi On Trial For 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' White House Protest | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- A gay former Army lieutenant arrested for handcuffing himself to a White House fence during a protest is being treated differently because he is a prominent voice for gay rights, his lawyer said Monday.
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Nigeria Lawmakers Pass Anti-Gay Marriage Bill

Nigeria Lawmakers Pass Anti-Gay Marriage Bill | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Nigeria's House of Representatives voted Thursday to ban gay marriage and outlaw any groups actively supporting gay rights, endorsing a measure that also calls for 10-year prison sentences for any "public show" of affection by a same-sex couple.
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Israel Matzav: Iran executes 50 people in a week

Israel Matzav: Iran executes 50 people in a week | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The pace of executions in Iran has increased, with 50 people executed during one week in May and 71 in a month. ...

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Political Reasons Block US Asylum for Gay Saudi Diplomat

Political Reasons Block US Asylum for Gay Saudi Diplomat | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A gay Saudi diplomat has been denied US asylum in what observes believe is a political move.
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