Changing Attitude Ireland active in equal marriage campaign

The combined votes of the Democratic Unionist party and Ulster Unionist party in the Stormont Assembly helped defeat a Sinn Féin motion to create marriage equality for gay couples in Northern Ireland backed by the SDLP, Alliance and the Green party yesterday. The defeat of the proposed bill is likely to be challenged in both […]

South Africa an unsafe haven for gay and trans refugees

Gay refugees in South Africa 400w” sizes=”(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px” />With South Africa facing a flood of gay and trans refugees, a creaking asylum system is exposing them to corruption, homophobia and the risk of attack A little over a week ago, Rachel, a 28 year-old asylum seeker from Uganda had her room in a home in a township […]

Zimbabwe’s president dismisses gay rights

Robert Mugabe×397.jpg 605w, 628w” sizes=”(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px” />Zimbabwe’s president said on Thursday that homosexuality doesn’t belong in Zimbabwe and it violates women’s rights by denying the union of men and women needed to bear children.  Robert Mugabe, 88, speaking at a women’s HIV/Aids and gender rights conference in Harare, said the “gay world” goes […]

Nepal’s Third Gender and the Recognition of Gender Identity

3rd gender Nepal 480w” sizes=”(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px” />On December 27, 2007, the Supreme Court of Nepal issued a decision that has been called “arguably the single most comprehensive judgment affirming protections for gender identity anywhere in the world.” The decision in Pant v. Nepal was overwhelmingly in favor of the petitioners, a group of local lesbian, […]

UK Diplomat and Amnesty International react to Nigerian bill

UK Diplomat says Nigerian gay punishment will not be condoned The British High Commissioner to Nigeria in Dutse, Jigawa state, has said that western countries will not tolerate Nigeria punishing gay people because of their sexual orientation. “It is wrong to punish people for mere expression of their relationships or for choosing to become what […]

Cameroon may toughen laws criminalising homosexuality

The Cameroonian government is preparing to reform its criminal code and may toughen laws criminalising homosexuality according to Alice Nkom, head of the Association pour la Défense de l’Homosexualité (ADEFHO). The age of consent for heterosexual couples in Cameroon is 16. The proposed laws would punish homosexual couples between the ages of 16 and 21 […]

Ugandan Kasha Jacqueline speaks on the Ground Breaking Struggle for LGBTI Human Rights

Kasha Jacqueline gave a moving speech on Sunday 14 August at Amnesty International’s International Council Meeting (ICM) in the Netherlands. The following Wednesday she was denied a visa to speak in the United Kingdom. Kasha Jacqueline was awarded the 2011 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders. The Chairman of the Jury of the MEA, […]