Tag Archive | anti-gay law

Malaysia: Man wins challenge against anti-gay ban

Malaysia: Man wins challenge against anti-gay ban

A Malaysian man on Thursday won a landmark court challenge against an Islamic ban on sex ‘against the order of nature’, raising hopes for greater acceptance of gay rights in the mostly Muslim country. The Muslim man, in his 30s – whose name has been withheld by his lawyer to protect his privacy – filed the […]

Opinion: Jamaica’s anti-gay ban fuels homophobic violence

Opinion: Jamaica’s anti-gay ban fuels homophobic violence

“Them fe dead long time.” When a gay man or transgender woman is killed in Jamaica, a police officer or other law official will utter those words in patois. The phase translates as: “Someone should’ve killed them a long time ago.” As a gay Jamaican and an LGBT+ activist, I’ve seen at close range how […]

Bhutan: Parliament decriminalises homosexuality

Bhutan: Parliament decriminalises homosexuality

(Reuters) – A joint sitting of both houses of Bhutan’s parliament approved a bill on Thursday to legalise [homosexuality] making the tiny Himalayan kingdom the latest Asian nation to take steps towards easing restrictions on same-sex relationships. Sections 213 and 214 of the penal code had criminalised [homosexuality].

Singapore: Doctor in new bid to end anti-gay ban

Singapore: Doctor in new bid to end anti-gay ban

A retired doctor has filed a fresh legal challenge to force the Singaporean government to either fully enforce or introduce legislation to scrap a colonial-era [anti-gay law]. Tan Seng Kee, 62, a prominent LGBT+ advocate better known as Roy Tan, launched his legal bid in Singapore’s High Court this week, to target a section of the […]

Nigeria: 47 men – judge throws out anti-LGBT case

Nigeria: 47 men – judge throws out anti-LGBT case

(Reuters) – A judge in a Nigerian court on Tuesday threw out a case against 47 men charged with public displays of affection with members of same sex, ending what had widely been seen as a test of the country’s laws banning homosexual relationships. The Nigerian law banning gay marriage, punishable by up to 14 […]

Sudan removes death penalty in anti-gay law

Sudan removes death penalty in anti-gay law

Sudan’s decision to lift the death penalty and flogging as punishment for [homosexuality] was hailed by LGBT+ activists on Thursday as a promising sign, after almost four decades of Islamist rule, with calls for prison sentences to be abolished as well. Others criticised the relaxation of the law in conservative Sudan, where a transitional government […]

Malaysian wins right to challenge Muslim anti-gay law

Malaysian wins right to challenge Muslim anti-gay law

Malaysia’s top court has given the go-ahead for a man to challenge an Islamic [anti-gay law], his lawyer said on Wednesday, in a test case for gay rights in the mostly Muslim country. LGBT+ rights groups say Islamic laws have been increasingly used to target the country’s gay community, with a rise in arrests and […]

Singapore: LGBT+ approach top court to overturn anti-gay law

Singapore: LGBT+ approach top court to overturn anti-gay law

Singaporean gay activists have turned to the country’s highest court to overturn a colonial-era anti-gay law, a lawyer said on Wednesday, after they failed in a legal challenge this week. Singapore’s High Court on Monday rejected petitions from three gay men who challenged the law, which punishes same-sex acts between men. Offenders can be jailed for […]

Singapore: Anti-gay law upheld by court

Singapore: Anti-gay law upheld by court

(Reuters) – Singapore’s high court today upheld a law that criminalises sex between men, dismissing three appeals that argued it was unconstitutional, although prosecutions under the law are rare. The ruling follows challenges last year to the colonial-era law, a thorny issue in the socially conservative city-state, where repeal efforts failed in 2014, though activists were […]

Gabon: Anti-gay ban as reform stalls

Gabon: Anti-gay ban as reform stalls

Gabon has passed an anti-gay law, becoming the 70th country to do so, an official confirmed, as the global pace of reform falters. The central African country banned “sexual relations between people of the same sex” in a new penal code earlier this year, according to copies of the law online.