Tag Archive | Gay RIghts

Yemeni blogger jailed by Saudi court for supporting equal rights

Yemeni blogger jailed by Saudi court for supporting equal rights

(Reuters) – A Saudi court has sentenced a Yemeni blogger to 10 months in prison, a fine of 10,000 riyals (€2,274.42) and deportation, for a social media post supporting equal rights for people in same-sex relationships, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). The group said Mohamad al-Bokari fled Yemen in June 2019, and was living […]

Malawians conflicted over LGBT+ rights, tolerance, research finds

Malawians conflicted over LGBT+ rights, tolerance, research finds

Nearly all Malawians think LGBT+ human rights should be protected, yet the same number could not accept a gay or lesbian family member, according to a first-of-its kind report released this week. A third said transgender people deserve human rights, and should be protected from violence, while half said they had reported gender non-conforming people […]

US Supreme Court rejects Hawaii B&B that refused to serve lesbian couple

US Supreme Court rejects Hawaii B&B that refused to serve lesbian couple

(Reuters) – The US Supreme Court handed a defeat on Monday to a bed and breakfast owner in Hawaii who turned away a lesbian couple due to her Christian beliefs, but it could soon take up another major case on the conflict between gay and religious rights. The justices refused to hear an appeal by […]

Russia: Police detain around 25 gay rights activists in St Petersburg

Russia: Police detain around 25 gay rights activists in St Petersburg

(Reuters) Russian police detained around 25 gay rights activists who took part in an unsanctioned rally in St Petersburg on Saturday (4th August) according to Reuters witnesses. A few dozen activists gathered at Palace Square on Saturday afternoon, defying a ban to hold the rally. Organisers had said they would stage one-man protests to demand […]

Japan: Largest LGBT Pride Parade Held In Tokyo

Japan: Largest LGBT Pride Parade Held In Tokyo

On Sunday 6th May, the largest LGBT Pride march so far, with around 7,000 participants, was held in central Tokyo, to bring attention to LGBT issues and to promote equality. Members of all sections of the LGBT community took part, with rainbow-coloured banners highlighting the importance of tolerance in society, and using the word ‘equal’.

Uzbekistan’s human rights record to be reviewed by Universal Periodic Review

Uzbekistan’s human rights record to be reviewed by Universal Periodic Review

Uzbekistan’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the third time on Wednesday, 9 May 2018 in a meeting that will be webcast live. Uzbekistan is one of the 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming session […]

Costa Rica: Center-left author wins presidency with support for gay rights

Costa Rica: Center-left author wins presidency with support for gay rights

(Reuters) – The center-left’s Carlos Alvarado Quesada decisively defeated a conservative Protestant singer in Costa Rica’s presidential runoff election on Sunday, by promising to defend gay rights, handing a major victory to the ruling party. Former minister and fiction writer Alvarado Quesada, 38, had 61 percent of the vote with results in from 91 percent […]

Tunisia: Police Shut Down LGBT & Human Rights Protest

Tunisia: Police Shut Down LGBT & Human Rights Protest

When Tunisian police shut down a planned demonstration on January 27, they claimed they did it for the protesters’ safety. “We had information that they were going to be targeted,” said an interior ministry spokesperson, according to news reports. The rallying call of Saturday’s protest, organized by the secular group Association des Libres Penseurs (Association […]

Costa Rica votes for a new president as row rages over gay rights

Costa Rica votes for a new president as row rages over gay rights

Costa Ricans went to the polls on Sunday to choose a new president, in a race overshadowed by a debate over same-sex marriage. Leading candidates in the crowded field fiercely oppose gay rights, which have recently gained ground in Latin America. Conservative Christian singer and TV anchor, Fabricio Alvarado, skyrocketed to the top of the […]

India: Finance Minister Says Anti-gay Laws Should Be Re-examined

India: Finance Minister Says Anti-gay Laws Should Be Re-examined

In India, New Delhi – born Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley,  has stated that ‘conservative’ and outdated laws against gay relationships should be re-examined by the Supreme Court. At the moment, the anti-gay laws mean that LGBT people can face imprisonment if having gay consensual sex, and discrimination, harassment and condemnation are all part of […]