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Kansas: Adoption bill biased against gay couples

Kansas: Adoption bill biased against gay couples

On Friday (4th May) the Kansas legislature approved a bill that allows faith-based adoption agencies to turn away gay and lesbian couples, based on religious beliefs, and the state’s governor said he would sign it. Under the measure, the Kansas Department for Children and Families cannot block any foster or adoption agency, including those that […]

HRW: Why A Former CIA Director Shouldn’t Run The [US] State Department

HRW: Why A Former CIA Director Shouldn’t Run The [US] State Department

John Sifton, Asia Advocacy Director for Human Rights Watch (HRW) writes on why Mike Pompeo is not suitable for US Secretary of State, including his problematic views on LGBTQ people. The nomination of Mike Pompeo to be US secretary of state has prompted powerful opposition from human rights groups because of his past support for CIA […]

Philippines: App To Help Fight HIV

Inspired by the mobile game Pokemon Go, campaigners in the Philippines are using a smartphone app to send users to locations with condom dispensers, in a bid to promote safe sex and break stigma to fight a worsening HIV epidemic. The Philippines has registered the fastest-growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in Asia-Pacific, according to the United Nations, […]

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 […]

Indonesia: Most feel ‘threatened’ by LGBT community – survey

Indonesia: Most feel ‘threatened’ by LGBT community – survey

Nearly 90 percent of Indonesians who understand the term LGBT feel ‘threatened’ by the community, and believe their religion forbids same-sex relations, a survey showed on Thursday. Homosexuality is not regulated by law in Indonesia, except in Aceh province, where Islamic law bans same-sex relations. But the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation has seen a rise […]

India: Digital ID project could violate rights of millions, campaigners say

India: Digital ID project could violate rights of millions, campaigners say

India’s ambitious biometric identity project could lead to millions of people being denied access to essential services and benefits in violation of their human rights, campaigners said, ahead of key court hearings on the legitimacy of the programme. India launched Aadhaar, now the world’s biggest biometric database, in 2009, to streamline welfare payments, and cut […]

Austria: Court Allows Marriage Equality – Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Discriminatory

Austria: Court Allows Marriage Equality – Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Discriminatory

The Austrian Constitutional Court’s ruling on December 4, 2017, that a ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional is a powerful victory for equal marriage rights, Human Rights Watch has said. It is the first time a Constitutional Court in Europe has held that the exclusion of gay people from civil marriage is unconstitutional. The Austrian […]