Tag Archive | Human Rights Watch

Japan: Olympics Should Benefit Human Rights

Japan: Olympics Should Benefit Human Rights

Japan Should Address Abuse of Child Athletes, LGBT Discrimination, Gender Gap Japan should address serious rights issues in the country as host of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Human Rights Watch said today in a new reporters’ guide. The Tokyo 2020 Summer Games, which start on July 23, 2021, are advertised as celebrating […]

Cameroon: LGBT attacks on rise – HRW

Cameroon: LGBT attacks on rise – HRW

(Reuters) – Cameroon security forces have arrested, threatened, or assaulted at least 24 people since February, in a ramped-up crackdown on LGBT+ people, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday. The rights group said recent documented accounts of abuse, including that of a 17-year old boy, point to an overall rise of police action against […]

HRW: Anti-Trans Laws Would Risk Georgia’s World Cup Dreams

HRW: Anti-Trans Laws Would Risk Georgia’s World Cup Dreams

The state of Georgia and the city of Atlanta have always had global sports ambitions. From the time the country’s first NCAA D1 football stadium was built there in 1913, to the 1996 Summer Olympics and three Super Bowls, Atlanta has sought to be an epicentre of the sports world. Given the growing number of […]

OPINION: Japan’s universities lead gov’t on trans rights

OPINION: Japan’s universities lead gov’t on trans rights

By Anjelica Jarrett Four women’s universities in Japan allow trans women to attend, yet sterilising surgery is still a requirement for legal gender recognition When I was a sophomore in 2014 at Mount Holyoke College, a women’s college in Massachusetts, our college president announced that transgender women would be able to join our student body. […]

Uzbekistan: Gay man’s murder raises questions over human rights reforms

Uzbekistan: Gay man’s murder raises questions over human rights reforms

The murder of a gay man in Uzbekistan has cast the spotlight on the treatment of LGBT+ people in the country, and raised questions over government reforms aimed at attracting foreign investment, human rights activists have said. Shokir Shavkatov, 25, was stabbed to death inside his flat in the Central Asian nation’s capital earlier this […]

Indonesia: Draft Criminal Code Disastrous For LGBT+ And Minority Rights

Indonesia: Draft Criminal Code Disastrous For LGBT+ And Minority Rights

The Indonesian parliament should substantially revise the proposed new criminal code to meet international human rights standards, Human Rights Watch has stated. The current bill contains articles that will violate the rights of women, religious minorities, and LGBT people, as well as freedom of speech and association. “Indonesia’s draft criminal code is disastrous not only for […]

Kazakhstan: Feminist Group Denied Registration As NGO

Kazakhstan: Feminist Group Denied Registration As NGO

An appeals court in Kazakhstan on September 3 upheld a decision denying Feminita, a national feminist initiative, registration as a nongovernmental organisation (NGO). The group’s focus includes the rights of lesbian, bisexual, and queer women. The Almaty department of the Justice Ministry had refused the group registration on the grounds that it didn’t comply with the […]

Honduras: Transgender murders stoke fears of backlash against LGBT+ rights

Honduras: Transgender murders stoke fears of backlash against LGBT+ rights

The murder of three transgender women in Honduras this month has raised fears that a push for LGBT+ rights in the country has prompted a backlash. Bessy Ferrera, a 40-year-old LGBT+ rights activist, was gunned down by unknown assailants early on July 8, in the capital Tegucigalpa. Santi Carvajal, a trans TV show host, was […]

Opinion: The WHO says I don’t have a mental disorder, but in Japan government says I do

Opinion: The WHO says I don’t have a mental disorder, but in Japan government says I do

By Fumino Sugiyama, Tokyo Rainbow Pride On Monday, the World Health Assembly voted to approve the 11th version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), a global manual of diagnostic codes for doctors. Among other changes, this version of the ICD removes the diagnosis of “Gender Identity Disorder (GID)”, meaning transgender people like me are […]

Brunei: Governments urged to keep pressure on after LGBT death penalty halt

Brunei: Governments urged to keep pressure on after LGBT death penalty halt

Diplomatic pressure on Brunei should not be eased until anti-LGBT+ laws are completely repealed, human rights advocates said on Monday, dismissing the Southeast Asian country’s move to extend a moratorium on the death penalty. Brunei sparked a global outcry when it rolled out its interpretation of Islamic laws, or sharia, on April 3, allowing whipping […]