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Indonesian city plans to fine residents for “LGBT behaviour”

Indonesian city plans to fine residents for “LGBT behaviour”

(Reuters) – An Indonesian city has approved a bye-law to fine gay or transgender people up to 1 million rupiah [€61.55] ($70) for behaviour that could “disturb public order” or be considered immoral, the city’s deputy mayor said on Friday. The regulation is the latest example of a rise in government and public hostility towards […]

Indonesia: Fresh Wave of Anti-LGBT Rhetoric, Arrests

Indonesia: Fresh Wave of Anti-LGBT Rhetoric, Arrests

Indonesian officials should uphold the rights of LGBT people in the face of renewed anti-LGBT statements and discriminatory policy proposals, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Governor Ridwan Kamil of West Java province. Throughout October 2018, government officials in various regencies of West Java province have publicly called for policies that would target […]

Brazil: Anti-LGBT Candidate Wins Election, HRW Urges Rights Protection

Brazil: Anti-LGBT Candidate Wins Election, HRW Urges Rights Protection

Human Rights Watch to Monitor Bolsonaro’s Presidency Brazil´s judiciary and other key institutions should resist any attempt to undermine human rights, the rule of law, and democracy under Jair Bolsonaro’s government, Human Rights Watch said yesterday. Bolsonaro, a pro-torture, openly-bigoted member of Congress, won a run-off election on October 28, 2018 and will take office […]

Malawi: Arrests, Violence against LGBT People

Malawi: Arrests, Violence against LGBT People

“Repeal Laws; Moratorium Not Enough” Malawi’s laws, prohibiting consensual same-sex relations, foster a climate of fear and fuel violence and discrimination, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Friday last. The punitive legal environment, combined with social stigma, allows police abuse to go unchecked, and prevents many LGBT people from reporting violence or […]

Transgender women should have same rights as other women – poll

Transgender women should have same rights as other women – poll

Transgender women should have the same rights as other women, according to a global poll of women across five continents published on Friday amid a growing – and sometimes divisive – debate over trans rights. Activists said the results were “absolutely encouraging”, but added that trans women still face bullying, violence, imprisonment and even sterilisation […]

Indonesia: Vice-Presidential Candidate Has Anti-Rights Record

Indonesia: Vice-Presidential Candidate Has Anti-Rights Record

The decision by Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to select Ma’ruf Amin as his vice-presidential running mate in the 2019 presidential election, raises questions about Jokowi’s commitment to improve human rights protection for all Indonesians, according to Human Rights Watch. Amin, who has been the chairman of Indonesia’s Ulama Council (Majelis Ulama Indonesia, or MUI), and […]

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 […]