3 Gambians seek bail while facing homosexuality charges

Three Gambian citizens facing homosexuality-related charges are asking the country’s High Court for their release on bail, the Gambian newspaper The Point reported. The defendants — Alieu Sarr, Momarr Sowe and Modou Lamin Bittaye — are the only three remaining in custody among about 15 allegedly LGBT people arrested last fall in an anti-gay crackdown … Continue reading

Africa / Americas

Video: Challenges, hopes for LGBTI rights worldwide

Challenges and hopes for LGBTI advocacy around the globe are the focus of this week’s video in the “Quorum” series of 11 discussions of international LGBTI issues. In the Daily Beast video titled “Levers for Change,” a panel of three United States-based activists considers LGBTI rights advocacy in the world at large, especially other societies’ … Continue reading


Malaysia: Top judges send opposing politician to jail for sodomy

Human Rights Watch reports: The conviction of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim after seven years of politically motivated proceedings under an abusive and archaic law is a major setback for human rights in Malaysia, Human Rights Watch said today. On February 10, 2015, the Federal Court of Malaysia upheld a lower court ruling and sentenced Anwar … Continue reading

Africa / Middle East / North Africa

Over Swedish protest, Tunisia imposes 2-year sentence

An unidentified Swedish man has been sentenced to two years behind bars in Tunisia for “homosexual acts” despite the protests of Swedish diplomats, Agence France-Presse reported. Under Tunisian law, sodomy is punishable by up to three years in prison. AFP added: “(Sweden) highlighted its belief in equal rights regardless of sexual orientation as a fundamental … Continue reading


Zambia seeks to overturn acquittal of anti-AIDS activist

The government of Zambia isn’t willing to let an AIDS activist get away with publicly suggesting repeal of the nation’s anti-gay law, even after he was acquitted of a charge that his televised comment should be punished as  “soliciting for immoral purposes.” AIDS fighter Paul Kasonkomona was arrested in April 2013 immediately after appearing on … Continue reading