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Kenya buzzing with anti-gay worries as it awaits Obama’s visit

This has been a busy month for Watetezi, the online site from activist/journalist Denis Nzioka that promotes security for LGBTI Kenyans and reports on the human rights abuses they suffer. These days, Kenya is abuzz with homophobic outcries, complaints and hand-wringing, sprinkled with news of anti-gay protests and an occasional anti-gay attack. The latest bout … Continue reading

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Jamaica: Police focus on helping women, youths, LGBT

In Jamaica, 50 police have attended training sessions on vulnerable people, with a special focus on conscientiously dealing with LGBT people, youth, women, and people living with disabilities. In a speech to trainees, Public Defender Arlene Harrison Henry said that the Jamaican legal framework has been slow to recognise the increasing diversity in the population. … Continue reading

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To Kenyan officials: Stop gay-bashing; it boosts AIDS

A group of Kenyan health-care and human-rights organizations delivered a strong message to Kenyan officials today: Stop inflaming anti-gay tensions. They hinder the fight against HIV / Aids. At a press conference, the groups warned of “devastating consequences of the inflammatory statements towards lesbians and gay Kenyans.” “These statements and intolerant comments towards lesbian and … Continue reading

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Cameroon: Stop police torture, extortion of LGBT people

In response to attempted extortion and death threats by Cameroon police against the president of Cameroon Humanity First Cameroon on Wednesday, the association released this statement: Faced with so many cases of violence promoted by Article 347 bis [the anti-homosexuality law] of the Cameroonian Penal Code, we must wonder whether the nation’s forces of law … Continue reading

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Malawi Law Targets LGBTI People

We re-publish here today’s news release from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) expressing serious concerns over a discriminatory Malawi law targeting LGBTI people.  Half of Malawi’s population of about 15 million live below the poverty line. (New York)—The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) today raised serious concerns about discriminatory … Continue reading

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LGBTI, development and globalisation

by Caleb Orozco We publish this editorial commentary by Caleb Orozco, Executive Director of  the United Belize Advocacy Movement.  Caleb wrote this on April 8, in the context of discussions within a SOGI, LGBTI online network, hosted by Geneva-based ARC International.  Discussions relating to LGBTI human rights, globalization, development and negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement prompted … Continue reading