Anti-LGBT nations seek to end U.N. advocacy of LGBT rights
International

Anti-LGBT nations seek to end U.N. advocacy of LGBT rights

A confrontation over LGBT rights is expected to come to a head tomorrow at the United Nations. [Editor’s note: That scheduled vote has been delayed. See: “Opposition and delay confront anti-LGBT push at U.N.”] At issue is last June’s vote by the U.N. Human Rights Council to hire a watchdog to investigate violations of LGBT rights. … Continue reading

Africa / Americas

Zimbabwe prisons, Pakistan arrests, Belize delay

In Zimbabwe, National Assembly Speaker Jacob Mudenda told Parliament that homosexuality in prisons should no longer be ignored as it spreads HIV and TB. He said that Zimbabweans are “too shy” to talk about the high rate of homosexuality in the country’s prisons, which are overcrowded and a breeding ground for diseases like tuberculosis.  He … Continue reading

Americas / Faith and religion

Progress + disputes: Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia

A recap of recent news about LGBTI rights in three of the Caribbean nations with laws against homosexual activity (Guyana, St. Lucia and Jamaica), with help from coverage in the Caribbean IRN Blog of the International Resource Network: Guyana Stabroek News of Guyana editorialized favorably on Ireland’s vote in favor of Marriage Equality: “Marriage … … Continue reading

Middle East / North Africa

Group calls Iran’s UNHCR response hypocritical, irresponsible

Iranian Queer Organization (IRQO), an organization supporting the Iranian LGBTI community, requested we share with our readers their summary review of Iran’s response to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the United Nations’s  Human Rights Council (UNHRC). We provide IRQO’s statement here, very slightly edited. IRQO regards Iran’s response to the UPR recommendations hypocritical and irresponsible Iran’s response … Continue reading

Africa

Activists demand new probe of Eric Lembembe murder

A year after the murder of journalist/activist Eric Lembembe in Cameroon, human rights activists in Cameroon and abroad are calling for a renewed investigation into his death. Cameroonian authorities’ mishandling of the investigation has been so incompetent and disrespectful that it might lead to new homophobic attacks on innocent LGBT people by those who conclude … Continue reading