Indonesian police have raided the homes of “suspected lesbians” as part of an ongoing crackdown on suspected LGBTI people. Human Rights Watch protested the actions as invasions of privacy and human rights abuses.
Many countries condemned last spring’s homophobic and murderous anti-gay crackdown in Chechnya, but only five countries have offered to help fleeing gay Chechens.
Russia claims it needs its anti-“gay propaganda” law to protect children, but actually the law “directly harms them through denying them access to essential information and creating a stigma against LGBT children and LGBT family members,” Human Rights Watch says in a new report.
Confronted with international outrage over the public flogging of gay men, the Indonesian province of Aceh has moved the floggings indoors.
Tanzania must put an end to its threats against supporters of pregnant teenagers, young mothers and LGBT people, 18 national and international advocacy groups declared today. They endorsed an appeal by 25 Tanzanian advocacy groups that urged the government to drop a plan to block teenage mothers from returning to school.
In Malaysia, a video competition on adolescent sexual and reproductive health from the Ministry of Health sparked outrage among human rights activists, who understood it as homophobic and transphobic.
Indonesia’s national police force should immediately investigate recent raids by local law enforcement on gatherings of gay men, Human Rights Watch said [June 2] in a letter to national police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian. Indonesia’s police leadership should commit to ending the targeting of sexual minorities and uphold their obligation to protect everyone’s basic rights …
Africa’s continent-wide human rights commission has started taking abuses of LGBT people seriously.
The Tanzanian government’s ongoing crackdown on LGBT people has given pause to sexual minorities there who previously enjoyed a relatively tolerant environment. Now, says Tanzanian trans sex worker and fashion designer Queen M, for the first time she is afraid.
Indonesia is continuing to persecute LGBTI people, Human Rights Watch reports. At a time when two men have been jailed on homosexuality charges, Indonesia President Joko Widodo missed an opportunity to roll back repressive sharia laws.