Africa / Commentary

LGBTI activists mourn human rights veteran Joel Nana

Veteran African human rights activist Joël Gustave Nana Ngongang, widely known as Joel Nana, 33, died Oct. 15 after a brief illness. He worked as a human and LGBT rights advocate and as an anti-HIV activist at local, national and international levels.  His main work focused on African countries, including Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa, … Continue reading

Middle East / North Africa

U.N. session on LGBTI killings by ISIS — ‘historic’ or mistake?

The U.N. Security Council today held “a historic meeting” — “the first Security Council meeting on LGBT rights,” in the words of Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. The goal: to publicize and develop strategies against anti-LGBTI violence perpetrated in Syria and Iraq by the troops of the Islamist State, also known as ISIS, … Continue reading


Activists failed Roger Mbede; who killed him?

Reporter Robbie Corey-Boulet conducted an in-depth investigation into the death of Roger Mbede, a former Amnesty International prisoner of conscience who was imprisoned in 2011 in anti-gay Cameroon for amorous text messages, was released from prison in 2012 in poor health, and died last year under suspicious circumstances at his family’s home. These are excerpts … Continue reading

Asia / Middle East / North Africa

On trial for being LGBT in Morocco (2) and Malaysia (9)

IGLHRC and HRW report on the latest legal persecution of LGBT citizens of Morocco and Malaysia. MOROCCO The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) called on Moroccan authorities to immediately release two men on trial for alleged homosexual acts. That appeal came in a June 18 press release headlined, in part: Stop Persecuting … Continue reading

Middle East / North Africa

‘Islamic State’ has reported 15 LGBTI executions

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has published reports of 15 people said to have been executed in the past 12 months by “Islamic State” militias for alleged homosexuality-related crimes. The IGLHRC file “Timeline of Publicized Executions for ‘Indecent Behavior’ by IS Militias,” lists reported executions of 18 people accused of indecent … Continue reading

Africa / Middle East / North Africa

Us vs. them (Egypt): Deport me!

Second of two articles about the challenge of breaking through emotional barriers that people erect between themselves and victims of persecution who act or look unlike them. This article, by activist/commentator Scott Long, focuses on the difficulty keeping relatively affluent Westerners’ interest in non-white victims of repression, particularly in news coverage of Egypt. The previous … Continue reading


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

Middle East / North Africa

Take Action: Islamic State Terror Campaign Targets LGBTI

This is a call to action for both individuals and groups from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) re-published here to widen the reach of this important campaign.  We urge our readers to take action.   Take Action: Islamic State Terror Campaign Targets Vulnerable LGBTI People in Iraq and Syria Urge the … Continue reading