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

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

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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

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

Africa / Americas

Seeking African dialogue on behalf of LGBT Zambians

Chalwe Charles Mwansa, a human rights defender and LGBT activist from Zambia, says that his country, and other African countries, need “an African-centered dialogue that tackles the social and political issues that currently drive homophobia across the continent.” “These discussions must also sit within a broader dialogue that is centered on a human rights approach, … Continue reading

Asia / Middle East / North Africa

New fund aims to help Iranian LGBT community

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has launched a fund aimed at supporting the emerging Iranian LGBT community and addressing LGBT human rights violations in Iran. The goal is to support: Advocacy, research or outreach projects to  improve the lives of LGBT Iranians and other marginalised groups there.  Building new or strengthening … Continue reading

Asia / Commentary / Middle East / North Africa

Exposing persecution of LGBT individuals in Iraq

Editor’s Note: We are re-publishing here today’s press release from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)  announcing the launch of two new briefings on violence and abuse of LGBT individuals in Iraq. The two reports are available for download on their website.  Click here for a full copy of the press release, including a summary … Continue reading

Americas / Asia / Faith and religion

Will Brunei’s horrid law unite LGBT and women’s activists?

The celebrity-boosted boycott of the Sultan of Brunei and his Beverly Hills Hotel could open the way for an important partnership of activists supporting women’s rights and those pushing for LGBT rights. So far, though, little progress has been made in that direction, although a mix of both types of advocates joined former talk show … Continue reading