News briefs about health issues, discrimination and legal challenges facing LGBT communities in Malawi, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Myanmar and Pakistan.
Modestly edited items from ILGA’s LGBulleTIn and UNAIDS’s Equal Eyes news summaries:
Saudi police arrested about 35 Pakistanis, including many trans women, during a raid in Riyadh that disrupted a ceremony in which members of the Pakistani transgender community choose their gurus. Pakistani activists claimed that two of the women were killed by police — a claim denied by Saudi officials.
An Anglican archbishop in the Caribbean calls for justice for LGBTI people. An annual LGBTQ film festival is held for the fifth time in Botswana. Tanzania backs off a proposal to publish the names of gay Tanzanians. Those items and other less encouraging news come from the latest edition of UNAIDS’s Equal Eyes recap of …
Setbacks, ongoing arrests and anti-gay violence marred 2016, despite substantial advances for LGBT rights in several countries.
Local officials in northwest Pakistan are pushing the federal government to guarantee transgender women’s right to vote, Human Rights Watch reports.
In Pakistan, trans activist Didar was shot. She was rushed to the hospital, and her life is out of danger. In Russia, officials shut down BlueSystem, the country’s most popular website for LGBT news and entertainment. See below for more news briefs.
Human Rights Watch last week called attention to an encouraging development in Pakistan — the national human rights commission spoke up for the right of transgender people to be protected from anti-trans violence:
Human Rights Watch reported: Pakistan: Attacks on Transgender Women Surge Promptly Investigate, Prosecute Those Responsible (New York, August 23, 2016) – Pakistani authorities should urgently investigate the surge in violent attacks on transgender women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Human Rights Watch said today. They should also investigate allegations that medical staff and police failed to …
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 …