Mozambique: Anti-gay law is gone, anti-gay bias remains

Add Mozambique to the list of countries with no law against same-sex intimacy, which isn’t to say that LGBTI people in that east African nation enjoy equal treatment under the law. The country’s LGBTI advocacy organization, Lambda, has been fighting since 2008 for official government recognition. Last year, Mozambique revised a Penal Code that had … Continue reading

Africa / Americas

Ivory Coast activists join push for U.N. rights resolution

Human rights defenders in Ivory Coast today urged their country to support a  U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution seeking action against discrimination and violence targeting people on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity (SOGI). The resolution, proposed by Brazil, Chile and Uruguay, calls on the High Commissioner of the UNHRC to … Continue reading


Much talk, a little action on LGBT rights worldwide

Much discussion and a little action on LGBT rights occurred during last month’s meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.  These are excerpts from the report on the session by the advocacy group ARC International, particularly the sections related to countries with anti-gay laws. Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human … Continue reading


Plea at U.N. to stop violence; Cameroon claims it will change

Colleagues of murdered Cameroonian activist Eric Ohena Lembembe have urged their government to stop homophobic attacks and legalized repression of LGBT people in Cameroon, and the government has responded with lip service aimed at creating the impression that Cameroon will: Investigate police violence against individuals because of their sexual orientation. Investigate threats and attacks against … Continue reading


Cameroon appeal: Concrete steps to fight anti-gay violence

Cameroon should combat recent outbreaks of anti-gay violence, starting by taking a public stand on the issue during next month’s United Nations review of the country’s human rights record, according to 12 local and international human rights groups who made that request in an open letter to President Paul Biya on Sept. 11. “The Cameroonian … Continue reading

Americas / Asia / Europe / Middle East / North Africa

Anti-LGBT win at UN for Russia and ‘traditional values’

The U.N.Human Rights Council today adopted a Russian resolution supporting “traditional values,” which LGBT activists fear will be used to deny human rights to women and to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 25-15, with seven abstentions. It endorses “the important role of the family” and seeks … Continue reading