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United Nations condemns latest gay raid in Indonesia

United Nations condemns latest gay raid in Indonesia

The United Nations has condemned the latest crackdown on LGBT people in Indonesia, as well as recent actions in Egypt and Azerbaijan. Last week over 50 men were detained in Jakarta after a raid at a sauna. Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia, but vague laws relating to pornography as often used to raid establishments […]

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Advocates call for repeal of transgender forced divorce laws

Advocates call for repeal of transgender forced divorce laws

Equality advocates have urged Australia’s state governments to repeal laws forcing married transgender partners to divorce if they want their birth certificate to reflect their gender identity. The call comes in the wake of a landmark UN decision upholding the right of a transgender Australian to remain married under federal law and have her NSW […]

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United Nations official concerned over Indonesia’s treatment of LGBT people

United Nations official concerned over Indonesia’s treatment of LGBT people

The United Nations’ human rights office has raised concern about the way Indonesian authorities are treating LGBT people. In recent months there has been an increasing number of cases where gay men have been detained under the country’s anti-pornography laws which are open to wide interpretation. In the most recent case, 141 men were detained after […]

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UN Special Rapporteur says Indonesia needs embrace non-discrimination

UN Special Rapporteur says Indonesia needs embrace non-discrimination

The United Nations Special Rapporteur Dainius Pūras delivered a report last month on Indonesia’s after his first trip to the country, saying Indonesia could improve its health system by embracing non-discrimination principles. Pūras, whose work focuses on the health sector, urged Indonesia to prioritise investments in primary health care, address mental health issues and offer […]

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USA’s Ambassador to the UN condemns abuse of gay men in Chechnya

USA’s Ambassador to the UN condemns abuse of gay men in Chechnya

The United States Ambassador the the United Nations has condemned the treatment of gay men in The Chechen Republic. Nikki Halley, President’s Trump’s representative at the United Nation, released a statement urging authorities in Chechnya to investigate the claims that were first published in a Russian newspaper. “We continue to be disturbed by reports of […]

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United Nations will keep LGBT expert

United Nations will keep LGBT expert

A move to stop the work of the United Nation’s special expert on LGBT issues from investigating human rights abuses around the world has been fought off at the UN’s General Assembly. A small group of States attempted to stop the United Nation’s first ever Independent Expert on the “protection against violence and discrimination based […]

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New attempts to stop the UN’s LGBT expert

New attempts to stop the UN’s LGBT expert

The United Nation’s special expert charged with the task of investigating human rights abuses of LGBT people around the globe will face a new challenge to his appointment on Monday. In September The United Nation’s  Human Rights Council appointed international law professor Vitit Muntarbhorn of Thailand to investigate abuses against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender […]

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UN’s independent expert on LGBTI rights will keep working

UN’s independent expert on LGBTI rights will keep working

The United Nations has rejected a move from African nations to halt the work of the independent expert on LGBTI rights. Thai international law professor, Vitit Muntarbhorn, was appointed the first UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. He has been charged with a four year mission to explore where LGBTI people may […]

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African states move to suspend UN LGBT expert

African states move to suspend UN LGBT expert

A group of African Nations is hoping to overturn a decision by the United Nations to appoint a special investigator to look into abuses of LGBTI people across the globe. Vitit Muntarbhorn, a respected law professor from Thailand has been appointed to the role. The coalition of African nations is arguing that the UN should […]

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The Spice Girls ask “What do you really really want?”

The Spice Girls ask “What do you really really want?”

Victoria Beckham has posted a video online showing women from around the world recreating the Spice Girls classic ‘Wannabe’ video. In the clip created by The United Nations’ Goals for Sustainable Development and it incorporates dozens of women and girls from all over the world and asks them what they really, really want. The campaign was […]

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