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Rising anti-LGBT sentiment in Indonesia is affecting tackling HIV

Rising anti-LGBT sentiment in Indonesia is affecting tackling HIV

Human Rights Watch have warned that rising discrimination against the LGBTI community in Indonesia is having a negative effect on the countries efforts to tackle HIV. “The Indonesian government should recognize that its role in abuses against LGBT people is seriously compromising the country’s response to HIV,” said Kyle Knight, LGBT rights researcher at Human […]

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New videos shine a light on LGBTI+ life in Middle East and North Africa

New videos shine a light on LGBTI+ life in Middle East and North Africa

A new campaign from Human Rights Watch is telling the stories of LGBTI+ people living in North Africa and the Middle East. The #NoLongerAlone series was created in partnership with the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality and released alongside Audacity in Adversity: LGBT Activism in the Middle East and North Africa – a report from the […]

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Indonesia jails ten men for taking part in a ‘gay sex party’

Indonesia jails ten men for taking part in a ‘gay sex party’

An Indonesian court has handed down two-year prison sentences to ten men who were charged with breaking the country’s anti-pornography laws. The men were accused of taking part in a ‘gay sex party’ at a Jakarta Sauna. Over 140 men were arrested at the venue earlier this year, most were let off, but ten have […]

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Prosecutors call for Indonesian couple to be caned 80 times

Prosecutors call for Indonesian couple to be caned 80 times

  Prosecutors in the Indonesian province of Aceh have called for two men, who were caught having sex by their neighbours, be punished with 80 strokes of the rattan. The two men, aged 20 and 23, were arrested after their neighbours secretly filmed them having sex in the privacy of their own home. They neighbours […]

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Gay men arrested in Indonesia forced to undertake HIV tests

Gay men arrested in Indonesia forced to undertake HIV tests

Human Rights Watch has raised concern that eight men who were arrested for taking part in a ‘gay party’ in Indonesia were forced to undergo tests for HIV. Police in the Indonesia city Surabaya announced they arrested fourteen men who were taking part in a ‘gay party’ last week. Officers busted in on a party […]

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“They want to exterminate us.” says Chechen gay man

“They want to exterminate us.” says Chechen gay man

Chechen men who are in hiding after being allegedly detained by authorities have spoken out about their ordeal. A Chechen man named Ruslan* has spoken to the BBC about his recent experiences in the Chechen Republic, an autonomous region of Russia. The man said he had been questioned by authorities in his home, and then […]

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Indonesian police and religious group raid gay gathering

Indonesian police and religious group raid gay gathering

Human Rights Watch has raised concern about the increased level of police complicity in the harassment of LGBT people in Indonesia. An Islamic group with a reputation with a reputation for harrassing minorities has claimed that it worked with police to break up a so-called sex party in Jakarta. The group, the Islamic Defenders Front […]

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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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Indonesia says no room for LGBT community

Indonesia said there was “no room” for the LGBT community on Thursday as activists highlighted the growing number of attacks on the gay community in the world’s most populous Muslim nation. “Rights of citizens like going to school and getting an ID card are protected, but there is no room in Indonesia for the proliferation […]

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Cameroonian Activist Found Dead

Human Rights Watch have called for the government of Cameroon to ensure that a proper investigation is carried out into the torture and death of journalist and activist Eric Ohena Lembembe. Lembembe was found dead in his Yaoundé home on the evening of July 15. As the executive director of the Cameroonian Foundation for AIDS […]

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