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My way, your way, or the right way? The Yogyakarta principles: a kenyan interpretation My way, your way, or the right way? The Yogyakarta principles: a kenyan interpretation

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Date modified: 08/02/2012
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my_way_picture_2Rights Law and the LGBTI Community in Kenya (2010).

An interpretation of how the Yogyakarta principles are applicable in a Kenyan context including case stories of LGBTI people. The GKT (Gay Kenyan trust) has reformulated the legal language of the Yogyakarta principles into a language that is easy for every Kenyan to understand. The result is a simple and clear explanatiion of what LGBTI rights are. That they are neither "Special Rights", nor "New Rights". They are basic human rights. GKT urges the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) to endorse the Yogyakarta Principles and/or this local presentation of the Principles in public forums and to sponsor training and awareness?raising activities.

They want us exterminated. Murder, torture, sexual orientation and gender in Iraq They want us exterminated. Murder, torture, sexual orientation and gender in Iraq

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Date added: 06/07/2012
Date modified: 08/02/2012
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Human Rights Watch report (2009).

Accoring to Human Rights Watch, the situation for LGBT people in Iraq is very worrying. The report describes how sexual minorities have been further marginalized during the war, especially by the Mahdi army who have killed and tortured LGBT persons. Through interviews with marginalized sexual minoritites HRW documents the problems and stress that the political leaders of Iraq must react to those.

HRW points to the Arab Charter on Human Rights, adopted in 1994 by the Council of the League of Arab States, of which Iraq is a member, which states in article 5 that “Every individual has the right to life, liberty and security of person. These rights shall be protected by law.”

Therefore the Iraqi authorities are obliged not to ignore known threats to the life of people within their jurisdiction, and to take reasonable and appropriate measures to protect LGBT persons. HRW ends the report by listing recommendations to the political leaders and the military.

Perspectives - Struggle for Equality Perspectives - Struggle for Equality

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Date added: 08/02/2012
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perspectives_imagePolitical analysis and commentary from Africa (2010).

Over the past couple of years, there has not been a shortage of examples of human rights violations of LGBTI persons throughout the continent. The violations have been perpetrated by both state and non-state actors. The violations vary from the denial of basic rights to, in some extreme cases, physical violence against LGBTI people and sometimes even death. Some states have taken efforts to strengthen criminal laws by increasing penalties or broadening the list of offences that LGBTI people can be charged under.

Current and former heads of state continue to make statements condemning same sex relations. Various religious formations have also taken the opportunity to oppose same sex relationships. There are currently 38 countries on the continent that actively criminalise same sex intimacy and, while not expressly criminalised in other countries, other laws, like vagrancy or public nuisance laws, can be used to prosecute and persecute LGBTI individuals and groups.

In 6 articles, this publication covers different aspects of LGBTI activism in Africa, including experiences from Nigeria, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The message is that despite the myriad of challenges and hostile environment there is an ongoing engagement and growing movement towards equality for LGBTI people throughout the continent.

Denied Identity. Human Rights Abuses against Iran's LGBT Community. Denied Identity. Human Rights Abuses against Iran's LGBT Community.

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Date added: 02/13/2014
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Denied Identity Iran2013, 60 pages

Lesbians and gays face serious violations of their human rights in Iran. This report from The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) gives a thorough background to the past and current situation for LGBT people in Iran. The report contains in-depth case stories collected through testimonies and other sources.

Silenced Voices, Threatened Lives: The impact of Nigeria's anti-LGBT law on freedom of expression Silenced Voices, Threatened Lives: The impact of Nigeria's anti-LGBT law on freedom of expression

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Date added: 07/01/2015
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Silenced voices2015, 38 pages

This report from PEN America and PEN Nigeria, uses potent and poignant individual testimonies by LGBTI Nigerians to demonstrate how the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act of 2014 has distorted Nigeria’s cultural and political landscape by silencing the country’s LGBTI community through state-sanctioned intimidation and marginalization. Drawing on interviews with local LGBTI authors, artists, activists, and their allies, the report details the cascading effects of a law that, while purporting to target same sex marriage, has infringed upon rights to free speech, access to health care, housing, and employment, interfered with civil and political rights, and led to wholesale impunity for violence against LGBTI people. The report documents the cases of writers unable to publish their books, poems, and stories, organizations forbidden from meeting, social media communities chilled by government infiltration, and rising incidents of blackmail and extortion directed at LGBTI individuals. The report showcases Nigeria’s at-risk literary and artistic traditions with works by prominent writers and artists from Nigeria’s LGBTI community and diaspora, including Unoma Azuah, Jude Dibia, and Adejoke Tugbiyele.

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