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They hunt us down for fun. Discrimination and police violence against transgender women in Kuwait They hunt us down for fun. Discrimination and police violence against transgender women in Kuwait

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Date added: 06/11/2012
Date modified: 08/02/2012
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Human Rights Watch Report (2009).

Until 2007 transgender women in Kuwait were able to circulate freely, secure employment, access public health care, and live with minimal interference from police.

That changed when Kuwait’s National Assembly voted to amend the country’s penal code: A previously generic public decency law now stipulated that anyone “imitating the opposite sex in any way” would face one year in prison, a large fine, or both. The amendment did not criminalize any specific behavior or act, but rather physical appearance, the acceptable parameters of which were to be arbitrarily defined by individual police. These provisions have created a sea-change in the lives of Kuwaiti transgender women. Many have since become victims of abuse by police, who often take advantage of the law to harass, sexually assault, and arbitrarily arrest them.

Human Rights Watch urge Kuwait to take immediate steps to investigate allegations of torture, prosecute those responsible, and implement working mechanisms to curb future abuses. In order to comply with its obligations under international law, Kuwait should impose an immediate moratorium on arrests under the amended article 198 and repeal the amendment, which in and of itself is vague and overbroad, failing to define the elements of the crime with any specificity, and as a result has been applied in an arbitrary manner.

Uganda report of LGBT Violations 2015 Uganda report of LGBT Violations 2015

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Date added: 08/17/2015
Date modified: 08/17/2015
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Uganda LGBT violations 20152015, 52 pages

The Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum in Uganda has released this recent report on violations of LGBT violations in Uganda. The report documents 89 cases of violations of rights of persons based on their gender identity and sexual orientation.  Violations in 47 cases were perpetrated by state actors, especially the Uganda Police Force. The report also highlights the influence of the Anti-Homosexuality Act in the violations that occurred in 2014. It reveals increased violation of rights of LGBT people by non state actors - there was increased mob attacks, family rejection, evictions and media outings.

On 23rd July 2015,  the 2015 Uganda report of violations based on gender identity and sexual orientation was launched at Imperial Royale Hotel. The report documented 89 cases of violations of rights of persons based on their gender identity and sexual orientation.  Violations in 47 cases were perpetrated by state actors especially the Uganda Police Force. The report also highlights the influence of the Anti-Homosexuality Act in the violations that occurred in 2014. It reveals increased violation of rights of LGBT people by non state actors- there was increased mob attacks, family rejection, evictions and media outings. - See more at: http://www.hrapf.org/blogs/human-rights-awareness-and-promotion-forum/uganda-report-lgbt-violations-2015-launched#sthash.3jBT72FA.dpuf

Situation of LGBT people in Uganda Situation of LGBT people in Uganda

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Date added: 07/01/2015
Date modified: 07/01/2015
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Situation of LGBT persons in Uganda2014, 103 pages.

This joint report from the Danish Immigration Service’s and the Danish Refugee Council’s fact finding mission to Kampala, Uganda from 16 to 25 June 2013, describes the situation of LGBT people in Uganda.

 

We Exist: Mapping LGBTQ organizing in West Africa We Exist: Mapping LGBTQ organizing in West Africa

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Date added: 03/06/2016
Date modified: 05/28/2018
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LGBTQ mapping WestAfrica2016, 36 pages

This report is a result of a group of funders and activists driven by the wish to create a bilingual fund managed and led by West African LGBTQ activists.

Therefore, an exploratory and participatory process was undertaken to enable activists, funders, and allies to map the state of LGBTQ organizing in West Africa and gather data to help determine the appropriate initial structure and priorities of the fund.

Digital threats and opportunities for LGBT activists in Jordan Digital threats and opportunities for LGBT activists in Jordan

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Date added: 12/04/2017
Date modified: 12/04/2017
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Jordan

2016, 7 pages

This report explores online opportunities and challenges for LGBT people in Jordan, and how digital and traditional media coverage affects the LGBT Arab identity. Same sex relationships are legal in Jordan, but the LGBT community remains subject to discrimination and prejudice. Sexuality in general remains a taboo topic, and sexual expression outside the context of traditional marriage is condemned. Most Jordanians do not know any openly LGBT people and many dismiss homosexuality as part of a dangerous foreign agenda, aligned with Western thought and cultural imperialism. LGBT Jordanians are therefore often torn between their sexuality and their Muslim Arab identity.

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