05 July 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on on LGBTI rights


Milestone research will change the game for LGBTI people in the Philippines
by Gaystar News, 05 Jul 2018

The Legal Gender Recognition in the Philippines: A Legal and Policy Review produced as part of UNDP’s Being LGBTI in Asia Programme is a one of those milestone knowledge product worth holding in your hand a bit longer before finding its way to the office bookshelf.
The report is a result of a series of consultations involving the LGBTI community, and key stakeholders from government, civil society organizations, along with human rights groups.

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Hong Kong moves closer to achieving LGBTI equality with landmark judgment
by Amnesty International, 05 Jul 2018

In response to the ruling by Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal upholding as unlawful the government’s refusal to issue a dependant visa to a woman in a same-sex civil partnership, Jan Wetzel, Senior Legal Advisor at Amnesty International, said: 
“This judgment is a milestone for Hong Kong and a watershed moment for the rights of LGBTI people across Asia. It recognizes that same-sex couples legally married or in civil partnerships overseas should be able to live with their partners in the same way as opposite-sex couples.

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UK to ban discredited 'gay cure' therapies under LGBT action plan
by Peter Walker, The Guardian, 03 Jul 2018

The government will appoint a national LGBT health adviser and take measures to end so-called conversion therapy as part of a plan to deliver what Theresa May has promised will be “real and lasting change”.
The proposals form part of an action plan published by the Equalities Office on Tuesday. It follows a UK-wide survey of LGBT people that had more than 108,000 responses, billed as the largest study of its kind.

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Indonesia: Anti-LGBT Crackdown Fuels Health Crisis
by Human Rights Watch, 01 Jul 2018

Indonesian authorities are fueling an HIV epidemic through complicity in discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The government’s failure to halt arbitrary and unlawful raids by police and militant Islamists on private LGBT gatherings has effectively derailed public health outreach efforts to vulnerable populations.

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Turkish police disperse LGBTI activists holding banned march
by Miami Herald, 01 Jul 2018

ISTANBUL --  Turkey's lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex activists gathered Sunday for an LGBTI pride march in Istanbul, moving from street to street for an hour as police tried to end an event the local government had banned for the fourth year in a row.
Hundreds of people chanted slogans and waved rainbow flags on side streets along Istiklal Avenue, Istanbul's main pedestrian thoroughfare. The organizers released a statement saying the city's ban would not deter them from marching peacefully.
Despite the ban, police allowed the organizers to read a press statement. "We do not recognize this ban," the group said in the statement read out loud by a volunteer, calling the prohibition imposed by Istanbul's governor "comical."

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