17 May 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on on LGBTI rights


Beirut Pride cancels LGBT events after arrest of organiser
by Middle East Eye, 17 May 2018

The organiser of Beirut Pride said he was held overnight by Lebanese authorities who released him only when he signed a pledge to cancel the week's remaining events. Lebanon last year became the first Arab country to hold a Pride week, though the opening event was cancelled because of safety concerns after threats of violence.

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International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia “Alliances for Solidarity”
by UNDP, 17 May 2018

Everyone is born free and equal in dignity and rights. Today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, a day to raise awareness of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender, and intersex people. Despite progress in many countries, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people (LGBTI) still face high levels of violence and inequalities in public and in private, including in family settings and in the workplace, mainly because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.  

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Which European countries have the best and worst LGBT rights?
by Euronews, 17 May 2018

Countries across Europe need to do more to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people, according to a new index, which says law and policy advances have slowed down across the region. The ‘Rainbow Europe’ index, released today by advocacy group ILGA-Europe, ranks 49 countries in the region on their LGBTI equality laws and policies, giving them a score between 0% (gross violations of human rights, discrimination) and 100% (respect for human rights, full equality).

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State-sponsored homophobia forces LGBT community to lay low
by The Jakarta Post, 17 May 2018

As the world is commemorating International Day Against Homophobia on May 17, Indonesian lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people have been laying low in response to actions and statements from government officials over the past two years that could be perceived as state homophobia.  Among the most recent such activity was a banner circulating on social media this month that drew criticism from netizens. The banner, signed by the West Java Social Affairs Agency, campaigned for “war against societal illnesses” including “LGBT”.

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