24 May 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on on LGBTI rights


Anything you want - except gay rights, Uzbekistan tells U.N.
by Business Insider, 23 May 2018

Uzbekistan plans to gradually implement hundreds of human rights recommendations from a United Nations council, it said on Wednesday, but it made a point of refusing to decriminalize homosexuality calling it irrelevant to its society. Human rights groups and bodies routinely criticized the government of the mostly Muslim Central Asian nation over human rights issues under President Islam Karimov who ran the country from 1989 until his death in 2016.

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LGBTI activist on pro-Kurdish party’s candidate list
by Ahval News, 22 May 2018

Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has included an LGBTI activist on its candidate list for the parliamentary elections set to take place on June 24, independent news site T24 reported.
Hasan Atik, who is openly gay and an activist for HIV/AIDS patients’ rights, is listed as a parliamentary candidate for the HDP for the northwestern province of Edirne, T24 said.

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Canada Joins Global LGBTI Rights Initiative
by Pridesource, 22 May 2018

Canada is the latest country to join a U.S. initiative that seeks to promote LGBTI rights around the world.
The State Department and the Canadian government in a May 17 press release that announced Canada joined the Global Equality Fund said both countries “recognize that protecting and respecting human rights is the responsibility of all governments, and that the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons are not different or separate from the human rights of anyone else.” The press release also notes Canada’s contribution to the fund will specifically provide “emergency assistance to LGBTI persons under threat of violence.”

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Ghana: Let's Unite to Reject LGBT
by All Africa, 21 May 2018

WE are aware of the covert and overt attempts to impose on Ghana certain alien and unacceptable values that are not in tune with our socio-cultural values and religious beliefs. Certainly, we are referring to the ferocious attempt to influence Ghana to change our laws to contain the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people.

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Luxembourg Halfway to LGBTI Rights Recognition
by Delano News, 18 May 2018

Progress on LGBTI rights in Luxembourg is slow according to Rainbow Europe, which says the country has enshrined in law just 47% of equal rights. In its legal index of equality, the campaigning body ranked Luxembourg eighteenth among 49 European countries which were scored on human rights and equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people in Europe. Within civil society, Luxembourg scored top marks, while equality had been achieved in 89% of family rights. However, Luxembourg lagged behind with regards to LGBTI asylum rights (17%) and local gender recognition and bodily integration (16%). Just over a quarter of goals with regard to equality and non-discrimination and hate crime and hate speech had been achieved, the report read.

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'Full equality': how Netherlands is pointing the way for Australia on LGBT rights
by The Guardian, 17 May 2018

Australian LGBT organisations have been urged by veterans of the successful Dutch campaign for marriage equality to focus their efforts on achieving social acceptance through better gender and sexuality education.

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