27 Jun 2019 - NPWJ News Digest on LGBTI rights


UN report lauds decriminalisation of gay sex by SC
Times of India, 27 Jun 2019

The UN Women report on the “progress of the world’s women 2019-2020” draws attention to the rights of the LGBTI community and to mark progress made in Asia, India finds space here in the backdrop of the Supreme Court of India judgement that read down section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. 


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“The Deceased Can’t Speak for Herself:” Violence Against LGBT People in Malaysia
Human Rights Watch, 25 Jun 2019

The New Year rang in little cheer for transgender women in Malaysia. On January 1, a trans woman was killed in Klang, a Kuala Lumpur suburb, the third such killing in Malaysia in fewer than two months. Her death remains under police investigation. Like so many trans women in Malaysia excluded from the formal employment sector, this woman was a sex worker. She died falling—or was possibly thrown—from a moving vehicle. 

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Fifty years after Stonewall riots: Pride, protest and a hunger for equality
Amnesty International , 25 Jun 2019

Fifty years ago, nine New York police officers stormed the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street and began aggressively searching the bar’s patrons. They demanded identification and arrested anyone they suspected of being gay or dressed in a way that didn’t conform to mainstream society’s narrow understanding of gender.

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Ukraine hosts biggest ever gay pride parade
Reuters, 23 Jun 2019

Ukrainian politicians and foreign diplomats joined thousands marching in a gay pride parade in Kiev on Sunday, the biggest and most peaceful ever in the former Soviet country. Crowds of people, many dressed in bright colors, paraded along streets in the center of the Ukrainian capital, holding up banners saying “Diversity is beautiful”, “Human rights = happy country”, “No violence - yes rights!”.

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