29 March 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on LGBTI rights


Northern Ireland equal marriage bill introduced in House of Commons
by The Irish Times, 29 Mar 2018

MPs have voted to give a second reading to a bill that would give same-sex couples in Northern Ireland the right to marry.

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The Philippines' Duterte wants to legalize same-sex marriage but not divorce
by Business Insider, 26 Mar 2018

Last week, the Philippines' legislature took major steps towards introducing a law that would legalize divorce in the only country, aside from the Vatican, without a legal provision for ending a marriage.

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Nigeria: Time to re-think opposition to LGBT rights
by the Guardian Opinion, 26 Mar 2018

The Nigerian state continues to oppose same-sex marriage and the respect for human  rights of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) persons locally and internationally. Africa’s most populous nation has been unrelenting in letting the world know why it deemed it justified treating LGBT persons as criminals, not as citizens. 

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Kenya: Court Finds Forced Anal Exams Unconstitutional
by Human Rights Watch, 22 Mar 2018

(Nairobi) – A Court of Appeal in Mombasa,  Kenya, ruled on March 22, 2018, that conducting forced anal examinations on people who are accused of same-sex relations is unconstitutional, Human Rights Watch said today. It was a resounding victory for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights activits in Kenya and beyond.

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