28 June 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on LGBTI Rights


Trump's legal Muslim ban will hurt LGBTI people and this is how
by Gaystar, 28 Jun 2018

 The Supreme Court of the United States upheld Donald Trump’s latest iteration of his travel ban, which disproportionately affects people from Muslim-majority countries.
The ban affects seven countries: North Korea, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Venezuela. CNN has a break-down of how it affects immigration and travel for each country.


Osaka to start recognizing LGBT couples from July
by Kyodo News, 28 Jun 2018

The city of Osaka said Wednesday it will begin issuing cards in July serving as proof of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples certified by the city authorities.
The western Japanese city is set to become the eighth municipality in Japan recognizing partnerships of sexual minorities on July 9 in the absence of same-sex marriage in the country.


UN Expert Spotlights LGBT Poverty in Ghana
by Human Rights Watch, 26 Jun 2018

A UN expert on Friday urged Ghana’s government to decriminalize adult consensual same-sex conduct to protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.
The expert, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Phillip Alston, also expressed concern about how stigma and discrimination against LGBT people undermines their ability to find meaningful work. Alston presented his report to the UN Human Rights Council.


Swaziland: First LGBTI Pride in Swaziland
by All Africa, 25 Jun 2018

Deeply conservative Swaziland / Eswatini is to see its first-ever LGBTI pride event on Saturday (30 June 2018). The state police in the kingdom controlled by King Mswati III, sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarch, has granted permission for it to take place.
Homosexual acts are illegal in the tiny kingdom of 1.1 million people where most of the population live under a feudal system isolated in rural areas.


During Pride Month, a Look at LGBT Rights
by Human Rights Watch, 25 Jun 2018

June is Pride Month in many parts of the world, commemorating the Stonewall uprising of June 1969, when lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in New York stood up against police brutality and injustice and demanded fair treatment.
Throughout Pride Month, LGBT people and their allies celebrate their accomplishments achieved since Stonewall, but they also advocate for what needs to be done in order to secure full equal rights and non-discrimination in their own countries and in solidarity with LGBT people elsewhere, in situations where anti-LGBT discrimination and violence are rampant.