28 Nov 2019 - NPWJ News Digest on LGBTI Rights


Hungary pulls out of Eurovision amid rise in anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric
The Guardian, 27 Nov 2019

Hungary will not participate in next year’s Eurovision song contest, amid speculation the decision was taken because the competition is “too gay” for the taste of the country’s far-right government and public media bosses.


South Korea Shouldn’t Backslide on LGBT Rights
Human Rights Watch, 27 Nov 2019

Conservative lawmakers in South Korea have already blocked the passage of nondiscrimination laws that would protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and other minorities. Now, they’re trying to defang one of the few watchdogs protecting LGBT rights in the country.


Leading LGBT+ activist found dead in Haiti
Reuters, 26 Nov 2019

A leading LGBT+ activist has been found dead at his home in Haiti, rights supporters said on Tuesday, prompting concerns about the safety of the LGBT+ community in the Caribbean nation.


Ukraine: Authorities must guarantee safety and security of Trans March participants
Amnesty International , 22 Nov 2019

The Ukrainian authorities must ensure the safety and security of all participants in the Trans March taking place in Kyiv tomorrow, Amnesty International said, warning that participants are at serious risk of violent attacks. In 2018 the police failed to protect participants in a similar peaceful rally from violent groups who hurled abuse and threw smoke grenades.


Trans Woman Wins Landmark Court Case in Zimbabwe
The Advocate, 19 Nov 2019

In a landmark ruling, a court in Zimbabwe has awarded damages to transgender woman Ricky “Rikki” Nathanson in her lawsuit against police for unlawful arrest, malicious prosecution, and emotional distress, all stemming from her arrest for using a women’s restroom in a bar.