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Jamaican activist ends challenge to anti-sodomy law

Jamaican activist ends challenge to anti-sodomy law

The Associated Press reports:

Javed Jaghai

Javed Jaghai of the LGBT rights group J-FLAG.

A young Jamaican gay rights activist who brought an unprecedented legal challenge to the Caribbean island’s anti-sodomy law has withdrawn the claim after growing fearful about violent backlashes, advocacy groups and colleagues said Friday.

Last year, Javed Jaghai made headlines after initiating a constitutional court…

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Sierra Leone threat: Stop activism or we’ll spread ebola rumor

Sierra Leone threat: Stop activism or we’ll spread ebola rumor

Front Line Defenders, which supports human rights activists, issued this press release on Aug. 28:

Sierra Leone – Threats against human rights defender Ms Mary Conteh

Location of Makeni in Siera Leone. (Map courtesy of WIkimedia Commons)

Location of Makeni in Siera Leone. (Map courtesy of WIkimedia Commons)

On 28 August 2014, human rights defender Ms Mary Conteh received a call from an unknown number where the caller threatened to spread false information that she…

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Un étudiant gay du Ghana confronté par des menaces - la police l’arrête!

Un étudiant gay du Ghana confronté par des menaces – la police l’arrête!

Publié le 27 août 2014

par Colin Stewart

XXX in police custody. (Photo courtesy of PeaceFMonline.com)

Yakubu Abdul Kadrito en détention (Photo de PeaceFMonline.com)

La police du nord du Ghana en Afrique de l’Ouest ont arrêté un étudiant de 21 ans, en réponse aux menaces des résidents qu’ils le tueraient pour porter des vêtements de femme, avoir des relations sexuelles gay et pour rechercher des partenaires gays.

Le commandant de la police dans la petite…

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Attention au Liban: La police piège des suspects gays

Attention au Liban: La police piège des suspects gays

Publié le 27 août 2014

Par Colin Stewart

Logo of Helem

Logo de Helem

La police libanaise ont intensifié leur campagne contre les personnes LGBTI en utilisant les téléphones mobiles de personnes arrêtées pour essayer de piéger d’autres hommes gays, selon Helem, l’organisation de défense des droits LGBTI du Liban.

Helem a publié cet avertissement aujourd’hui:

ANNONCE URGENTE:

Helem a appris que le poste de…

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Jamaican police propose LGBT shelter, raid gully again

Jamaican police propose LGBT shelter, raid gully again

New Kingston Police Supt. Christopher Murdock. (Photo courtesy of CVM News)

New Kingston Police Supt. Christopher Murdock. (Photo courtesy of CVM News)

Jamaican police have again raided the gully where dozens of homeless LGBT youth have taken refuge.

Police have often raided the storm water diversion gully, sometimes called a sewer, even though a Jamaican court ruled  in March that the youths, who have nowhere else to go, have a right to be there because gullies are…

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Ghana student faces anti-gay threats, so police arrest him

Ghana student faces anti-gay threats, so police arrest him

Yakubu Abdul Kadrito in police custody. (Photo courtesy of PeaceFMonline.com)

Yakubu Abdul Kadrito in police custody. (Photo courtesy of PeaceFMonline.com)

Police in northern Ghana in West Africa have arrested a 21-year-old student in response to area residents’ threats that they would kill him for wearing women’s clothing, having gay sex and seeking gay partners.

The police commander in the small town of Walewale, capital of the West Mamprusi district, said police…

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Warning: Lebanon police call to entrap gay suspects

Warning: Lebanon police call to entrap gay suspects

Logo of Helem

Logo of Helem

Lebanese police have intensified their campaign against LGBTI people by using arrestees’  mobile phones to try to entrap other allegedly gay men,  according to Helem, Lebanon’s LGBTQI advocacy organisation.

Helem issued this warning today:

URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT:

Helem has learned that the Hobeich police station has been arresting individuals in Beirut and going through their WHATSAPP…

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'76 Crimes' on radio: The latest battles for LGBTI justice

’76 Crimes’ on radio: The latest battles for LGBTI justice

Click on the image to read the article "32 anti-gay African leaders, 32 smiling Obama photos."

Click on the image to read the article “32 anti-gay African leaders, 32 smiling Obama photos.”

Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart

The Erasing 76 Crimes blog and the anti-gay laws of 76-plus countries moved to center stage last weekend during a 15-minute interview of editor/publisher Colin Stewart on the radio show/podcast “State of Belief.”

The show’s host, the Rev. Welton Gaddy, called the blog “an invaluable…

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12 still in Lebanese jail 17 days after Turkish bath raid

12 still in Lebanese jail 17 days after Turkish bath raid

Promotional photo for Agha Hamman.

Photo promotionnelle de Agha Hamman.

Twelve men remain in detention 17 days after they were arrested at a Turkish bath during an Aug. 9 raid by Lebanon’s national police and security force.

Helem, Lebanon’s LGBTQI advocacy organisation, provided that update today, citing the gay-friendly Lebanese human rights group The Legal Agenda. Helem stated:

“An article on the status of the Agha Hammam…

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Comment: Africa isn’t anti-gay, ‘just hopelessly confused’

Comment: Africa isn’t anti-gay, ‘just hopelessly confused’

An insightful commentary in the pan-African publication Mail & Guardian Africa notes not only that African countries are far from united in their attitudes toward homosexuality, but also that many individual countries have self-contradictory laws. An excerpt from the article “Forgive it. Africa is not anti-gay; the continent is just hopelessly confused”:

African countries where homosexuality is legal. (Click on the image for an interactive version of the map on the Mail & Guardian Africa website)

African countries where homosexuality is…

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