Cheikh Traore writes: "Contrary to what the international media would have you believe, there have been narrow windows opening for LGBT Africans in the past decade. These changes have occurred in legislation, judiciary decisions, courts, health policies and more importantly in shifting public opinions among the youth. There are lessons to be learned and numerous Africans to be praised for championing change."
29 September 2015 | Africasacountry
The global vision to end AIDS by 2030 requires a strong rights-based approach, yet the new draft UNAIDS strategy makes only fleeting reference to FGM and child marriage.
22 September 2015 | Key Correspondents
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe does not hide his disdain for gays and lesbians and is on record describing homosexuals as “worse that pigs and dogs” and homosexuality as a “white problem". Now, with less than three months before the opening of the International Conference on Aids and STIs in Africa (ICASA) conference set for December, Mugabe will once again be in the spotlight. Senior officials within government and in particular the National Aids Council (NAC) indicated that there seems to have been a climb-down within government following a realisation that “alienating these key populations would work against government efforts to reduce the prevalence of HIV and Aids”.
08 September 2015 | The Standard, Zimbabwe
Laws affecting funding, requiring registration and prohibiting protest are among controls that are making it difficult for NGOs and other campaign groups.
27 August 2015 | The Guardian
The resolution recommends that Amnesty International develop a policy that supports the full decriminalization of all aspects of consensual sex work. The policy will also call on states to ensure that sex workers enjoy full and equal legal protection from exploitation, trafficking and violence.
12 August 2015 | Amnesty International
To hit the fast track running and live up to the visibility it has laudably given to human rights and gender, UNAIDS should commit strategy, budget and staff to integrating its human rights analysis into its models and targets. We can make law and policy a routine part of countries’ health planning, programming and reporting work. Just as it would be if we were talking about lung cancer.
11 August 2015 | Meg Davis
Several developed nations, including the United Kingdom and Brazil, had wanted to have language in the agreement which could have been interpreted to include protecting the rights of transgender persons and sexual minorities but these were stripped from the final text that member states will approve.
07 August 2015 | Gay Star News
The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) would like to take this opportunity to express our support for Amnesty International’s Resolution and draft policy calling for the decriminalisation of sex work, tabled for adoption at the International Council Meeting, 6 - 11th August 2015.
30 July 2015 | Global Network of Sex Work Projects
The document results from of extensive research and consultation globally over a period of seven years. It establish conceptual references to guide the application of human rights and the the law to sexual health in relation to barriers to sexual services, information on sexual health and violence.
22 June 2015 | Sexuality Policy Watch
The U.N. human rights chief said in a new report that lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people are victims of "pervasive, violent abuse, harassment and discrimination" in all regions of the world and cites hundreds of hate-related killings. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein said actions by some countries to reduce violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity since the last report in 2011 have been overshadowed by continuing human rights violations against these groups, too often perpetrated with impunity.
See http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Discrimination/A.HRC.19.41_English.pdf for report.
02 June 2015 | Associated Press