Reuters Foundation 'Newsmaker' panel discussion on HIV/AIDS
Media coverage of HIV/AIDS ? and how to keep the pandemic in the news spotlight despite compassion fatigue ? was the theme of a lively Reuters Foundation 'Newsmaker' panel discussion in the Auditorium of Reuters London headquarters on Wednesday 29 November.
Indonesia: Release Gay Men at Risk of Torture
(New York – April 10, 2017) – Indonesian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release two men detained in Aceh province under a local ordinance that criminalizes homosexuality, Human Rights Watch said today.
On the night of March 28, 2017, unidentified vigilantes forcibly entered a home and brought two men found there to the police for allegedly having same-sex relations. The two men, in their twenties, have been detained at a Wilayatul Hisbah, a Sharia (Islamic law) police facility in Banda Aceh, the provincial capital. The chief inspector indicated that the men had confessed to being gay and would be detained for sentencing. Under Aceh's Islamic Criminal Code (Qanun Jinayah), they face up to 100 lashes in publ
Saudi Arabia: Investigate Transgender Woman's Death
(Beirut) – Saudi Arabia should investigate the death of a Pakistani transgender woman at a Riyadh police station following a raid on an event space in late February 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. Saudi authorities should also immediately release five Pakistanis who remain in detention if they are held only on suspicion of committing morality related "offenses."
Bangladesh: Halt Mass Arbitrary Arrests
(New York) – The Bangladeshi authorities should investigate attacks on secular writers, gay rights activists, and religious minorities, and identify and prosecute the perpetrators, but should immediately stop arbitrarily arresting people without proper evidence of a crime, Human Rights Watch said today, following the arrest of several thousand people in recent days.
Kenya: Court Upholds Forced Anal Exams
(Nairobi) – A Kenyan Court has ruled that forced anal examinations and forced HIV and Hepatitis B tests of men suspected of homosexual conduct are constitutional, the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC) and Human Rights Watch said today. The deeply disappointing ruling would allow the government to continue these abusive practices and to use the test results as "evidence" in criminal prosecutions for consensual same-sex conduct.
Japan: Anti-Bullying Policy to Protect LGBT Students
(Tokyo, March 24, 2017) – Japan's updated national bullying prevention policy will for the first time protect sexual and gender minority students, Human Rights Watch said today. The measure will boost Japan's reputation regionally and internationally on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights.