Monday, November 07, 2016

No Countries For Gay Men

African Countries Demand The U.N. Get Rid Of Independent LGBT Watchdog
Being gay is a crime in 73 countries

In June, the U.N. appointed Vitit Muntarbhorn to investigate abuses against LGBT and intersex people around the world.
But on Friday, representatives from several African countries called for Muntarbhorn’s position to be suspended.
The member states released a draft of a resolution questioning the legality of Muntarbhorn’s role, claiming they were concerned “non-internationally agreed notions such as sexual orientation and gender identity are given attention, to the detriment of issues of paramount importance, such as the right to development and the racism agenda.”
Representing the 54-member Africa group, Botswana’s U.N. Ambassador Charles Ntwaagae said sexual orientation and gender identity “are not and should not be linked to existing international human rights instruments.”
The resolution will have to be voted on in committee, and then by the General Assembly, to pass.
While the United Nations has stepped up efforts to address the needs of LGBT people worldwide, efforts from countries that stigmatize homosexuality have hamstrung their work:
In 2014, Saudi Arabia, Russia, China and Iran were among the nations that tried to stop the U.N. from recognizing the same-sex marriages of all employees. This year, 51 Muslim states blocked gay organizations from officially attending a high-level U.N. meeting on AIDS.
Source: New Now Next, Dan Avery, November 7, 2016

Indonesian University launches programme to ‘normalise’ LGBT people

"The new guidance will help bring LGBT people 'back to normalcy.'”

The head of an Indonesian university has initiated a program to “normalise” gay students.
The State University of Gorontalo (UNG) in northern Indonesia issued the new policies which target members of the LGBT community.
Syamsu Qamar Badu, the rector of the university, announced that a “special team” will be employed to look out for and offer counselling to students who they suspect may be within the community.
“This identification process will not be easy, but we can’t just let it happen if there are male students wearing lipstick on campus,” Badu said.
Badu hopes the programme will create a “college of civilisation”, and that the new guidance will help bring LGBT people “back to normalcy.”
LGBT advocacy groups have protested the plan. One activist said: “UNG must guarantee non-discriminatory education for people of whatever sexual orientation.”
Wahiyudin Mamonto, head of the Institute for Research and Human Resources Development of Nahdlatul Ulama, told the Jakarta Post: “The policy is based on mere hatred.
Homosexuality has never been illegal in the Islamic country, but attitudes towards LGBT people have become steadily more extreme in recent years despite a growing gay population. The Indonesian Psychiatric Association (PDSKJI) still classifies homosexuality as an illness.
The country has agreed to block dozens of gay websites and apps in a crackdown on so-called “gay propaganda”.
The only transgender boarding school has been forced to close after being branded “immoral.”
A gay couple have been arrested in Indonesia for a photo showing them kissing that appeared on Facebook.
The 22 year old university student and his 24 year old boyfriend were arrested on the island of Sulawesi after other Facebook users complained to police about the photo.
However, the President of Indonesia has broken his silence on the country’s rising political culture of homophobia, finally insisting that LGBT people must be protected.
Source: Pink News, November 6, 2016

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