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.
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.
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."
Singapore: Firms Told Not to Support LGBT Event
(New York) – The government of Singapore should rescind its call for foreign corporations to cease sponsorship of a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) diversity event, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the home affairs minister. The government's June 2016 warning to companies that sponsor the PinkDot festival, an annual LGBT gathering, sends a discriminatory message contrary to basic rights and global business standards.
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