Changes implemented in the way transgender offenders are accommodated in Canada’s federal prison system

OTTAWA — An important collaboration spanning several years between the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC), and Prisoners’ Legal Services (PLS) has resulted in changes to the way transgender offenders are accommodated in Canada’s federal prison system. These changes come in the wake of Parliament’s recent change to the Canadian […]

Malaysian state government funding so-called ‘conversion therapy’

The government of a state in Malaysia will allegedly use state-funded clinics offering the debunked practice of conversion therapy to target transgender women. Gay Times reported that Ghazali Taib – council member in Terengganu – told Agency France-Presse: “Transgender women are part of our society. They are our responsibility. In the end, it’s up to […]

Obama: ‘Social media should promote diverse views in a way that doesn’t lead to a Balkanisation of our society’

Former U.S. president Barack Obama has warned that the way people communicate via social media risked splintering society. In an interview conducted by Britain’s Prince Harry, broadcast on BBC radio on Wednesday Obama said, “All of us in leadership have to find ways in which we can recreate a common space on the Internet.” The […]

Chinese human rights activist jailed for eight years

Chinese human rights activist and blogger, Wu Gan was sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday for subversion. The blogger, better known by his online name of Super Vulgar Butcher, has been in pretrial detention for more than two years after staging a protest outside a court. “The court found that the defendant Wu Gan […]

Human rights organizations applaud African Commission’s launch of HIV Report

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire –  On International Human Rights Day, regional human rights organizations have commended the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) on the adoption and launch of the summary version of the Report on the Law and Human Rights in the African Human Rights System: Key Challenges and Opportunities during ICASA 2017 […]

Australian Parliament legalizes marriage equality

CANBERRA — The Australian House of Representatives’ has voted overwhelmingly in favor of marriage equality legislation. The measure passed with only four votes against it. The Australian Senate previously passed the measure by a vote of 43 to 12. After the Governor-General gives the legislation official approval in a formality known as “Royal Assent,” marriage […]

HRC Equidad MX report recognizes 32 LGBT-inclusive workplaces in Mexico

MEXICO CITY — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation in partnership with PEMEX, Mexico’s largest state-owned petroleum company, has launched the 2018 HRC Equidad MX Report, a first-of-its-kind assessment designed to increase LGBT-inclusion in workplaces across Mexico. Thirty-two major major employers earned top ratings in the inaugural report, reflecting their commitment to LGBT equality and adoption […]

Austrian Court rules to legalize marriage equality starting in 2019

Austria’s highest court ruled Tuesday to fully legalize marriage equality by 2019 after declaring the law restricting LGBTQ partnership to civil unions discriminatory. With this historic decision, the current restrictions on LGBTQ Austrians will be overturned on December 31, 2018 and marriage equality will be in full effect starting Jan. 1, 2019. “Today, the differentiation […]

Victor Madrigal-Borloz appointed as new UN independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity

Today, Victor Madrigal-Borloz was appointed the new United Nations Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (IE SOGI). The Human Rights Council formally confirmed his position as the IE SOGI in a plenary. Victor Madrigal-Borloz follows Thai human rights expert Vitit Muntarbhorn in the position, as Professor […]

On World AIDS Day, UNAIDS warns that men are less likely to access HIV treatment and more likely to die of AIDS-related illnesses

OTTAWA/GENEVA—Today, World AIDS Day, UNAIDS has released a new report showing that men are less likely to take an HIV test, less likely to access antiretroviral therapy and more likely to die of AIDS-related illnesses than women. The Blind spot shows that globally less than half of men living with HIV are on treatment, compared […]

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