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LGBT Rights

  • Apr 17, 2015
    A new Malawi law that sets 18 as the minimum age for marriage is an important step toward preventing child marriage. The Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act (Marriage Act) of 2015 became law following the president’s assent. Malawi’s child marriage rates are among the highest in the world, with one out of two girls married before they turn 18.
  • Apr 15, 2015
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  • Apr 14, 2015
    The United Nations Security Council should act to prevent and address sexual violence in armed conflict, including promoting greater participation of women in peacebuilding efforts, Human Rights Watch said today. On April 13, 2015, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made public a report on conflict-related sexual violence in 19 countries during 2014 that described challenges due to poor monitoring, limited support services, and lack of accountability.
  • Apr 10, 2015
  • Apr 9, 2015

    President Obama's visit to Jamaica presented a good opportunity for him to discuss Jamaica's human rights record, including the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, during bilateral talks with the prime minister.

  • Apr 2, 2015
    A court in Saint Petersburg will hear a case against an online group on April 6, 2015, for allegedly violating Russia’s anti-LGBT “propaganda law”. Russian authorities should drop the charges and stop harassing the LGBT group, Deti 404.
  • Apr 2, 2015
    Human Rights Watch welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the Committee on the Rights of the Child (the “Committee”) for its General Comment on the rights of adolescents. Human Rights Watch has carried out extensive research on the rights of adolescents in the areas of child labor, detention, immigration, education, early marriage, reproductive health, LGBT rights, and adolescents with disabilities. The following recommendations are based on our research findings and analysis.
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