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Prosecutor Accused Them of “Imitating Women”

Update: On March 4, 2020, the Court of Appeal in Nouakchott confirmed the conviction of the eight defendants but reduced their original sentences to six months in prison, suspended for seven of the defendants. The court sentenced the eighth…
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Welcome Progress is States Defending Sexual Minorities Even When Public Opinion is Hostile

Taiwanese gay rights activists have celebrated the island's historic move to legalize same-sex marriage with a mass wedding banquet for twenty couples and more than 1,000 guests, with hundreds more well-wishers picnicking outside the venue to show…
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Marriage Equality Law a First for Asia

Crowds waving rainbow flags broke into cheers – and tears of joy – as news spread that Taiwan’s lawmakers had passed a bill today allowing same-sex couples to marry. Starting May 24, same-sex couples will be able to tie the…
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The clock is ticking on the deadline set by the Constitutional Court of Taiwan to amend the law to allow same-sex couples to marry. On May 24, 2017, the court declared Taiwan’s existing marriage law unconstitutional on grounds of…
Supporters of same-sex marriage take part in a rally outside Presidential Office Building in Taipei, Taiwan, December 10, 2016.
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The November 24 referendum on same-sex marriage in Taiwan delivered disappointing results to proponents of marriage equality. But while it sheds light on current public opinion in Taiwan, it’s not the end of the road for same-sex…
Participants in LGBT Pride Parade in Taipei, Taiwan on October 27, 2018.
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Politicians Should Show Leadership on Marriage Equality

There are 25 countries in the world where same-sex couples can get married. Taiwan is not yet one. On May 23, I visited Taipei at the invitation of Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan. I met with activists campaigning for…
Participants take part in a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride parade in Taipei, Taiwan, October 28, 2017.
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Videos, Report Highlight Issues of Identity, Activism

(Beirut, April 16, 2018) – Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activists from Arabic-speaking countries in the Middle East and North Africa are defying state-sponsored repression and social stigma, Human Rights Watch and the…
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Summary Every day I fear for my safety living in this country because of my sexual orientation. I am alive but if anyone ever find out and wanted to find out, they can kill me …I am an easy target for anything. —Peter, Dominica,…
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Repeal Colonial-Era Laws

(Bridgetown, Barbados, March 21, 2018) – Discriminatory laws in Eastern Caribbean countries make lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people targets for discrimination, violence and abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report…
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Respond to Youth Demands, Gain Respect in the World

(Beirut) – Middle East and North Africa (MENA) governments can respond to the popular demands of the region’s youth for reform by implementing five changes in 2018 to arbitrary, outdated legal systems that infringe upon citizens’ rights and liberties,…
Demonstration outside Parliament on December 6, 2016, with women in white dresses and wrapped in bandages, calling for the repeal of article 522 of the penal code.
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At first glance, 2017 seems to have been a good year for marriage equality the world over. But the year ends on a negative note. Let’s start in Europe. In Germany and Malta, two European Union member states, legislation came…
Same-sex couple get married at a registry office in Germany.
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Court Ruling Opens the Way to Marriage Equality

Taiwan’s constitutional court this week paved the way for marriage equality in the country by striking down the legal definition of marriage as “between a man and a woman.” The landmark decision declared this limited…
Supporters hug each other during a rally after Taiwan's constitutional court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to legally marry, the first such ruling in Asia, in Taipei, Taiwan May 24, 2017.
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Last month, 10,000 people demonstrated in Taipei opposing marriage equality. They held up signs denouncing “the destruction of the family and marriage itself.” Opponents of marriage equality have used that argument in other nations, too, but their fears…
Supporters of same-sex marriage take part in a rally outside Presidential Office Building in Taipei, Taiwan, December 10, 2016.
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Government Should Prosecute Violence, Prohibit Discrimination

(New York) - The killing of Ebru Soykan, a prominent transgender human rights activist, on March 10, 2009, shows a continuing climate of violence based on gender identity that authorities should urgently take steps to combat, Human Rights Watch said today…