Kuwait dictatorship persecutes LGBTQ teenagers


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From Bikya Masr:

Kuwait morality police arrest LGBT teenagers

10 June 2012

CAIRO: Kuwait’s morality police have reportedly arrested at least 10 LGBT teenagers in the country for “satanic rituals” under a crackdown in the name of “morality.”

Security sources in the country have said that the LGBT youth were targeted under “vice” claims.

PinkNews.co.uk reported that the 10 teenagers between the ages of 16- and 18-years-old were arrested on June 8 after police alleged the rituals and “indecent acts” taking place.

The Kuwaiti daily al-Rai in addition claimed that they are also “suspected of homosexuality.”

Kuwaiti police “received complaints” the group held nightly meetings in a disused building in Al-Sharq district of Kuwait city, the report said.

Brigadier General Hossein Shirazi referred the matter to the Criminal Investigation Department of Kuwait.

Al-Rai has also reported that 20 men and one woman were arrested in the areas of Salamiya and Hawalli of Kuwait city for “suspicious parties.”

The al-Anba daily claimed the number of people arrested was 27 in several suspect apartments where they usually meet to commit “immoral activities.”

Al-Rai claimed that some of the suspects were arrested in previous raids and were released after signing a document that they will not repeat their “activities.”

The daily Al-anba reports that in other raids held yesterday against illegal migrants some were found to be conducting ‘immoral activities’ and running ‘brothels’.

Last week a municipal park restroom was closed for suspected ‘immoral activities of homosexuals’, two ‘European’ men who were sighted by the police managed to escape. Criminal investigators were assigned to “monitor the location’.

These ‘morality campaigns’ that have greatly intensified this year are ‘continuous and relentless’, a transgender Kuwaiti activist stated.

She reported that in fact ‘many of the people arrested are just having private parties, but the police allege they were engaged in prostitution, drinking, and so called “immoral activities”.

“The laws in Kuwait allow the police to violate the principle of ‘innocent until proven guilty.’ Charges are often fabricated and thus this is essentially an assault and violation of people’s right to dignity and a fair trial,” the report added.

Briefing: Decriminalising homosexuality in Belize: here.

Swaziland dictatorship and homophobia


This video is called Swaziland’s monarchy faces protests over ‘joke’ election.

From Swazi Media Commentary:

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

TIMES‘ GAY HATE: CALL TO OMBUDSMAN

A formal complaint has been lodged against Swaziland’s Times Sunday and its writer Qalakaliboli Dlamini after the newspaper published an article encouraging hatred of gays.

The Times readers’ ombudsman has been asked to investigate a complaint that Dlamini broke the Swaziland National Association of Journalists’ code of ethics.

Prof Richard Rooney, former head of the department of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Swaziland, has written to the ombudsman to ask for a formal investigation.

The ombudsman adjudicates on complaints readers have against articles published in the Times group of newspapers.

Rooney wrote, ‘The article contained a lengthy attack on homosexuals and included the phrase, “I hate homosexuality with every fibre of hair or flesh in my body.” Dlamini also wrote homosexuals performed “satanic deeds” and were an “abomination”.

‘Dlamini’s article contrives Article 13 of the Swaziland National Association of Journalists code of ethics which states, “Hate speech: ‘Journalists shall avoid by all means the publication of speech that might promote hatred, spite and conflict amongst the Swazi or any other nation.”

‘Hate speech is a type of speech or writing which can do any of the following: deliberately offend, degrade, intimidate, or incite violence or prejudicial action against someone based on their race, ethnicity, profession, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. It can be aimed at an individual; or racial, ethnic, religious or other group. Such speech generally seeks to condemn or dehumanize the individual or group; or express anger, hatred, violence or contempt toward them.’

Already many readers have lodged complaints against the article on the Times’ website and the Swaziland Coalition of Concerned Civic Organisations has asked Times Managing Editor Mbingo Mbongeni to take ‘positive action’ against Dlamini.

Also from Swazi Media Commentary:

Swaziland: More Self-Censorship At ‘Times

9 May 2012

The Times of Swaziland, the kingdom’s only independent daily newspaper, has for the second day running censored itself in its reporting of King Mswati III.

Today (9 May 2012), the Times reports on a Gallup poll that asked Swazi people whether they approved of the King’s leadership.

According to the newspaper, the King ‘received a majority vote from the Swazi people’.

Today’s publication follows a report in the Times yesterday that the Swazi Government had received only 40 percent of Swazi approval in the same Gallup poll. The Times made no reference to the King’s poll rating in that report.

The Times was criticised yesterday by Swazi Media Commentary for censoring itself by not reporting the poll result for King Mswati, who is sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch.

Today, the Times responded with its report on the King’s rating.

But, although the report says the King received a ‘majority vote’ of his people, it does not give the figures.

That is because the King received only 56 percent approval – another 43 percent of the Swazis interviewed by Gallup disapproved of the King’s leadership.

The real story is not the number who approve of the King, but the 43 percent who disapprove.

In Swaziland, the mainstream media do not allow any criticism of the King. Instead they are likely to play up the importance of the King and report that his subjects unreservedly love him.

Also, the King has strict control over his subjects’ lives, especially the 75 percent who live in rural areas. Chiefs of areas are the King’s representative and they can decide who is able to live and work in the area. If you criticise the King, you upset the chief, and you can be sent into exile.

This means that when people have criticisms of the King, they keep them to themselves.

So, the fact that more than four in ten people are prepared to tell a Gallup pollster they disapprove of the King’s leadership is a significant development and might encourage others who have been too scared to voice their objection.

The Times newspaper knows this and that’s why it censored itself in the report.

USA: Chris Hedges | Homophobia Threatens to Turn Democracy Into a Fundamentalist Theocracy.
Chris Hedges, Truthdig: “The long-term unemployment, the collapse of housing prices, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the draconian cuts in social spending have created a climate in which the vulnerable, the different, the marginal – from Muslims to undocumented workers to homosexuals – are blamed for the nation’s decline, White argues. This climate is fueling a culture of hate”: here.

US fundamentalist Christians persecute gay Ugandans


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From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Gay activists begin Lively legal action in Uganda

Thursday 15 March 2012

by Our Foreign Desk

An African gay rights group filed a lawsuit in Massachusetts on Wednesday against a US evangelist over allegations that he has waged a decade-long campaign to persecute homosexuals in Uganda.

The suit was filed in federal court in Springfield against minister Scott Lively under a statute that Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMU) says allows non-citizens to file US court actions for violations of international law.

The complaint claims Mr Lively issued a call in Uganda to fight against a “genocidal” and “paedophilic” gay movement, which he reportedly likened to “the nazis and Rwandan murderers.”

The suit asks for a judgement that his alleged incitement is illegal and violates international law and human rights.

Senior SMU activist Frank Mugisha said the group was targeting Mr Lively for “helping spread propaganda and violence” against Uganda’s gay community, which endures widespread discrimination and legal restrictions. “We hope that he will be held accountable for what he did in Uganda,” said Mr Mugisha. “We want to send out a clear message to him and to others.”

Mr Lively of Abiding Truth Ministries is one of a handful of US pastors whom Ugandan gay activists accuse of having helped draft the original version of the African country’s draconian anti-homosexuality Bill.

The Bill called for the death penalty for Aids sufferers convicted of having had sex with a member of the same sex. It has since been revamped to replace the death penalty with life imprisonment as a maximum sentence.

About 70 protesters marched about half a mile from the US District Court in Springfield to Mr Lively’s business, the Holy Grounds Coffee House.

They dressed in black and beat drums, carrying signs with the names of persecuted Ugandans and coffins to symbolise the scores of gay people who have been killed by bigots in the developing country.

See also here.

This video is called Frank Mugisha of Sexual Minorities Uganda Sends Message to EQUAL Youth and Supporters.

Uganda will pass a new law against homosexuality by the end of 2012 as a “Christmas gift” to its advocates, the speaker of parliament has said: here.

No Contraceptives Means More Illegal Abortions in Uganda: here.

Liberia Swears It Is Not Homophobic despite some evidence: here.

USA: Gay Marriage Effort Attracts a Novel Group of Donors. Adam Nagourney and Brooks Barnes, The New York Times News Service: “[There is a] dramatic evolution of a behind-the-scenes fund-raising network whose goal is to legalize same-sex marriage from coast to coast…. They come from Hollywood, yes, but also from Wall Street and Washington and the corporate world; there are Republicans as well as Democrats; and perhaps most strikingly, longtime gay organizers said, there has been an influx of contributions from straight donors unlike anything they have seen before”: here.

Kony 2012 group on the defensive amid WikiLeaks spy rumors: here.

Is homophobia an expression of repressing same sex desire? New studies say yes. Here.

Two men were charged with a federal hate crime on Thursday for assaulting a gay man, marking the first time that the law has been applied in a US case alleging homophobia: here.

British government apology on homophobia after 55 years


From the New York Times in the USA:

Britain: Apology to Gay Mathematician

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Published: September 11, 2009

Prime Minister Gordon Brown apologized Friday to the mathematician Alan Turing, who committed suicide in 1954 after he was tried and convicted of “gross indecency” for being homosexual.

Mr. Brown said that Turing had been treated “terribly” and that the outcome of World War II could have been quite different had it not been for Turing’s efforts in cracking German codes, notably the Enigma coding machine. Turing is often hailed for his influence on modern computing. Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for a formal apology from the government, though Turing has no known surviving family, The Daily Telegraph reported. Writing in the newspaper, Mr. Brown said: “On behalf of the British government, and all those who live freely thanks to Alan’s work, I am very proud to say: We’re sorry. You deserved so much better.” Turing was sentenced, as an alternative to prison, to chemical castration by a series of injections of female hormones, the prime minister noted.

See also here.

Comment: Brown’s apology to Alan Turing is not good enough: here. And here.

A Mind from Math: No one did more to build the foundation of computer science than Turing: here.

Homophobia in Britain: here. And here.

Gay Australians want marriage, not partnerships: here.

GAY RIGHTS IN THE FORMER EAST GERMAN DDR: here.

UGANDA – ON THE CUSP OF INTRODUCING DEATH PENALTY FOR GAYS: here.

The Ugandan government will put to death gay citizens repeatedly caught having sex and throw into jail those who touch each other in a “gay” way, if a new proposed Bill becomes law: here.