Gender and sexuality

Finland: European Court ruling a blow to transgender rights

17 July 2014, 08:51AM 2 comments - add yours

A woman from Finland who came out as transgender during her marriage should be allowed to be legally recognized as a female without changing her marital status.

Afghanistan: UN scrutiny of women’s rights

10 July 2014, 10:03AM Be the first to comment

The latest UN Human Rights Council review of Afghanistan is a chance for the country to improve women's rights and involvement in the peace and reconciliation process, and to end the death penalty.

European veil ruling punishes women for their beliefs

2 July 2014, 09:47AM

The European Court of Human Rights has upheld a general ban on wearing full-face veils in public. This represents a profound retreat for the right to freedom of expression and religion and sends a message that women are not free to express their religious beliefs in public.

Chile moves closer to decriminalising abortion

20 June 2014, 09:50AM

Chile’s commitment to decriminalise abortion in cases where the pregnancy was the result of rape, the woman’s life is in danger and when the foetus is not viable is a positive step forward to ensure and protect the rights of women and girls in the country.

Sex workers, ‘gay’ men targeted in Tajikistan ‘morality’ campaign

14 June 2014, 11:29AM

Tajikistan must end a campaign of harassment and violence against people accused of “moral crimes”, after Police seized more than 500 sex workers and a number of men suspected of ‘homosexual behaviour’ since 6 June.

World’s Governments must turn back the tide of sexual violence

10 June 2014, 09:09AM

World leaders must take concrete action to end sexual and gender-based violence in conflict during a landmark summit this week hosted by UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie and UK Foreign Minister William Hague.

Australia’s decision to directly fund local organisations will help women on the ground in Afghanistan © Flickr / DVIDSHUB

Australia directly invests in grassroots Afghan women’s organisations

2 June 2014, 03:46PM

Today's Federal Government announcement of $3.3 million to the Afghan Women’s Network - the peak umbrella group for women’s issues in Afghanistan, with more than 100 member organisations - will directly benefit the women of Afghanistan.

Zambia: Court postpones verdict on two men accused of having gay sex

31 May 2014, 09:40AM

The protracted detention of two Zambian men accused of having sex is an affront to all who believe in fundamental human rights, equality and non-discrimination and they should be released immediately.

Homophobia still tolerated by world’s governments

17 May 2014, 09:02AM

As we mark the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, governments around the world are failing to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.

Uganda: Anti-Homosexuality Act’s Heavy Toll

15 May 2014, 04:00PM

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people in Uganda have reported a surge in human rights violations since the passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Act on December 20, 2013.

President Obama must tackle human rights during Saudi Arabia visit

29 March 2014, 12:52PM

On his visit to Saudi Arabia, President Obama should express his dismay at discrimination against women by appointing a woman as his official driver, and take a strong public stand against the systematic violations in the Kingdom.

Malaysia: Anwar Ibrahim decision a “bleak day for justice”

8 March 2014, 07:42AM

The conviction of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on charges of ‘sodomy’ should be quashed, Amnesty International said.

Amnesty's women's rights campaign on Tinder

Tinder makes another match: uniting with Amnesty International for a good cause

7 March 2014, 09:04AM

Amnesty International is taking networking on Tinder to a new level, matching people for a good cause, in a new initiative to mark International Women’s Day.

Australia: shamefully inconsistent when it comes to human rights

25 February 2014, 06:00AM

Amnesty International Australia reviews the biggest human rights events of 2013 and outlines what Australia must do to significantly improve on its human rights record this year.

Nepal: Widespread gender discrimination has triggered maternal health crisis

20 February 2014, 05:00PM

Widespread and systemic gender discrimination in Nepal has led to hundreds of thousands of women suffering from a reproductive health condition that leaves them in great pain, unable to carry out daily tasks and often ostracised from their families and communities.

Afghanistan blocks law that would have increased domestic violence

18 February 2014, 11:20AM

Afghanistan has blocked a law that would have denied justice to victims of violence and child marriage, following an outcry by Afghan women's groups and the international community.

Europe: Transgender people face discrimination and inhuman and degrading treatment

4 February 2014, 11:00PM

European countries are violating the human rights of people trying to change their legal gender. Amnesty International's report details how transgender people are forced to undergo invasive surgery, sterilisation, hormone therapy, psychiatric testing before they can change their legal status.

Let Tunisian constitution herald human rights era

1 February 2014, 10:42AM

Amnesty International has joined with Al Bawsala and Human Rights Watch to recommend that Tunisia's new constitution sets in motion an overhaul of laws and public institutions.

Petitioning Putin to end repression in Russia

1 February 2014, 07:46AM

A handcuffed Russian ballerina braved the freezing weather in Moscow this week as Amnesty International activists delivered a petition of 330,000 signatures urging President Vladimir Putin to repeal repressive legislation in the country.

Nigeria: Halt homophobic witch-hunt under oppressive new law

16 January 2014, 08:50AM

Nigeria must immediately release the more than 10 people already arrested under a deeply oppressive new law that discriminates based on real or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.

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