Gender and sexuality

Gambia must stop wave of homophobic arrests and torture

19 November 2014, 08:19AM Be the first to comment

The arrest, detention and torture of eight people since the beginning of the month as part of a crackdown on “homosexuality” by the Gambian authorities reveals the shocking scale of state-sponsored homophobia.

Iran’s jailing of Ghoncheh Ghavami is appalling

3 November 2014, 07:46AM

British “volleyball protester” Ghoncheh Ghavami was jailed for a year for “spreading propaganda against the system” by a court in Iran yesterday, locked up simply for peacefully having her say about how women are discriminated against in Iran.

Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai, winners of the Nobel Peace Prize 2014 © AFP Photo / Chandan Khanna / Wole Emmenuel

Malala Yousafzai, Kailash Satyarthi true inspirations for children’s rights

11 October 2014, 09:24AM

Congratulations to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai on winning the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

Dropped anti-abortion bill must usher in protection of women’s rights in Spain

25 September 2014, 07:19AM

The abandoning of a draconian anti-abortion bill that threatened the health, dignity and lives of women and girls in Spain is a step in a positive direction, Amnesty International said.

Chad: Proposed anti-gay law will fuel homophobia

24 September 2014, 08:48AM

A draft Bill in Chad would criminalise same sex conduct, threatening jail sentences of between 15 and 20 years, and a fine of between CFA francs 50,000 to 500,000 ($100 and $1000.)

Ireland’s new abortion guidelines endanger the lives and rights of women and girls

20 September 2014, 09:15AM

Ireland’s latest guidelines on abortion are mere window-dressing that will confuse health professionals and endanger women’s lives and rights, said Amnesty International.

Pakistan: Malala arrests must help protect human rights defenders

13 September 2014, 08:24AM

Today’s arrest of the suspects in the assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai offers an important opportunity for the authorities to address their poor record in protecting human rights defenders in Pakistan.

Uganda: Anti-Homosexuality Law struck down in step towards stopping discrimination

2 August 2014, 06:56AM

The striking-down of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act is a step towards stopping state-sponsored discrimination in its tracks, said Amnesty International.

Ireland must amend abortion laws after sharp UN criticism

25 July 2014, 08:29AM

The Irish authorities must take urgent action to bring the country’s flawed abortion laws in line with its international human rights obligations, Amnesty International said.

Finland: European Court ruling a blow to transgender rights

17 July 2014, 07:51AM

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, 09:03AM

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, 08:47AM

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, 08:50AM

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, 10:29AM

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, 08:09AM

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, 02:46PM

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, 08:40AM

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, 08:02AM

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, 03:00PM

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.

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