Safeguarding Individuals, Civil Society & Our Shared Humanity: An Urgent Plea to the Government of Bangladesh
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2 May 2016
SAFEGUARDING INDIVIDUALS, CIVIL SOCIETY AND OUR SHARED HUMANITY:
AN URGENT PLEA TO THE GOVERNMENT OF BANGLADESH
 
We, the undersigned, join other voices from across Asia and the Pacific – and around the world – in calling …

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Rights Spotlight: IDAHOT
May 17, 2016 – 9:41 am | No Comment

IDAHOT 2016, Tunis

Yesterday and today – people around the world continue to be denied their basic and fundamental human rights, targeted on the basis of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity and expression. And not only do violence, criminalization, discrimination, and impunity remain widespread, anti-rights actors frequently justify them at the national and international level in the name of culture, religion and tradition.

Over 70 countries continue to criminalize consensual same-sex relationships, and many people who are non-conforming in terms of their gender identity and expression and sexual orientation, including LGBTIQ people, undergo torture and ill-treatment in everyday life, in custody, and in clinics and hospitals. Across contexts, the law is employed to punish individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity and to restrict rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly. Still today, region across region, entrenched discriminatory attitudes thrive in legal and policy vacuums and hate-motivated violence blights and ends the lives of many.

Yet states are legally bound by international human rights law to respect, protect and fulfil the human rights of all persons, no matter their gender identity and expression and sexual orientation.

Human rights are for each and every one of us. To reserve rights for the powerful in society and to withhold them from the marginalized makes a mockery of our human rights system and of state obligations to their citizens, and to deny any group or individual their essential rights is nothing less than to try to define them as less than human.

Join OURs today in celebrating the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia(IDAHOT) and stand in solidarity with activists and individuals worldwide. Let us call for all states to uphold the universality of rights for everyone, everywhere – equally and without discrimination.

What is OURs?

OURs aims to monitor, analyze, and share information on anti-rights initiatives threatening our human rights systems. Our goal is to strengthen the work of activists facing direct challenges to rights, especially rights related to gender and sexuality.

Resources and further information

This IDAHOT, OURs highlights a selection of resources for activists working on rights related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression worldwide.

Please share these with your networks, let us know of your key resources, and tweet using the hashtags#RightsAreUniversal and #IDAHOT

Resources:

    1. AWID – Arab Queer Women and Transgenders Confronting Diverse RFs: the case of Meem in Lebanon (case study)
    2. African Commission – Resolution on Protection against violence and other human rights violations on the basis of their real or imputed SOGI 
    3. MPV – Position Statement on SOGI 
    4. Joint UN agency statement – Ending Violence and Discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex People 
    5. OHCHR Information Series on SRHR: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Intersex and Transgender People 
    6. PRA: Colonizing African Values (report) 
    7. Yogyakarta Principles – Principles on the application of International Human Rights Law in relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity 
    8. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Discrimination and violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity (report)
    9. ARC International: How far has SOGII advocacy come at the UN and where is it heading?(report)
    10. CAL & AMSHeR: Realities and Rights of Gender Non-Conforming People and People Who Engage in Consensual Same-Sex Sexual Relations in Africa (a civil society report)
    11. ILGA – State-sponsored Homophobia (2015 report) 
    12. ICJ – SOGI Casebook
    13. TGEU – Transrespect vs Transphobia (TVT) Worldwide
    14. TGEU and ILGA Europe – Human Rights and Gender Identity, Best Practice Catalogue
    15. GATE – Gender Identity and Human Rights (fact sheet)
Rights Spotlight: International Day of Families
May 15, 2016 – 5:15 pm | No Comment
Rights Spotlight: International Day of Families

This May 15th is the International Day of Families. So what’s this all about – and what do families, human rights and gender justice have to do with one another?
Established principles of international human rights …

Safeguarding Individuals, Civil Society & Our Shared Humanity: An Urgent Plea to the Government of Bangladesh
May 2, 2016 – 6:36 pm | Comments Off on Safeguarding Individuals, Civil Society & Our Shared Humanity: An Urgent Plea to the Government of Bangladesh
Safeguarding Individuals, Civil Society & Our Shared Humanity: An Urgent Plea to the Government of Bangladesh

2 May 2016
SAFEGUARDING INDIVIDUALS, CIVIL SOCIETY AND OUR SHARED HUMANITY:
AN URGENT PLEA TO THE GOVERNMENT OF BANGLADESH
 
We, the undersigned, join other voices from across Asia and the Pacific – and around the world – in calling …

Observatory on the Universality of Rights (OURs) web platform launch
April 13, 2016 – 10:21 pm | Comments Off on Observatory on the Universality of Rights (OURs) web platform launch
Observatory on the Universality of Rights (OURs) web platform launch

The Observatory on the Universality of Rights (OURs) is pleased to announce the launch of its web platform: oursplatform.org. The platform will be the go­to place for information and resources on safeguarding the universality of rights in …

Confronting the Backlash – Dede Oetomo, Indonesia
April 12, 2016 – 10:05 pm | Comments Off on Confronting the Backlash – Dede Oetomo, Indonesia
Confronting the Backlash – Dede Oetomo, Indonesia

Indonesia moves quickly and slowly at the same time. The anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex backlash currently underway in the country has grown quickly since its start last January. Daily headlines feature the latest …

Urgent Call to Action: End the Crackdown against Egyptian Human Rights NGOs
March 24, 2016 – 8:09 pm | Comments Off on Urgent Call to Action: End the Crackdown against Egyptian Human Rights NGOs
Urgent Call to Action: End the Crackdown against Egyptian Human Rights NGOs

TAKE ACTION: 
The Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR) is deeply concerned about the on-going crackdown against independent human rights NGOs in Egypt, including the recent imposition on NGO staff of travel …

CSBR: President Widodo & Indonesian Govt. Must Uphold Constitutional Rights of Indonesian Citizens
March 12, 2016 – 9:01 am | Comments Off on CSBR: President Widodo & Indonesian Govt. Must Uphold Constitutional Rights of Indonesian Citizens
CSBR: President Widodo & Indonesian Govt. Must Uphold Constitutional Rights of Indonesian Citizens

President Joko Widodo & the Indonesian Government Must Uphold the Constitutional Rights of Indonesian Citizens
 
The Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR) is gravely concerned about the on-going attacks against the civil, …

Justice for Sisters: End Arbitrary Arrests and Repeal Laws that Criminalize Transgender Persons – Malaysia
March 7, 2016 – 10:00 am | Comments Off on Justice for Sisters: End Arbitrary Arrests and Repeal Laws that Criminalize Transgender Persons – Malaysia

For immediate release
March 7, 2016
Justice for Sisters is extremely concerned and appalled by the arrests of 12 trans women, including an Indonesian trans woman in a police raid in Penang on 2 March 2016. The …

Victory in Tunisia: Activist group Shams wins in court
February 24, 2016 – 9:41 pm | Comments Off on Victory in Tunisia: Activist group Shams wins in court
Victory in Tunisia: Activist group Shams wins in court

23 February 2016
Shams, the Tunisian group pushing for the decriminalization of homosexuality, has won its legal challengeagainst a government order that it suspend operations.
“Shams can resume normal activities, thanks to the decision of the court,” …

Call for Submissions: Chouftouhonna 2nd International Feminist Art Festival of Tunis
February 13, 2016 – 7:40 pm | Comments Off on Call for Submissions: Chouftouhonna 2nd International Feminist Art Festival of Tunis
Call for Submissions: Chouftouhonna 2nd International Feminist Art Festival of Tunis

Chouftouhonna is back! The 2nd International Feminist Art festival of Tunis will take place in 15, 16, 17 March 2016. The call for participation is open to women’s artists and creators, and all persons who identify …

Call for Action: Request for Protection for Kemal Ördek
February 5, 2016 – 8:38 pm | Comments Off on Call for Action: Request for Protection for Kemal Ördek
Call for Action: Request for Protection for Kemal Ördek

Reposted from AWID:
 
We call for action for Justice for Kemal and for all trans people and sex workers in Turkey!
 

1. Please kindly send your letters of protest to the Presidency, Prime Ministry, Ministry of Justice, …

LGBT group faces state persecution in Indonesia
January 25, 2016 – 10:59 pm | Comments Off on LGBT group faces state persecution in Indonesia

25 January 2016
Several public officials issued statements on the weekend opposing the presence of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students on university campuses following the cancelation of an event at the University of Indonesia …

“Jadal” Publishes New Articles about “Sexual Politics in Palestine”
January 12, 2016 – 5:16 am | Comments Off on “Jadal” Publishes New Articles about “Sexual Politics in Palestine”
“Jadal” Publishes New Articles about “Sexual Politics in Palestine”

العدد 24 من مجلّة جدل الالكترونية: “السياسات الجنسية والجندرية”
اصدر مركز مدى الكرمل العدد الرابع والعشرين من مجلّة جدل الالكترونية، بتحرير عرين هوّاري. يتناول المحور المركزي لهذا العدد من جدل السياسات الجنسية والجندرية بتقاطعها مع مباني …

The Philippine Shari’a Courts and the Code of Muslim Personal Laws
January 12, 2016 – 4:26 am | Comments Off on The Philippine Shari’a Courts and the Code of Muslim Personal Laws

Publication Date: 14 October 2014
The Philippine Shari’a Courts and the Code of Muslim Personal Laws
Isabelita Solamo-Antonio

Abstract

A survey, conducted by the PILIPINA Legal Resources Center (PLRC) in the Philippines, on the extent of usage of, and the attitudes, aspirations …

Kohl: The Non-Exotic Erotic – Questions of Desire and Representation
January 4, 2016 – 7:50 am | Comments Off on Kohl: The Non-Exotic Erotic – Questions of Desire and Representation
Kohl: The Non-Exotic Erotic – Questions of Desire and Representation

The winter edition of Kohl: A Journal for Body and Gender Research, Vol. 1, No.2 is available in English and Arabic.

THE NON-EXOTIC EROTIC
Questions of Desire and Representation
Editorial
The Erotic, the Exotic, and the Space(s) in Between: …

Sisters in Islam denounces Malaysian MP’s suggestion that marriage would stop statutory rape
January 4, 2016 – 6:45 am | Comments Off on Sisters in Islam denounces Malaysian MP’s suggestion that marriage would stop statutory rape
Sisters in Islam denounces Malaysian MP’s suggestion that marriage would stop statutory rape

2 January 2016
PAS’s ulama council information chief has made a mockery of Islam with his suggestion that marriage would solve a high percentage of underage rape cases in the country, Sisters in Islam (SIS) said …

Saudi Arabia commutes Sri Lanka Domestic Workers’ sentence of execution to imprisonment
December 24, 2015 – 4:22 am | Comments Off on Saudi Arabia commutes Sri Lanka Domestic Workers’ sentence of execution to imprisonment
Saudi Arabia commutes Sri Lanka Domestic Workers’ sentence of execution to imprisonment

23 December 2016
The life of a Sri Lankan maid due to be stoned to death in Saudi Arabia for adultery has been spared, Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry says.
She will instead be imprisoned, Sri Lankan Deputy …

Documentary: The Reformer of Wringin Sukowono (Indonesia)
December 8, 2015 – 7:03 am | Comments Off on Documentary: The Reformer of Wringin Sukowono (Indonesia)
Documentary: The Reformer of Wringin Sukowono (Indonesia)

This video, created by Institute for Women’s Empowerment, tells the story of the struggles of Najma Milla and her husband Nurul to establish an Islamic boarding school (pesantren) which is at the same time a …

Take All Possible Measures To Revoke Death Sentence On Sri Lankan Domestic Worker: Sri Lankan CSOs Tell Govt
December 4, 2015 – 6:04 am | Comments Off on Take All Possible Measures To Revoke Death Sentence On Sri Lankan Domestic Worker: Sri Lankan CSOs Tell Govt
Take All Possible Measures To Revoke Death Sentence On Sri Lankan Domestic Worker: Sri Lankan CSOs Tell Govt

3 December 2015
185 Civil Society activists and 40 organisations have today urged the respective authorities to take all possible measures to revoke the death sentence and ensure the migrant worker’s safe return to Sri Lanka.
A 45 …