Observatory on the Universality of Rights (OURs) web platform launch
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Safeguarding Individuals, Civil Society & Our Shared Humanity: An Urgent Plea to the Government of Bangladesh
May 2, 2016 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

JointStatement-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 upon the Government of Bangladesh to step up efforts to effectively address the horrific violence that has claimed the lives of several journalists, bloggers, academics, activists and other civilians who advocated for a secular, open, just and equitable society for all citizens — regardless of religion, ethnicity, sexuality or any other labels.

The latest victims of the carnage were the prominent LGBTI activists Xulnaz Mannan and Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy, both hacked to death by a group of assailants at Mannan’s home in Dhaka. So-called “Islamist” groups, including or linked to ISIS and Al-Qaeda, have claimed responsibility for these and previous attacks, but the facts surrounding many of these killings over the past year remain unclear.

The Bangladesh government has sworn to track down those responsible for Mannan and Rabbi’s murders. While we welcome that pledge, the international human rights organization Amnesty International has noted that “not a single person has been held to account” in the various killings so far.

In recent years, LGBTI activists in Bangladesh have sought to expand the space for dialogue and inclusivity for their communities even though they are criminalized by the country’s British-era penal code. These efforts in Bangladesh and other countries such as Indonesia have, on one hand, brought about acceptance and openness on some levels, but have also been met by an increasingly severe backlash as well from a range of actors including governments and religious institutions.

The escalating threats to civil liberties, including LGBTI rights, in so many places are all the more ironic – and dangerous – considering we are in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals that underpin the 2030 Agenda whose primary pledge is “to leave no one behind.”

How can we as a region, and indeed as a world, even begin to fulfil such a pledge if we do not collectively come together to address these threats that target our friends, families and fellow human beings? The rhetoric of the SDGs and 2030 Agenda will indeed ring hollow if we do not bring about genuine openness and understanding leading to an end to persecution and terror. Governments must be held accountable, but organizations such as ours, and each of us as individuals, must play our part as well.

Let us seize this opportunity then to bring about dialogue between governments and civil society, with the support of the United Nations, national, regional and global human rights networks and other facilitators, to tackle the mounting crises in Bangladesh and elsewhere. Together we call on the government of Bangladesh to bring justice and ensure that the rule of law is firmly in place and is implemented to provide safety to all citizens.

All individuals across Asia and the Pacific must not see these atrocities as isolated events, but must act in solidarity to uphold the rights of all human beings.

Ultimately, we must collectively work towards a world where enlightenment prevails, even as we vow never to forget the sacrifice that far too many have made to safeguard our shared humanity.
Signed By:

Midnight Poonkasetwattana, Executive Director, APCOM

Sattara Hattirat, Regional Coordinator, ILGA Asia

Ryan Silverio, Regional Coordinator, ASEAN SOGIE Caucus

Natt Kraipet, Network Coordinator, APTN

Niluka Perera, Project Officer, Youth Voices Count

Rima Athar, Coordinator, CSBR

South Asian Human Rights Association of Marginalised Sexualities and Genders

 

Endorsed By The Following Organizations:

1. Association of Transgender People in the Philippines (ATP), Philippines

2. Blue Diamond Society, Nepal

3. Central Initiative for Transgender, Young Gay, Lesbian Asylum Seekers (CITY GLASS), Kenya

4. Consultation Centre of Aids Aid and Health Service, China

5. EQUAL GROUND, Sri Lanka

6. FORUM-ASIA

7. GAURAV, India

8. GAYa NUSANTARA Foundation, Indonesia

9. Haus of Khameleon, Fiji

10. Health Options for Transgender (HOT GENDER), Tanzania

11. Health Options for Transgender, Tanzania

12. HIV YOUNG VOICES (Hi 5), Kenya

13. Human Rights Working Group, Indonesia

14. Human Rights- Youth Health Support Centre NGO, Mongolia

15. I-Girl group, Việt Nam

16. IDENTITY ETHIOPIA (ID ETHIOPIA), Ethiopia

17. ILGA Oceania

18. India HIV/AIDS Alliance, New Delhi, India

19. Khwaja Sira Society, Pakistan

20. LGBT Kiribati, Kiribati

21. Life Gets Better Together (LGBT FOUNDATION), South Sudan

22. Lighthouse club, Việt Nam

23. NAZ Pakistan, Pakistan

24. NGO Phoenix PLUS, Russia

25. Oogachaga, Singapore

26. Organization Intersex International-Chinese, Taiwan

27. PinoyFTM (Filipino Trans Men), Philippines

28. Project Mama, Rwanda

29. QUEER ESCORT NETWORK (Quest Net), Madagascar

30. Rainbow Pride Foundation Youth Wing, Fiji

31. Safety Urban Network (SUN East Africa), Uganda and Kenya Chapter

32. Samoa Faafafine Association, Samoa

33. Sangama, India

34. Sierra Leone Youth Coalition on HIV & AIDS, Sierra Leone

35. SOMALI SOCIETY CARE (SSC), Somalia

36. South Asian Human Rights Association for Marginalized Genders & Sexualities (SAHRA)

37. SUNCITY AFRICA FOUNDATION, Kenya

38. Taiwan Tongzhi (LGBT) Hotline Association, Taiwan

39. Transgender Resource Center, Hong Kong

40. Transgender Youth Revolving Fund (TRAY REFUND), Uganda

41. Transmen Indonesia, Indonesia

42. Transpiration Power, Thailand

43. We are students club, Việt Nam

44. Yourself Belize Movement, Belize


Endorsed By The Following Individuals:

1. Abhina Aher, India

2. Ahsan Ullah, Bangladesh

3. AR Arcon, Philippines

4. Farid Ahmed, Bangladesh

5. Idrissa A. Conteh, Sierra Leone

6. Jake Oorloff, Sri Lanka

7. Jofiliti Veikoso, Fiji

8. Kemas Achmad Mujoko, Indonesia

9. Masaki Inaba, Japan

10. Nguyễn Đặng Duy Anh, Việt Nam

11. Qasim Iqbal, Pakistan

12. Raksak Kongseng Desaulniers, Thailand

13. Sumit Pawar, India

14. To’oto’oali’I Roger Stanley, Samoa

15. Trung Tâm NT.LGBT, Việt Nam

16. Tuisina Ymania Brown, Samoa

17. Vaialia Iosua, Samoa


Media Contacts:

Midnight Poonkasetwattana, Executive Director, APCOM: midnightp@apcom.org, +66-85-360-5200 (Bangkok)

Sattara Hattirat, Regional Coordinator, ILGA Asia: sattarah@gmail.com, +66-82-339-5252 (Bangkok)

Ryan Silverio, Regional Coordinator, ASEAN SOGIE Caucus: rsilverio@aseansogiecaucus.org, +63-917-879-7710 (Manila)

Natt Kraipet, Network Coordinator, APTN: natt.kraipet@weareaptn.org, +66-82-653-3999 (Bangkok)

Niluka Perera, Project Officer, Youth Voices Count: niluka@youthvoicescount.org, +66-94-835-1762 (Bangkok)

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 …

En vidéo : Le harcèlement sexuel dans la rue, parlons-en!
December 1, 2015 – 7:52 pm | Comments Off on En vidéo : Le harcèlement sexuel dans la rue, parlons-en!
En vidéo : Le harcèlement sexuel dans la rue, parlons-en!

Qu’est ce le harcèlement sexuel ? C’est la question qui a été posée par des activistes de la société civile dans la rue aux passants et plusieurs d’entre eux n’ont pas su répondre…

Bien que …

URGENT ACTION: Call on Saudi Arabia to Stop Execution by Stoning of Sri Lankan Domestic Worker
December 1, 2015 – 4:18 pm | Comments Off on URGENT ACTION: Call on Saudi Arabia to Stop Execution by Stoning of Sri Lankan Domestic Worker

UPDATE on 23 December 2015:
Saudi Arabian court has commuted the sentence of death by stoning to an imprisonment term.

Excerpts from various news:

BBC: The life of a Sri Lankan domestic worker due to be stoned to …