Showing posts with label LGBT Death Laws. Show all posts
Showing posts with label LGBT Death Laws. Show all posts

October 13, 2019

Why The Issue of Death Penalty to LGBT by The Government Keeps Popping Up?

Ugandan activists told CNN they have noted worrying trends of arrests and attacks on the LGBTQ community.
Last Friday, a young gay paralegal, Brian Wasswa, was bludgeoned to death at his home in Jinja, LGBT group Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) said.
According to Justine Balya at the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF), this is the third murder her organization has recorded of an LGBTQ community member in just two months. On August 2, a transgender woman was murdered in a mob attack by motorbike taxi drivers. On August 12, a gay man was beaten in Kampala and died six days later from the injuries he sustained, according to HRAPF.
"We are concerned about the current political environment and homophobic comments being made by government personnel," said Balya, referencing Lokodo's announcement, as well as Ugandan Minister for Security Gen. Elly Tumwine's claim that LGBTQ people are connected to "terrorism."
"All this is feeding the homophobia and violence against LGBT people," she added.

How two female playwrights are risking their lives fight homophobia in Africa


Bobi Wine, a Ugandan musician-turned-opposition politician - who has made 
homophobic comments publicly in the past - are false and a distraction tactic,
 activists say. 
Byarugaba told CNN that the proposed reinstatement of the bill is likely being used
 as a "political decoy from the spate of the government's crackdown on Bobi Wine."
Trinah Kakyo, an LGBTQ fashion designer and activist, said that she believes the 
issue continues to resurface because "queerness confronts the oppressive systems
 we have in place, so it's been the main target of deviating the Ugandan public from
 actual social issues."

Alice McCool, for CNN

March 29, 2019

Muslim Brunei Again, Makes Gay Sex Punishable by Stoning To Death

Source: Time Magazine | Sultan of Brunei

Brunei has announced that the punishment for gay sex and adultery from April 3 onwards will include death by stoning, as the country moves forward with its implementation of Sharia law.
Other harsh punishments, like amputation of a hand or foot for theft, will also be put in place, according to the Guardian.
“To legalize such cruel and inhuman penalties is appalling of itself,” Rachel Chhoa-Howard, Brunei researcher at Amnesty International, said in a statement to the Guardian.
Homosexuality is already illegal in Brunei, but had previously been punishable by prison, according to the Guardian. The death penalty will reportedly apply to only Muslims for homosexual sex.
The majority Muslim Southeast Asian nation introduced Sharia law in 2014 but has been slow to enact new rules given harsh international criticism.

Revulsion as Brunei gets Ready to bring this Sharia Law of stoning to gays
Amnesty International slammed plans by Brunei to implement what the rights group called "vicious" Islamic criminal laws such as stoning to death for gay sex and amputation for theft.
Amnesty said in a statement that the new penalties, which also apply to children, are provided for in new sections under Brunei's Sharia Penal Code and will come into effect April 3.
The legal changes were announced in a discreet notice on the attorney general's website, it said.
"To legalise such cruel and inhuman penalties is appalling of itself," said Rachel Chhoa-Howard, Brunei researcher at Amnesty International.
She said some of the potential offences "should not even be deemed crimes at all, including consensual sex between adults of the same gender".
"Brunei must immediately halt its plans to implement these vicious punishments and revise its penal code in compliance with its human rights obligations," Chhoa-Howard said.
"The international community must urgently condemn Brunei's move to put these cruel penalties into practice."
Brunei's sultan instituted the Sharia Penal Code in 2014 to bolster the influence of Islam in the tiny, oil-rich monarchy, which has long been known for conservative policies such as banning the public sale of liquor.
The first stage of the law included fines or jail for offences such as pregnancy out of wedlock or failing to pray on Friday.
Amnesty labelled the Penal Code as a "deeply flawed piece of legislation" with a range of provisions that violate human rights.
There has been no vocal opposition to the law in Brunei, where Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah rules as head of state with full executive authority. Public criticism of his policies is extremely rare in Brunei.
The Sultan, who has reigned since 1967, has previously said the Shariah Penal Code should be regarded as a form of "special guidance" from God and would be "part of the great history" of Brunei.
Under secular laws, Brunei already prescribes caning as a penalty for crimes including immigration offenses, for which convicts can be flogged with a rattan cane.

October 4, 2017

UN Resolution Against Death Penalty for LGBT~~US "Abstained"

“Horrific laws” condemning people to death because of whom they love are the focus of a new international proposal. “The question of the death penalty” resolution to denounce the most severe punishment for consensual same-sex relations was passed on Friday by the 47-member United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Twenty-seven nations voted in favor of the resolution; 13 voted against it and 7 abstained.
“It is unconscionable to think that there are hundreds of millions of people living in States where somebody may be executed simply because of whom they love” Renato Sabbadini, executive director of The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), said in a statement. “This is a monumental moment where the international community has publicly highlighted that these horrific laws simply must end."

ILGA, a federation of more than 1,200 member organizations from 132 countries committed to equal human rights for LGBTI people that enjoys consultative status at the United Nations, called the resolution a “historic first.” The group produced a recent report and map that detail sexual orientation laws around the world.

The United States Voted "NO" against this resolution citing the death penalty in the country. More importantly  US, President Trump recently threw his support behind a Senate candidate who may support the death penalty for gay people.

President Trump traveled to Saudi Arabia in May. He made no mention that consensual same-sex sexual relations remain punishable by death in the kingdom in a speech he gave in the Saudi capital of Riyadh.
Trump has also not publicly commented on the ongoing crackdown against LGBT Chechens.
The U.S. and 24 other countries in 2014 voted for a resolution against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender the U.N. Human Rights Council adopted. The body in 2011 narrowly approved a resolution in support of LGBT rights that South Africa introduced.
The resolution asked countries that have not yet abolished the death penalty to ensure that it is not “applied arbitrarily or in a discriminatory manner.”

Currently, there are six countries (eight if parts of Syria and Iraq occupied by Isis are included) where the death penalty is implemented for same-sex relations. (Penalty applies country-wide in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen, and in certain provinces in Nigeria and Somalia.)

In five other countries (Afghanistan, Mauritania, Pakistan, Qatar and the UAE) the interpretation of Sharia law technically permits the death penalty, but it is thought to not be invoked; these nations may implement lesser penalties, ILGA said. And in one nation (Brunei Darussalam) same-sex relations are illegal, but it has not yet put its criminal procedure code into effect.

The resolution also condemns the death penalty for adultery, noting that it is disproportionately imposed on women. In addition to focusing on gender and sexual orientation, the new resolution builds on a recent UN report that examined the question of the death penalty’s disproportionate or discriminatory impact on groups or people who: have mental or intellectual disabilities, are below 18 years of age at the time of the crime, economically vulnerable, foreign nationals, exercising their right to freedom of religion or belief and freedom of expression, belong to racial and ethnic minorities or are women who are pregnant.

Six attempts by Egypt, Russia and Saudi Arabia to amend the resolution and dilute its impact were each defeated in often-close voting, ILGA said. The group commended the eight countries that spearheaded the resolution – Belgium, Benin, Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia and Switzerland – for their leadership and support.

“They stood firm on principle through a difficult negotiation and voting period”, André du Plessis, head of UN Programme and Advocacy at ILGA, said in a statement. 

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