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UN human rights official: Nigeria’s anti-gay law may harm public health

Thursday, March 13, 2014
APSouth African Navanethem 'Navi' Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
ABUJA, Nigeria -- The U.N. human rights chief says Nigeria's new anti-gay law may have "negative consequences" for public health. [...]

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Lithuania postpones vote on anti-gay ‘public family defilement’ bill

Thursday, March 13, 2014
The Seimas, the Lithuania Parliament in Vilnius.
VILNIUS, Lithuania -- Lithuanian lawmakers on Thursday postponed a final vote on a bill establishing fines for “public family defilement," a measure similar to Russia's anti-gay propaganda law. [...]

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Queen Elizabeth II gives royal approval to Scotland gay marriage law

Thursday, March 13, 2014
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LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday gave her royal stamp of approval to Scotland's Marriage and Civil Partnership Act 2014, clearing the way for same-sex marriage to begin by the end of the year. [...]

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Gay Ethiopian faces persecution, prison if deported from the U.S.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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BOSTON, Mass. -- Federal immigration officials in Boston are seeking to deport a 19-year-old gay Ethiopian man, where he is likely to be persecuted and imprisoned. [...]

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Russian law enforcement drops hate crime investigation on anti-LGBT attack

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Dmitry Chyzhevsky lost vision in his left eye from injuries sustained in the attack.
ST, PETERSBURG, Russia -- The investigation into a November 2013 attack at a meeting of LGBT rights activists that left a man with the loss of vision in one eye, has been suspended, and will not be investigated as a hate crime. [...]

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Uganda human rights activists challenge anti-gay law in court

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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KAMPALA, Uganda — Human rights activists on Tuesday petitioned Uganda’s Constitutional Court to challenge the validity of an anti-gay measure that allows severe penalties against homosexuality. The activists – under a group called Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law – hope the court will agree the new [...]

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Telecom giant pulls ads from Uganda paper over publishing names of ‘suspected’ gays

Monday, March 10, 2014
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KAMPALA, Uganda -- An LGBT advocacy group says the global telecom company Orange has withdrawn advertising from a Ugandan tabloid newspaper that printed the names of 200 suspected homosexuals after a severe anti-gay law was enacted last month. [...]

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A royal first: Queen Elizabeth II marks anniversary of LGBT group

Friday, March 7, 2014
Queen Elizabeth II
LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday congratulated one of Britain’s oldest LGBT charity and advocacy groups, the London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard, in what royal watchers say is the first time 87-year-old Monarch has recognized an LGBT advocacy group in her 62 years on the British throne. [...]

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Sweden is fourth European nation to freeze aid to Uganda over anti-gay law

Friday, March 7, 2014
Sweden
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- The government of Sweden announced Wednesday that it would stop development aid payments to Uganda because of the anti-homosexuality law passed last December and signed by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni February 24. [...]

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Four men convicted of gay sex whipped in north Nigerian court

Thursday, March 6, 2014
Nigeria
LAGOS, Nigeria -- Four young men were convicted of gay sex and whipped publicly as punishment Thursday in an Islamic court in northern Nigeria, a human rights activist said. [...]

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