On October 14, a regional network of LGBT rights organisations launched a video in response to the exclusion of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Expression (SOGIE) from the language of two recently adopted declarations protecting women and children from violence, and in the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration last year.
Not only does the body include two members who are firmly opposed to anti-discrimination legisation for LGBTs, much of its second meeting was dominated by Christian groups who told the panel that same-sex relationships are a sin and that they would be deprived of their right to discriminate should any anti-discrimination legislation be enacted. Nigel Collett reports.
The Hong Kong government is said to have conducted its own surveys in 2012, which found that a majority of respondents support having a law against discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, though the results of the survey remain a secret. Fridae's Hong Kong correspondent Nigel Collett outlines what's stopping the government from implementing anti-discrimination laws to protect LGBTs.
The LGBT Rights Network is expected to deliver their complaint to the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission tomorrow before filing a lawsuit next week after the police allegedly abused, assaulted and stripped the detainees while in custody.
With Malaysia's 13th general election slated to be held on May 5, politicians have yet again aspersions on LGBTs this time with the Deputy Prime Minister warning the country's Muslim citizens against LGBT activists.
Thailand's National Human Rights Commission's Dr. Taejing Siripanich explains why hate crimes and lack of anti-discrimination legislation are not being prioritised as same-sex marriage is, and that advocating for a new law to be created to legalise same-sex partnerships is "easier than changing the existing marriage law."
Media outlets have declared the Queen of England to support gay rights even as the new Commonwealth Charter she signed yesterday makes no mention of sexual orientation; the Commonwealth Secretariat clarifies the news to be an "interpretation that certain publications who have reported (it) have formed on their own."