Russia: UK Minister condemns persecution of LGBT community in Chechnya – Published 12 Apr 2017 1835z (GMT/UTC)

Baroness Anelay calls on Russia to investigate mass detention of gay men in Chechnya and ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice.



Cameroon: Christmas attack on LGBT rights/AIDS office


Under threat, landlord tells LGBT-friendly AIDS fighters to leave

Three days before Christmas, anti-gay vandals destroyed the office of CAMEF, an organization that fights for human rights and against AIDS among LGBT people and sex workers in Limbe in coastal Cameroon.

Leaders of CAMEF (Cameroon Association for Empowerment Outreach Programs) said they were “still in shock’ after finding the office burglarized by anti-LGBT vandals who left behind threatening messages stating “Go away, pede [fag], go away” and “Another warning: Go away”:

Our office door was pushed through by the persons that have been threatening us with … hateful signs and messages. They broke the main door’s handle and pushed it through.

The computer of CAMEF’s secretary was thrown on the floor. A digital camera and the laptop computers of the executive director and the sexual health and prevention coordinator were stolen. Files and documents were strewn on the floor. Tables…

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UN tells Papua New Guinea ‘Stop Burning Witches’ – 120413 1040z


The United Nations demands an end to sorcery and witchcraft murders in the Pacific nation after an increase in horrific killings.

(Photo: Spiritmen in Papua New Guinea, where sorcery is illegal

Papua New Guinea has been told by the United Nations to put an end to sorcery and witchcraft killings after an elderly woman was beheaded.


Her death is one of an increasing number of murders of those accused of sorcery, which is illegal in the Pacific nation.


Days before her death, six women were repeatedly tortured with hot irons in an Easter “sacrifice” in the Southern Highlands.


In February a woman accused of being a witch was stripped naked and burned by a baying mob.


The UN has again called for the country’s government to repeal the Sorcery Act 1971, which human rights groups has given the notion of witchcraft a legitimacy.


A UN statement said: “The UN is deeply disturbed with the increasing reports of violence, torture and murder of persons accused of practising sorcery around the country.


“These vigilante killings constitute murder and must not be treated with impunity.”


Papua New Guinea.
A woman accused of witchcraft was burnt alive in Mount Hagen in February


The beheading of the elderly woman happened earlier this week in the Bana district of South Bougainville.


She was one of two women killed after being accused of sorcery. The pair were kidnapped and tortured for three days, suffering knife and axe wounds.


Local media reported that police were present but were outnumbered by an angry mob and could do nothing to prevent the deaths.


The UN statement said: “This case adds to the increase of reports of extra-judicial torture and killings of both men and women, especially elderly women, accused of sorcery.


“These reports raise grave concern that accusations of sorcery are used to justify arbitrary and inhumane acts of violence.”


There is a widespread belief in sorcery in Papua New Guinea and many people do not accept natural causes as an explanation for misfortune and death.


There have been several other cases of witchcraft and cannibalism in the country in recent years, with a man reportedly found eating his newborn son during a sorcery initiation ceremony in 2011.”- Sky News

Other Reports


“Two women tortured and beheaded for ‘using witchcraft to murder teacher’ as police looked on unable to help

  • Women taken from home in Papua New Guinea after popular teacher died

  • Tortured for three days in remote village then beheaded in front of police

  • Officers tried to intervene but were held back by huge crowd of locals

Two women have been tortured for three days and then beheaded in a remote village in Papua New Guinea after being accused of witchcraft.

A team of police rushed to the scene – but were forced to stand by and watch the victims being decapitated with axes as locals refused to let them come to their aid.

A large crowd kept the police at bay within sight of the clearing where the women were lying trussed up on the ground.

Villagers on the island of Bougainville ignored orders to let them go, and instead set about them with axes and knives.

Villagers: Residents of the island of Bougainville have executed two women for witchcraft (other locals are pictured in this file photo)

Villagers: Residents of the island of Bougainville have executed two women for witchcraft (other locals are pictured in this file photo)

The women, from the village of Tandorima, were accused of using sorcery to kill a popular schoolteacher who died a few weeks ago.

‘We couldn’t do anything to help these two women,’ said Central Bougainville police chief Herman Birengka.

‘My men were threatened when they went to the area to negotiate the release of the women. We were helpless. We couldn’t do anything to help them because of the threats made against us.’

He said the mob had burned down houses in the women’s village, forcing their relatives to flee into the jungle.

‘These killings were both barbaric and senseless,’ Mr Birengka said.

Remote: The killings happened in a small village located on the island of Bougainville

Remote: The killings happened in a small village located on the island of Bougainville


Sorcery and witchcraft is widely believed in Papua New Guinea and is commonly practiced in remote villages across the island nation.

The cost of a witch doctor revealing a cause of death or casting out an evil spirit is usually 1000 New Guinean kina (Ł303), plus a pig and a bag of rice,

In 1971, whilst still a colony, the country introduced a Sorcery Act to criminalise the practice.

However the law has recently seen a rise in attacks on innocent people accused of black magic, such as that on Miss Leniata, and convictions by kangaroo courts made up of of local village elders.

As a result the Papua New Guinean law reform commission proposing to repeal the law.

Last July, 29 people were arrested accused of black magic and cannibalism after allegedly murdering seven people in order to eat their brains and use their genitals for sorcery rituals.

In 2009 a man was hacked to pieces by machetes after a kangaroo court convicted him of sorcery.


The gruesome murders follow a number of sorcery-related killings on the Papua New Guinea mainland, mostly in remote highland villages.

Earlier this year a young woman accused of being a witch and causing the death of a young boy was dragged to a rubbish dump and burned alive, with police once again unable to help because of threats by the crowd.

‘I wish we could have helped these two women,’ said Mr Birengka in a reference to the latest killings.

‘But the villagers who had kidnapped the women were armed with five high-powered firearms, knives and axes.’

He told the Post Courier newspaper that the two women were attacked at their village homes at night and taken to the nearby village of Lopele, where the mob accused them of practicing sorcery and bringing about the death of the teacher.

They were tortured for three days and nights, receiving numerous knife wounds, before being dragged out to a clearing to face execution.

Learning of the imminent murders, police desperately tried to bring in mediators, but all efforts to prevent the deaths failed.

‘We did not want to resort to force as the whole situation could have turned nasty with more lives at stake,’ Mr Birengka said.

‘Even so, I’m disgusted with my officers for failing to find a way of stopping these people who showed utter disregard to law and justice.

‘While they might well have been threatened, those police should have tried harder from the very beginning.’ ” –


Mob stripped, tortured and bound 20 yr old mother accused of witchcraft, burned her alive in front of hundreds in Papua New Guinea (Graphic) 0802131455z

Thousands protest Russia’s anti-gay policies


Russia’s many anti-LGBT initiatives landed Russian President Vladimir Putin in hot water during his visit to the Netherlands and Germany this week. As Euronews reported:

Thousands of people in Amsterdam turned out to demonstrate against a proposed anti-gay propaganda law in Russia, as President Vladimir Putin visited the Dutch capital on Monday.

The draft bill, which still needs a second reading and to be signed by Putin to become law, would see offenders handed a fine of 500,000 roubles (over 12,000 euros).

Euronews correspondent, James Franey said, “The ban on so-called homosexual propaganda is just one step in what gay rights activists have called a state-sponsored witch hunt. Just last year, a Moscow court slapped a 100-year ban on the city’s Gay Pride march. It’s not gone down well with Amsterdam City Hall officials, who have taken an unusual step of protesting against a visiting head of state.”

On Putin’s…

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Zambia police refuse to release ailing gay rights activist


Police in Zambia are balking at releasing anti-AIDS and human rights activist Paul Kasonkomona from jail even though his supporters have provided the required guarantees that he would return to face court proceedings.

His supporters appealed today to Zambian leaders and international groups to help win his release, saying that Kasonkomona’s continued detention poses a grave threat to his health.

Kasonkomona, who is HIV-positive, was arrested April 7 after he appeared live on television in Zambia urging recognition of gay rights.

He was charged with one count of “promoting immoral acts.”

His supporters were told that Kasonkomona would be released if he could provide two working sureties to guarantee his return to court. But when they did that, police refused to set him free.

“We met all the legal requirements, and now they are saying it’s a political case. It is unlawful for the police to detain Paul for more…

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Zambia arrests activist after gay rights appeal on TV


Police officers in Zambia arrested human rights activist Paul Kasonkomona today immediately after he appeared live on MUVI television urging recognition of gay rights, the TV station reported.

Police said they were following orders from top officials in the police force.

On April 4, police spokesperson Elizabeth Kanjela urged members of the public to report anyone “involved in” homosexuality to the nearest police station.

That statement came in response to an attempt by four male couples to register as married over the Easter weekend.

Under Zambian law, sexual relations between men are punishable by up to 14 years in prison.

“The offence of homosexuality attracts a sentence of not less than five years imprisonment, and therefore anyone who will be found wanting will face the wrath of the law,” Kanjela said.

In his TV appearance, Kasonkomona said that gay rights are like any other form of human rights, and should…

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GayBelarus: Gays in Belarus face reprisals for activism – Updated 160213 2345z

Photo: AP Siarhei Androsenka, center back, 24-year-old leader of GayBelarus, meets with his friends at home in Minsk, Belarus. Gay activists across Belarus emerged from the shadows and tried to register their rights organizations, but their efforts to go legal have been met by a wave of repressions.

Police in Belarus are going after gays, raiding their clubs and locking up clubbers overnight, and summoning gay activists for questioning.

One activist accuses police of beating him during questioning, while others say they were interrogated about their sex lives. The leader of a gay rights organization was stripped of his passport just ahead of a planned trip to the United States.

That is the governments response to a decision by gay activists across the country to try in January to legally register their rights organization, GayBelarus. It marked a more resolute attempt to emerge from the shadows after being slapped down repeatedly by the authorities.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who once said its better to be a dictator than a gay, has long denigrated homosexuals in the former Soviet republic. As he counters discontent from Belarusians who want to see democratic reforms and a more European-oriented society, Lukashenko has portrayed gays as agents of a decadent West. Gay rights activists are part of the broader opposition to Lukashenko, who has ruled the nations 10 million people with an iron hand for the past 18 years, earning the nickname of Europes last dictator in the West.

A similar dynamic is at work in Russia, where gay rights activists have joined the protest marches against President Vladimir Putin. Such public promotions of gay rights will be illegal if legislation now working its way through Russias parliament becomes law.

Homosexuality was formally decriminalized in Russia and Belarus with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, but anti-gay sentiments still run high in both Slavic countries. In the 21st century in the middle of Europe we are forced to prove to the government that homosexuality is not an illness and not a crime, said Nasta Senyuhovich, a gay activist in Belarus.

She and about 70 other GayBelarus members signed the documents necessary to formally establish the organization and submitted them to the Justice Ministry in January. They did not have to wait long for a response.

Three days later, police burst into a gay night club in the city of Vitebsk and ordered everyone to stand against the wall. With a video camera rolling, the club patrons had to state their name, place of work and sexual orientation, according to Siarhey Androsenka, the 24-year-old leader of GayBelarus, who was in the club at the time.

This was more like a special operation against criminals, Androsenka said. Of course, this action was intended to frighten and intimidate those who dared to proclaim their homosexuality publicly in Belarus.

Three similar raids have been conducted in gay clubs in Minsk, the capital. The most recent raid took place last Saturday when seven club patrons were taken to a police station and held overnight, Androsenka said. He said police have told him that the raids are connected to the activities of GayBelarus.

Separately, more than 60 founders of GayBelarus have been summoned by the police for questioning in Minsk and seven other cities. During the police interrogation the majority of the questions were about my private life: how I became gay, how many partners I have, what role I prefer for sex, where I met my partners, said Artem Ivanou, a 21-year-old welder from Brest. He said police threatened to inform his employers.

One activist said police dragged him out of a hospital where he was undergoing treatment and took him to a police station, where he was beaten. They hit me in the stomach with their knees, and when I fell they began to hit me on the head, said Ihar Tsikchanyuk, who lives in the city of Grodno. He said they called him derogatory names and went through the information stored on his cell phone.

Police have refused to comment on the questioning of the gay activists, as has the Justice Ministry. The repression has caused panic among gays in Belarus. Many are cleaning out their accounts on social networking sites, deleting photographs and any references to gay culture.

We are tired of being afraid and are thinking more about emigrating as a last resort, said 23-year-old designer Iryna Zhebrak, holding the hand of her partner, 24-year-old Karyna Trus. The women, who have been together for 1 ½ years, said they planned to go to Europe to get married, but they hoped to be able to build a life together in Belarus.

We want social change, integration with Europe, Trus said. In todays Belarus we have no future. The state stirs up hatred of people who have an untraditional sexual orientation, which only strengthens the already high level of intolerance in society.

Lukashenko has openly insulted gays, who he has said should be sent off to collective farms to perform public works. After a meeting in 2011 with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, who is gay, Lukashenko made his now famous statement that its better to be a dictator than a gay.

Lukashenko, an admirer of the Soviet Union, has relentlessly stifled dissent and extended his rule through elections that Western observers have criticized as undemocratic. The United States and the European Union have imposed economic and travel sanctions on the Belarusian government over its crackdown on opposition groups and independent news media.

Any attempt to stage a gay rights demonstration in Belarus is usually quickly dispersed by police. But last year, activists managed to evade police by renting a streetcar and driving it through Minsk decorated with rainbow flags and signs.

Members of GayBelarus hold underground educational seminars and meetings in small towns, where gays have even a more difficult time. In Grodno, where Tsikchanyuk claims he was beaten, several seminars are planned for February.

Gays for the first time got some hope that they could change their marginal existence, they came to believe that they could fight for their rights even in Belarus, said Androsenka, who has led the gay rights group for three years. The rented apartment where he lives with his partner is the groups headquarters, strewn with books, brochures and rainbow flags.

Androsenka was supposed to leave Feb. 2 for the United States to participate in a program for civil society leaders sponsored by the State Department. But Belarusian border guards seized his passport under what appears to be an absurd pretext. Androsenka said they told him his passport was listed as lost, and that he himself had reported it missing.

U.S. speaks out against harassment of GayBelarus

usosceU.S. Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)

Statement on LGBT Harassment and Political Prisoners in Belarus

As delivered by Ambassador Ian Kelly
to the Permanent Council, Vienna
February 14, 2013

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

The Belarusian MFA issued a report last week critical of the human rights performance of 25 countries, including the United States. The delegation of Belarus cited this report at the last meeting of the Permanent Council. The United States welcomes dialogue with other countries and non-governmental organizations regarding the human rights situation in the United States. We urge Belarusian authorities to engage, as well, in a dialogue about human rights within Belarus.

In this context, the United States expresses its deep concern regarding recent incidents in Belarus involving official harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

At least four times this year, police have raided clubs frequented by members of the LGBT community in Belarus and briefly detained dozens in Minsk and Vitebsk, most recently on February 8. During one of the raids, police reportedly told the detainees that they were connected with inappropriate activities of the human rights NGO GayBelarus. GayBelarus has been unable to register legally and, following its second attempt to do so in January, police questioned over 60 members of the NGO regarding their activities.

Members of the LGBT community are not alone in facing harassment and intimidation in Belarus. Malady Front activist Uladzimir Yaromenak was sentenced to 12 days in jail on January 24 for violating the conditions of his August 2011 pardon from prison. He originally received a three-year sentence following the December 2010 crackdown.

Political activists and journalists are limited in their freedom of movement. Iryna Khalip reports that local police have told her that, as part of her suspended sentence, she cannot travel freely. Khalip, the wife of former political prisoner Andrei Sannikov who is in exile, is also subject to a curfew.

We welcome the February 9 release of political prisoner Vasil Parfyankou, and we take this opportunity to reiterate our call on the Government of Belarus to honor its OSCE commitments, immediately and unconditionally release all political prisoners, and ensure their full rehabilitation. Respect for democracy and human rights in Belarus remains central to overcoming the countrys international isolation and is essential to the progress of the country and welfare of its citizens.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

Russian (Google Translation)

Геи в Беларуси лице репрессий за активность

(Фото:. APSiarhei Androsenka, центральный защитник, 24-летний лидер GayBelarus, встречается со своими друзьями у себя дома в Минске, Беларусь Гей-активисты по всей Беларуси вышли из тени и пытались зарегистрировать свои права организации, но их усилия, чтобы пойти правовых были встречены волной репрессий.)

Полиция в Беларуси собираются после геи, набеги свои клубы и блокирования клабберов ночи, и, призвав гей-активистов для допроса.

Один из активистов обвиняют полицию в избиении его во время допроса, а другие говорят, что они были допрошены об их сексуальной жизни. Лидер гей-организации по защите прав его лишили паспорта непосредственно перед запланированной поездкой в ​​Соединенные Штаты.

То есть реакция правительства на решение гей-активистов по всей стране, чтобы попробовать в январе юридически зарегистрировать свои права организации, GayBelarus. Она ознаменовала более решительные попытки выйти из тени после того, как ударил вниз, со стороны властей.

Президент Беларуси Александр Лукашенко, который однажды сказал: лучше быть диктатором, чем геев, уже давно порочат гомосексуалистов в бывшем Советском республики. Как он счетчиков недовольство белорусов, которые хотят видеть демократических реформ и более европейски ориентированных общества, Лукашенко изображали геев в качестве агентов загнивающего Запада. Гей-активисты прав являются частью более широкой оппозиции к Лукашенко, который правит 10 миллионов жителей страны с железной рукой в ​​течение последних 18 лет, заслужив прозвище последний диктатор Европы на Западе.

Аналогичная динамика на работу в Россию, где гей-активистов в области прав присоединились к марши протеста против президента Владимира Путина. Такие общественные акции прав геев будет незаконным, если законодательство сейчас работает свой путь через парламент России становится законом.

Гомосексуализм был официально декриминализированы в России и Беларуси с распадом Советского Союза в 1991 году, но анти-гей настроения по-прежнему кипят в обеих славянских стран. В 21-м веке в центре Европы, мы вынуждены, чтобы доказать правительству, что гомосексуализм это не болезнь, а не преступление, сказала Анастасия Senyuhovich, гей-активиста в Беларуси.

Она и около 70 других членов GayBelarus подписал документы, необходимые для официального создания организации и представил их в Министерство юстиции в январе. Они не придется долго ждать ответа.

Три дня спустя, полиция ворвалась в гей-клубе ночью в городе Витебске и приказал всем встать к стене. С прокатки видеокамеры, клуб покровителей было заявить свое имя, место работы и сексуальной ориентации, в соответствии с Siarhey Androsenka, 24-летний лидер GayBelarus, который был в клубе в то время.

Это было больше похоже на спецоперацию против преступников, Androsenka сказал. Конечно, эта акция была предназначена для устрашения и запугивания тех, кто осмелился заявить о своей гомосексуальности публично в Беларуси.

Три аналогичных рейдов были проведены в гей-клубы в Минске, столице. Самый последний рейд состоялся в прошлую субботу, когда семь патронов клуба были доставлены в отделение милиции и продержали всю ночь, Androsenka сказал. Он сказал, что полиция сказала ему, что рейды связаны с деятельностью GayBelarus.

Отдельно более 60 учредителей GayBelarus был вызван на допрос в полицию в Минске и семи других городах. Во время допроса в полиции большинство вопросов было о моей личной жизни: как я стал геем, сколько партнеров у меня, какую роль я предпочитаю для секса, где я познакомился со своей партнеров, сказал Артем Иванов, 21-летний старые сварщик из Бреста. Он сказал, что полиция пригрозила сообщить своим работодателям.

Один активист сказал, что полиция вытащили его из больницы, где он проходил лечение и доставили его в полицейский участок, где он был избит. Они ударил меня в живот колени, а когда я упал, они начали бить меня по голове, сказал Игорь Tsikchanyuk, который живет в городе Гродно. Он сказал, что они назвали его уничижительные имена и прошел информации, хранящейся на свой мобильный телефон.

Полиция отказалась комментировать допрос гей-активистов, равно как и Министерство юстиции. Репрессии вызвали панику среди геев в Беларуси. Многие очистке своих счетов на сайтах социальных сетей, удалять фотографии и любые ссылки на гей-культуры.

Мы устали бояться и больше думают об эмиграции в качестве последнего средства, сказал 23-летний дизайнер Ирина Жебрак, держа за руку своего партнера, 24-летняя Карина Трус. Женщины, которые были вместе в течение 1 лет, сказал, что они планировали поехать в Европу, чтобы выйти замуж, но они надеялись быть в состоянии построить совместную жизнь в Беларуси.

Мы хотим, социальных изменений, интеграции с Европой, Трус сказал. В сегодняшней Беларуси, у нас нет будущего. Государство разжигает ненависть к людям, которые имеют нетрадиционную сексуальную ориентацию, которая только усиливает и без того высокий уровень нетерпимости в обществе.

Лукашенко открыто оскорбляют геев, которые он сказал, должны быть отправлены в колхозы для выполнения общественных работ. После встречи в 2011 году с министром иностранных дел Германии Гидо Вестервелле, который является геем, Лукашенко сделал свое знаменитое заявление сейчас, что лучше быть диктатором, чем геев.

Лукашенко, поклонник Советского Союза, безжалостно подавил инакомыслие и распространил свою власть посредством выборов, которые западные наблюдатели критиковали как недемократические. Соединенные Штаты и Европейский союз ввели экономические и туристические санкции в отношении белорусского правительства над его подавления оппозиции и независимых СМИ.

Любая попытка устроить гей-демонстрации прав человека в Беларуси, как правило, быстро разогнаны полицией. Но в прошлом году активисты удалось избежать полиции аренду трамвай и вождение через Минск украшен флагами радуги и знаков.

Члены GayBelarus провести подземный образовательных семинаров и встреч в малых городах, где геи имеют еще более трудные времена. В Гродно, где Tsikchanyuk утверждает, что он был избит, несколько семинаров запланировано на февраль.

Геи в первый раз получил некоторую надежду, что они могут изменить свое жалкое существование, они пришли к убеждению, что они могут бороться за свои права даже в Беларуси, сказал Androsenka, который привел гей-группы права в течение трех лет. Арендованной квартире, где он живет со своим партнером является штаб-квартирой группы, разбросанные книги, брошюры и радужные флаги.

Androsenka должна была выйти 2 февраля в США для участия в программе для лидеров гражданского общества под эгидой Государственного департамента. Но белорусские пограничники захватили его паспорт в то, что кажется абсурдным предлогом. Androsenka сказал, что они сказали ему его паспорт был указан в качестве потеряно, и что он сам сообщил об этом отсутствует. -


Миссия США при Организации по безопасности и сотрудничеству в Европе (ОБСЕ)
Заявление о ЛГБТ Преследование и политических заключенных в Беларуси

Выступление посла Иэна Келли
Постоянного совета ОБСЕ в Вене
14 февраля 2013

Благодарю Вас, господин Председатель.

Белорусский МИД опубликовал доклад, на прошлой неделе критикой соблюдения прав человека в 25 странах, включая Соединенные Штаты. Делегация Беларуси заявили, что этот доклад на последнем заседании Постоянного совета. Соединенные Штаты приветствуют диалог с другими странами и неправительственными организациями в отношении ситуации с правами человека в Соединенных Штатах. Мы призываем белорусские власти занимаются, а также, в диалоге о правах человека в Беларуси.

В этом контексте, Соединенные Штаты выражает свою глубокую озабоченность в связи с недавними инцидентами в Беларуси с участием официальных преследований лесбиянок, геев, бисексуалов и трансгендерных лиц.

По крайней мере четыре раза в этом году, полицейские рейды клубы посещают члены ЛГБТ-сообщества в Беларуси и на короткое время задержаны десятки в Минске и Витебске, в последний раз 8 февраля. Во время одного из рейдов, полиция сказала задержанных, что они были связаны? Неуместно? деятельность в области прав человека НПО GayBelarus. GayBelarus не смогла зарегистрировать юридически, а после ее вторая попытка сделать это в январе, полиция допрашивала более 60 членов неправительственной организации о своей деятельности.

Члены ЛГБТ-сообщества не одиноки перед лицом преследования и запугивания в Беларуси. Молодого фронта активиста Владимира Yaromenak был приговорен к 12 дням тюремного заключения 24 января за нарушение условий своего августе 2011 помиловании из тюрьмы. Первоначально он был приговорен к трем годам лишения свободы после в декабре 2010 репрессий.

Политические активисты и журналисты ограничены в своей свободе передвижения. Ирина Халип сообщает, что местная полиция сказала ей, что, как часть ее условное наказание, она не может свободно передвигаться. Халип, жена бывшего политзаключенного Андрея Санникова, который находится в изгнании, также является предметом комендантский час.

Мы приветствуем 9 февраля освобождение политических заключенных Василий Парфенков;, и мы пользуемся этой возможностью, чтобы вновь призываем правительство Беларуси выполнять свои обязательства в рамках ОБСЕ, немедленно и безоговорочно освободить всех политических заключенных, и обеспечить их полную реабилитацию. Уважение к демократии и правах человека в Беларуси остается центральным для преодоления страной? С международной изоляции и имеет важное значение для развития страны и благосостояния ее граждан.

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Mob stripped, tortured and bound 20 yr old mother accused of witchcraft, burned her alive in front of hundreds in Papua New Guinea (Graphic) – 080213 1455z

A mob stripped, tortured and bound a woman accused of witchcraft, then burned her alive in front of hundreds of horrified witnesses in a Papua New Guinea town, police said Friday. It was the latest sorcery-related killing in this South Pacific island nation.


(Photo: Post Courier/Associated Press) Bystanders watch as a woman accused of witchcraft is burned alive in the Western Highlands provincial capital of Mount Hagen in Papua New Guinea


Bystanders, including many children, watched and some took photographs of Wednesdays brutal slaying. Grisly pictures were published on the front pages of the countrys two largest newspapers, The National and the Post-Courier, while the prime minister, police and diplomats condemned the killing.


In rural Papua New Guinea, witchcraft is often blamed for unexplained misfortunes. Sorcery has traditionally been countered by sorcery, but responses to allegations of witchcraft have become increasingly violent in recent years.


Kepari Leniata, a 20-year-old mother, had been accused of sorcery by relatives of a 6-year-old boy who died in a hospital on Tuesday.


She was tortured with a hot iron rod, bound, doused in gasoline, and then set alight on a pile of car tires and trash in the Western Highlands provincial capital of Mount Hagen, national police spokesman Dominic Kakas said.


Deputy Police Commissioner Simon Kauba on Friday blasted Mount Hagen investigators by phone for failing to make a single arrest, Kakas said.


The public were apparently not co-operating with police, and police carrying out the investigation were not working hard enough, Kakas said.


He was very, very disappointed that theres been no arrest made as yet, Kakas said.


The incident happened in broad daylight in front of hundreds of eyewitnesses and yet we havent picked up any suspects yet, he added.


Kakas described the victims husband as the prime suspect and said the man had fled the province. Kakas said he did not know if there was a relationship between the husband and the dead boys family.


He said more than 50 people are suspected to have laid a hand on the victim and committed crimes in the mob attack. While many children had witnessed the killing, there were no child suspects, he said.


Kakas said onlookers were shocked by the brutality but were powerless to stop the mob. Police officers were also present but were outnumbered and could not save the woman, he said. There is an internal investigation under way into what action police at the scene took.


Police Commissioner Tom Kulunga described the slaying as shocking and devilish.


We are in the 21st century and this is totally unacceptable, Kulunga said in a statement.


He suggested courts be established to deal with sorcery allegations, as an alternative to villagers dispensing justice.


Prime Minister Pete ONeill said he had instructed police to use all available manpower to bring the killers to justice.


It is reprehensible that women, the old and the weak in our society should be targeted for alleged sorcery or wrongs that they actually have nothing to do with, ONeill said.


The U.S. Embassy in the national capital, Port Moresby, issued a statement calling for a sustained international partnership to enhance anti-gender-based violence laws throughout the Pacific.


The embassy of Australia, Papua New Guineas colonial ruler until independence in 1975 and now its biggest foreign aid donor, said: We join all reasonable Papua New Guineans in looking forward to the perpetrators being brought to justice.


The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said the killing adds to the growing pattern of vigilante attacks and killings of persons accused of sorcery in Papua New Guinea.


In other recent sorcery-related killings, police arrested 29 people in July last year accused of being part of a cannibal cult in Papua New Guineas jungle interior and charged them with the murders of seven suspected witch doctors.


Kakas could not immediately say what had become of the 29 since their first court appearances last year in the north coast province of Madang.


Police alleged the cult members ate their victims brains raw and made soup from their penises.


The killers allegedly believed that their victims practiced sorcery and that they had been extorting money as well as demanding sex from poor villagers for their supernatural services.


By eating witch doctors organs, the cult members believed they would attain supernatural powers.


Murder in punishable by death in Papua New Guinea, a poor tribal nation of 7 million people who are mostly subsistence farmers. But no one has been hanged since independence.


Barbaric murder shocks PC

Police commissioner Kulunga says Mt Hagen sorcery killing is shocking and devilish
Police Commissioner Tom Kulunga has condemned the Mt Hagen sorcery related killing, describing it is shocking and devilish.
Commissioner Kulunga said police would arrest and prosecute the murderers.
We are in the 21st century and this is totally unacceptable, Mr Kulunga said. He renewed calls previously made by the Constabulary for a holistic approach to putting an end to sorcery related killings.
Mr Kulunga said while those involved in the killing would be arrested and brought to justice the potential for future sorcery related killings still remained.
Churches, NGOs and relevant government departments need to take some responsibility in addressing this issue so that we end, if not minimise, further socery related killings, he said, adding that perhaps one way is to appoint special courts to deal with sorcery related cases.
Mr Kulunga also suggested education and the raising of awareness in provinces where such killings are widespread to deal with the issue.

PM condemns gruesome burning

PRIME Minister Peter ONeill has condemned the barbaric killing of a young woman in Mt Hagen on Wednesday and directed that the full force of the law be applied to those responsible.
The media has reported that a young mother, identified as Kepari Lanieta from Enga Province, was tortured with a hot iron rod and burnt alive in front of a crowd.
What has been reported is very barbaric and inhuman. No one commits such a despicable act in the society that all of us, including Kepari, belong to, the Prime Minister said yesterday.
Mr ONeill directed the Police Minister to ensure police use all the resources and manpower available to bring those responsible to justice.
Barbaric killings connected with alleged sorcery (and) violence against women because of the belief that sorcery kills (is unacceptable). These are becoming all too common in certain parts of the country, he said.
It is reprehensible that women, the old and the weak in our society, should be targeted for alleged sorcery or wrongs that they actually have nothing to do with.
I have told the Police Minister that I want to see those responsible for the killing of this woman brought to justice, Mr ONeill said.
I also want to appeal to the relatives of late Kepari to remain calm and allow police to carry out their work.
The Prime Minister also said the work of former Constitutional Review Commission Chairman late Joe Mek Teine will be reviewed to toughen laws on sorcery related killings.
Before he died in April 2011, Mr Teine was conducting a study into increasing sorcery related killings in the Highlands and reviewing the Criminal Code to address incidents in the region.-

Update 12 April 2013:

2 charged in Papua New Guinea ‘witch’ killing

USA TODAY 2:57 p.m. EST February 18, 2013

“Two people, believed to be the mother and uncle of a boy whose death they attributed to sorcery, face murder charges after a woman accused of witchcraft was allegedly tortured and burned alive.

SYDNEY (AP) — Papua New Guinea police charged two people on Monday with the grisly killing of a woman who was burned alive in front of hundreds of people, including young children, after being accused of witchcraft.

Janet Ware and Andrew Watea were charged with murder over the slaying of Kepari Leniata, a 20-year-old mother who was stripped, tortured with a hot iron rod, doused in gasoline and set alight on a pile of car tires and trash by a mob earlier this month.

Leniata had been accused of sorcery by relatives of a 6-year-old boy who had recently died in a hospital. Ware and Watea are believed to be the boy’s mother and uncle, police said in a statement.

The two were among more than 40 people who were detained last week in connection with Leniata’s slaying. The others were eventually released due to lack of evidence, but police said more arrests are expected.

In rural Papua New Guinea, witchcraft is often blamed for unexplained misfortunes, but the brutal killing was met with outrage across the South Pacific island nation, drawing condemnation from the prime minister, police and diplomats.

Police said the hundreds of onlookers, many of whom were children and teenagers, were powerless to stop the mob who participated in Leniata’s killing in the Western Highlands provincial capital of Mount Hagen. Police officers were also among the spectators, but were outnumbered and couldn’t save the woman, national police spokesman Dominic Kakas said. An internal investigation is under way into the police’s actions at the scene.

Murder is punishable by death in Papua New Guinea, although no one has been hanged since the country became independent in 1975.” –


Third detention in anti-gay Uganda crackdown


Police in Uganda have detained a third youth worker on homosexuality charges,  continuing their crackdown on the Youth on Rock Foundation (YRF), which runs anti-AIDS programs for LGBT youth.

Martin (Morgan) Kanyike, executive director of the foundation, was detained Tuesday, Jan. 29, on accusations of homosexuality and recruiting people into homosexuality.  He was put into a cell for about two hours, then was released on police bond, he said. His understanding was that he had been arrested, but that’s not entirely clear. He was not required to provide money in exchange for his release, Kanyike said.

His detention followed the arrest on Dec. 31 of Joseph Kawesi, co-founder of the foundation, and the arrest of Kabuye Najibu, the organization’s finance manager, on Jan. 2. Both were released after intervention by human rights defenders from Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and  the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP).


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Anti-gay mob beat 7 men; probe faults Nigerian response


The article “Anti-gay mob beat 7 men; probe faults Nigerian response” about the Jan. 12 attack in Nigeria has been removed from this blog, at least temporarily.

The article was based on an unfinished, draft version of a report prepared by investigators from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and the Improved Youth Health Initiative, an LGBTQ organisation working in Eastern Nigeria. The IGLHRC said that release of the draft report was premature.

Watch for renewed coverage of the incident when the report is finished.

Three men stripped and beaten for having gay sex in Nigeria


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Call for protests against Russian ‘gay propaganda’ bill


Призыв к акции протеста против законопроекта гей-пропаганды русский
Опубликовано 18 января 2013 года Колин Стюарт

Русские ЛГБТ-Сеть сегодня опубликовала этот призыв к международному протеста против предлагаемого национального запрет на гей-пропаганды, которая уже была принята Санкт-Петербурга и многих других регионов России.

Русско-протест-против-6-13-1Dear коллеги, друзья и союзники!

На вторник, Январь 22-го, русский Госдума рассмотрит в первом чтении федеральный запрет на так называемую “пропаганду гомосексуализма” – Статья 6.13.1, которая будет нарушать основные права человека на свободу собраний и выражения мнений, а также право искать и распространять информацию.

Закон ставит под угрозу не только деятельность защитников прав человека, а также благополучие и жизнь людей ЛГБТ в целом, которые будут подвергаться еще большему насилию и дискриминации в связи с институциональной стигматизации.
Английский: Логотип русский ЛГБТ-Сеть Русский: …

Английская версия Русская логотип ЛГБТ-Сети (фото ccourtesy из Википедии)

Во вторник активисты русского ЛГБТ-Сеть проводим действия в нескольких городах России в знак протеста против статьи 6.13.1 и реагировать на отрицательную маркировку ЛГБТ законодателями.

Пожалуйста, поддержите нашу акцию и присоединиться к протесту проведение демонстрации перед русской миссии в вашем городе в январе 22-го. Информация о ваших планах действий, а также фото и видео, будет высоко ценится. Пожалуйста, присылайте их a.smirnova @ и maria.k @


The Russian LGBT Network today issued this call for international protests against the proposed national ban on “gay propaganda,” which has already been adopted by St. Petersburg and many other Russian regions.

Russian-protest-against-6-13-1Dear colleagues, friends, and allies!

On Tuesday, January 22d, the Russian State Duma will consider in the first reading the federal ban of the so-called “homosexual propaganda” – Article 6.13.1, which would violate fundamental human rights to freedom of assembly and expression, as well as the right to seek and distribute information.

The law puts at risk not only activities of human rights defenders, but also well-being and lives of LGBT people in general, who will be exposed to even greater violence and discrimination due to institutionalized stigmatization.

On Tuesday, activists of the Russian LGBT Network are holding actions in several Russian cities to protest against Article 6.13.1 and to respond to the negative labeling of LGBT by…

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Jamaica might get anti-discrimination law


Mark Golding, Jamaica’s Minister of Justice, today hinted that general anti-discrimination legislation may soon be introduced.

His comments came in response to a critical report by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which addressed human rights abuses against LGBTs in Jamaica.

The Civil Service Staff Orders of 2004 (which have the force of law) already protect Jamaican civil servants from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.

A general anti-discrimination law would simply extend this protection to all Jamaicans.

However, there will likely be strong opposition from the powerful and influential religious fundamentalists who effectively blocked broad anti-discrimination language from being included in the 2011 revision to Jamaica’s Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms.

Golding did not address the country’s buggery laws, which provide for prison sentences of up to 10 years for male homosexual activity.

For more information, see the article “Specific laws needed to target discrimination – Golding”

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In his cell in Cameroon, awaiting trial for homosexuality


Arrested in June, locked up in July, Samuel Gervais Akam remains in a cell in Cameroon’s overcrowded New Bell prison, awaiting trial on charges of homosexuality.

His story, told by sources close to Akam, is an ambiguous and complex tale about a married middle-aged pastry chef whose dispute with an 18-year-old boy about money and sex landed him in prison.

It started June 24 when the two met after nearly three months of dialogue on Gayromeo, a gay dating site that is popular with gay men in Cameroon. The rendezvous was between Akam, 42, of Douala, and Arold, 18, a vendor in the nearby Deido area.

When they met, everything seemed fine and Arold agreed to sex. Afterwards, when the time came to part, Akam gave Arold 2,000 FCFA (about $4) for transportation.

Arold said that was too little. Instead, he asked for 50,000 FCFA (about $100). Annoyed, Akam agreed…

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Roger Mbede remains free for now in Cameroon

#LGBT #Cameroon #Africa #News/ #RogerMbede’s 3-yr prison sentence for #homosexuality remains on hold, at least for 2 mths


A Cameroon man’s three-year prison sentence for homosexuality remains on hold, at least for two months.

Jean-Claude Roger Mbede served one year of the three-year sentence before he was released for medical treatment this summer.

His appeal was scheduled to be heard Monday (Sept. 17).

The panel of judges had changed from previous hearings and documents were missing in the case file.

The hearing was rescheduled for Nov. 19, so Mbede should be able to remain at liberty until then.

Representatives of many human rights and gay rights organizations attended yesterday’s appeal hearing, including CAMFAIDS, Humanity First Cameroon,  Affirmative Action, ACODEV, ADEFHO,  IGLHRC and Avocats Sans Frontières.

Mbede is the subject of an Amnesty International campaign for his release as well as a petition drive by he activist organization, which has gathered support from more than 100,000 people who have asked the Cameroonian government to keep him out…

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18+ cases of violence and repression of LGBTs in Zimbabwe


Second of four articles about the treatment of LGBTIs in Zimbabwe, this one describing 18 incidents of violence, harassment and extortion by police and others.


LGBTI activists in Zimbabwe say they have documented more than 30 cases of people who were arrested or detained last year because of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

Often police arrest or detain individuals without charge or on charges related to ambiguous or inapplicable criminal laws, according to  Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe, or GALZ.

In its newly released “Violations Report” for last year, GALZ cited these 18 incidents involving lesbians, gays, bisexual, transgender or intersex people and their supporters:

In Bulawayo, three police details illegally entered and searched the home of Joseph, a known member of GALZ, ostensibly looking for “pornographic materials.” Joseph and his friend were arrested, handcuffed, and detained overnight without being informed of any charges…

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Russia: 40 gay-rights, Orthodox Church activists arrested during protests in Moscow (English & Russian) Россия: 40 гей-прав, православные активисты церкви арестованы во время акций протеста в Москве (на английском и русском языках)

About 40 people were detained in Moscow on Sunday when Russian Orthodox Church activists threw water and shouted prayers at gay-rights demonstrators at two separate rallies.

According to Reuters, some Orthodox activists attempted to punch protesters, grabbing their rainbow flags and stomping on them in front of TV cameras. The protests took place outside city hall and parliament, and neither was sanctioned by Moscow authorities.

Prominent gay-rights activist Nikolai Alexeyev is said to be amongthose arrested near city hall

Около 40 человек были задержаны в Москве в воскресенье, когда активисты Русской Православной Церкви бросил воду и закричал молитвы в гей-прав демонстрантов на две отдельные акции.
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По данным Reuters, некоторые православные активисты пытались пробить протестующих, хватая их флаги радуги и топать на них перед телекамерами. Акции протеста имели место за пределами мэрии и парламента, и не был санкционирован московскими властями.

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Nikolai Alexeyev 27 May 2012
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REU: Almost all of the approximately 30 gay rights protesters were detained, and many fewer of the roughly 50 Orthodox activists involved.

Nikolai Alexeyev, the leader of the gay rights protests, said he was detained for talking to journalists.

“I am arrested at Moscow Pride City Hall protest,” he wrote in police custody on Twitter. “I have no words.”

Police told state-run news agency Itar-Tass that about 40 people had been detained at the protests.

“All of our rights are being trampled on here in Russia,” said demonstrator Igor Yasin. “Your rights aren’t safe and you’re not physically safe.”

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REU: Почти все около 30 протестующих права геев были задержаны, и много меньше около 50 православных активистов участие.

Николай Алексеев, лидер гей-протестов человека, сказал, что он был задержан для общения с журналистами.

“Я арестован в Москве Pride протест мэрии”, писал он в полицейском участке на Twitter. “У меня нет слов.”

Полиция сказала государственное информационное агентство ИТАР-ТАСС, что около 40 человек были задержаны на акции протеста.

“Все наши права попираются здесь, в России”, сказал демонстратор Игорь Ясин. “Ваши права не являются безопасными, и вы физически не в безопасности.

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