18 May 2016
As part of its International Day Against Homophobia Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) (which was marked around the world yesterday) US based Human Rights Campaign organisation released it’s ‘Global Equality Report’.
The report highlights that 75 countries around the world currently criminalise same-sex relationships and notes that in 2016, 100 transgender and gender diverse people have already been murdered worldwide. This number is the highest in the first four months of the year since 2008.
It also highlights that in up to ten countries around the world, same-sex conduct is punishable by death. These countries include Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Somalia.
Activism and advocacy is silenced by law in a number of countries and alongside Russia governments in Nigeria and Lithuania have also passed similar draconian anti-gay laws.
The Human Rights Campaign also recognised the day by launching a video series celebrating LGBTI global innovators around the world and sharing some of their stories. The videos include the story of a woman who runs a LGBTI organisation in Russia and a Ugandan LGBTI sex worker activist.