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New York Times Examines Foreign Policy, Diplomacy Surrounding Gay Rights

New York Times: Antigay Laws Gain Global Attention; Countering Them Remains Challenge “…The issue of gay rights has catapulted up the diplomatic agenda in recent years, as international organizations have extended rights protections to gays and lesbians and donor nations have faced new challenges in dealing with governments that discriminate…”…

U.S. Releases Annual Global Report On Human Rights

The U.S. Department of State released its annual report on human rights on Thursday, with remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry and further remarks by Acting Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Uzra Zeya. Several news outlets discuss findings of the report. Associated Press:…

Donors To Uganda Continue To Announce Aid Suspensions Because Of Anti-Gay Law

As international outcry over Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill continues, the World Bank announces it has postponed a loan to the country meant to strengthen its health care system. Associated Press: Uganda slapped with aid cuts over anti-gay law “Uganda’s government has been hit with substantial aid cuts after the president enacted…

Criminalizing Homosexuality ‘Might Do Untold Damage’ To HIV Treatment, Prevention Efforts

The Lancet: Criminalizing homosexuality threatens the fight against HIV/AIDS Ashton Barnett-Vanes of St. George’s University of London “…Criminalizing homosexuality might do untold damage to HIV treatment and prevention efforts that have succeeded in engaging with the homosexual community. … The ambitious goals to tackle HIV by 2015 as outlined by…

U.N. To Recognize March 1 As ‘Zero Discrimination Day’

U.N. News Centre: Ahead of Zero Discrimination Day, U.N. agency appeals for tolerance, dignity for all “‘Zero Discrimination Day,’ to be marked on 1 March, is a worldwide call to promote and celebrate everyone’s right to a full life with dignity — no matter what they look like, where they…

Discriminatory Laws Hurt Societies, Economies

Washington Post: Discrimination by law carries a high price Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group Eighty-three countries ” — in the Americas, Asia, Africa and the Middle East — have passed laws that make homosexuality illegal. … More than 100 countries discriminate against women. And an even…

Global Community Must ‘Keep Going’ To Create AIDS-Free Future

In a guest post for the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog, Naomi Rutenberg, vice president and director for HIV/AIDS at the Population Council, asserts that even in light of recent political developments and anti-gay measures, “creating an AIDS-free future is contingent on addressing the discrimination that has…

African Leaders Have Obligation To Protect Citizens, Including Those In LGBT Communities

New York Times: Antigay Laws in Africa Adotei Akwei, managing director of government relations at Amnesty International USA “The new antigay law in Uganda is alarming and, sadly, not shocking. … [I]t follows the passage of similar legislation in Nigeria and fits within a growing trend that Amnesty International reported…

AIDS-Free World Directors Ask For Removal Of U.N. Special Envoy For HIV/AIDS In Africa

In a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Paula Donovan and Stephen Lewis, co-directors of AIDS-Free World, state, “We write to you out of deep concern regarding Ms. Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe, U.N. Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. In the wake of Uganda’s passage of a law criminalizing homosexuality, Ms. Wandira-Kazibwe’s…

Western Countries Continue To React To Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law

News outlets continue to report on reactions to Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, signed into law this week by President Yoweri Museveni. Associated Press: Uganda health minister: Gays will still get care “…Now that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has signed a new law imposing harsh sentences for gay sex, life is expected…