We dedicate a small space to the articles of Ismar Smailbegović an LGBT activist currently residing in Bosnia and Herzegovina, he will talk about the difficulties encountered by the homosexual community in this country. International Support – Human Rights is very interested in the experiences of activists of all nationalities and we hope this will be the first of many collaborations.
Uganda is one of the 37 African countries where homosexuality is still illegal and homosexuals incur severe penalties. Even in Uganda, as well as in many other countries, eradicating the colonial legacy is not easy. The law criminalizing homosexuality is based on the legal means of the ex-British Empire. Great Britain imposed the aforementioned laws at the time of colonization and even other countries such as France applied such restrictive rules, even though they dissolved over time.
Brutal assault against transgender refugees under the protection of UHNCR in a Kenyan camp: one of them is in a coma
International Support – Human Rights reiterates once more its appeal to the UNHCR of Kenya to stop the violence pursued against LGBTI people in the Kakuma Camp. Despite the numerous requests for intervention there hasn’t been any improvement and the latest attacks have been gruesome. We cannot ignore these terrible events, we need a prompt response to stop the spreading violence and concrete protection measures for the homosexual community living in the camps.
International Support – Human Rights has written this report on sexual discrimination in Latin America, mostly based on social prejudices and the stereotypes that have arisen against the homosexual community. To try to understand what has been improved and what needs to be done for a good social inclusion. The data obtained comes from reports by the Inter American Commission, Ilga, the United Nations and websites of LGBTI associations of Latin America. We hope that our work will be appreciated and we hope to continue to provide better service in the future in order to guarantee a better support to the homosexual community against discrimination and violence.
International Support – Human Rights (ISHR) wrote a report in order to explain the Latin American LGBTI people situation, to know the real improvement made in last years about their own rights and to understand which countries are still discriminating about them. LGBTI’s life (lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender) is not easy in some Latin American countries. Prejudice and social stereotype, together with religion, cause a very serious discrimination in some states. LGBTI people are also subjected to violence and intimidation by law enforcement and, especially in some areas of Latin America, there is a high rate of homicides. Transgender people are the most damaged.
International Support – Human Rights had an email exchange with the LGBTIQ refugees’ representative from the Kakuma camp in Kenya to talk about the inconvenience they face and their daily difficulties in order to improve their life conditions and our work. International Support – Human Rights will not divulge their name due to security reasons. There are many points that need to be developed in our work, our goal is to be able to improve the long staying in the camps of the LGBTIQ refugees. Most of them are from Uganda. Our goal is to reduce discrimination and facilitate asylum and resettlement procedures in other countries that can provide them with adequate protection.
Words that seemed to be lost are getting back into the public discourse acquiring a new stronger meaning. “Solidarity” is one of those words and, although immersed in the present, is not immemorial to the past and requires contemplating the future.
It had become a banished word. In fact, they wanted to get rid of it or to erase any positive meaning by overturning it in its opposite. It is no longer a matter of a good relationship between people, but crime – a crime of solidarity, when the behavior of the others, the illegal immigrant, for example, is considered unlawful and even criminal penalties are applied to those who want to guarantee fundamental rights, such as health or education.