Global Respect Act

Published: June 19, 2012

human rights first
Original Article:

There is an alarming trend of violence and discrimination directed at LGBT individuals around the world. Every year, thousands of individuals are targeted for harassment, attack, arrest, and murder on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Many who commit crimes against LGBT individuals do so with complete impunity.

In 2013, Russia enacted a ban on arbitrarily-defined “homosexual propaganda,” endangering the position of many LGBT persons and their allies. India’s Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling and reinstated the nation’s criminalization of homosexuality in the world’s second largest country. Nigeria went even further by passing a law criminalizing the actions of those who simply associate with LGBT individuals. Recently, Brunei joined the most notorious of discriminatory countries by introducing a new penal code that will phase in the death penalty for homosexual acts over the upcoming several years.

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