This No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) news digest rounds up some of the week’s top LGBTI rights stories for the week ending 23 May
Almost half of LGBTI Asian-American youth are critical of their identity
GayStarNews, 22 May 2019
A new report from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the University of Connecticut (UCONN) reveals the experiences of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) LGBTI youth in the United States. Their experiences consist of high rates of mental health struggles, discrimination, and harassment, stemming from homophobia, transphobia, and racism.
European elections: sex and religion dominate campaigning in Poland
The Guardian, 22 May 2019
Campaigning in Poland for the European elections has descended into a war of words over religion, sex and morality after a documentary on clerical abuse raised questions about the government’s ties to the Catholic church and the ruling party campaign sought to portray LGBT rights supporters as a threat to children.
Anti-LGBTI violence still acceptable in many countries, new study shows
GayStarNews, 22 May 2019
Homophobic violence is still widely endorsed in several countries, new research highlights. The study on the Journal of Interpersonal Violence by the Honour Abuse Research Matrix (HARM) at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), analyzed attitudes to violence against the LGBT community. The research focused on five countries: India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Iran and England.
UNHCR wants to better protect LGBTI refugees
Info Migrants, 21 May 2019
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, last week launched a series of consultations to identify ways of ensuring that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) refugees are better protected and are able to seek justice and support when they experience violence and discrimination, the organization said in a statement.
Fifteen years of LGBTI community activism in Lebanon: A story of existence and oppression
Amnesty International , 17 May 2019
The sun was shining above the groups demonstrating against the US-British military campaign against Iraq in 2003 in Beirut. We were a group of eager youths, university student activists meeting in front of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA) building in the city centre. We stood at a corner, trying to avoid a crowd calling for the victory of the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and another crowd cheering for a holy war in which Islam would defeat Christianity.