This No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) news digest rounds up some of the week’s top LGBTI rights stories for the week ending 18 April:
Pete Buttigieg Confronted by Religious Protester in Iowa
Bloomberg, 17 Apr 2019
Des Moines, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg says President Donald Trump is “kind of like a Chinese finger trap — you know, the harder you pull, the more you get stuck” and warns that Democrats shouldn’t get bogged down in trying to “knock him flat with some zinger.”
In Iowa for the first time since officially launching his campaign , Buttigieg discussed how to defeat Trump after drawing an audience of more than 1,600 people at a Des Moines rally Tuesday night.
Sultan of Brunei’s honour revoked by University of Aberdeen over anti-LGBT laws
BBC, 17 Apr 2019
An honorary degree awarded by the University of Aberdeen to the Sultan of Brunei has been revoked after his country made gay sex an offence punishable by death. The strict new Islamic laws came into force earlier this month. The university initially said Hassanal Bolkiah’s 1995 honour was under review, and it was then recommended the award be revoked. The university said the honorary degree had now been revoked.
Revealed: British police received £150,000 to train Brunei officers
The Guardian, 17 Apr 2019
British police were paid £151,000 to provide leadership training to senior officers in Brunei, some of whom may now be involved in imposing draconian new laws that punish gay sex and adultery with death by stoning.
The College of Policing, an arm’s-length body of the Home Office, provided 235 days’ worth of training to eight Brunei police officers between 2012 and 2016, according to a freedom of information response.
New criminal code ‘good news’ for LGBTI community
Prishtina Insight, 15 Apr 2019
The Center for Equality and Liberty of the LGBTI community in Kosovo, CEL, celebrated the entry into force of amendments to Kosovo’s Criminal Code on Monday, which provides stronger legal protection for the LGBTI community in the country.
The adoption of these amendments follows more than six years of work, when amendments of the penal code were initially demanded in 2013. The government created an advisory and coordination group tasked with reviewing the Criminal Code and proposing recommendations for further protection of the LGBTI community.
Q&A: A Media Haven for Europe’s LGBTI Roma
Open Society Foundations, 11 Apr 2019
You recently launched an independent multimedia platform called Queer Roma TV (QRTV). Tell us more about it?
QRTV’s main goal as a digital TV station is to provide greater visibility to members of the queer Roma community and to bring marginalized people together. Our hope is that by doing this, we’ll show people how much diversity and complexity there is within these communities, which are often and mistakenly seen as monolithic.