25 January 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on LGBTI rights

Articles

Violent deaths of LGBT people in Brazil hit all-time high
by The Guardian, 22 Jan 2018

Violent deaths of LGBT people in Brazil have hit an all-time high following a sudden spike last year, new research reveals.At least 445 LGBT Brazilians died as victims of homophobia in 2017 – a 30% increase from 2016, according to LGBT watchdog group Grupo Gay de Bahia. 
 

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More Arrests in Egypt’s LGBT Crackdown, but No International Outcry
by Human Rights Watch, 22 Jan 2018

This week Egyptian police arrested 10 people in the latest assault on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in the country under the rule of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. But in the face of relentless persecution of sexual and gender minorities in Egypt, world leaders remain largely silent.

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Why is no one talking about the Brexit threat to LGBT rights?
by The Guardian, 22 Jan 2018

The House of Commons has voted to reject the only treaty binding on the UK that expressly protects against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. If the EU withdrawal bill is unamended in the Lords, the EU charter will cease to have effect in UK law after Brexit. Article 21 of the charter, inter alia, prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation.
 

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Trump administration to introduce rule allowing medical workers to deny abortions or refuse treat transgender patients
by Independent, 18 Jan 2018

The Trump administration has reportedly developed rules to shield healthcare workers who do not want to perform abortions or provide services to transgender patients, in a move activists have called a “license to discriminate” against LGBT people and women.
 

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