Tuesday , 15 October 2019

Tag Archives: LGBTI Rights

Pope Francis: denying same-sex marriage licences is “human right”

Pope Francis

  The Pope has stated that government officials have a “human right” to refuse to carry out a duty on conscience grounds, such as issuing marriage licenses to homosexuals. Reuters reports that Pope Francis made the comments when he spoke to reporters after returning home from a tour of the USA and Cuba. During his time in the States, His ...

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Saudi Arabia opposes LGBTI rights inclusion in UN development goals

Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir

Saudi Arabia said it objects to the inclusion of LGBTI rights in the United Nations’ (UN) new agenda for global development because it runs “counter to Islamic law.” The UN adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Friday, calling for development agreements in fields ranging from healthcare to economic equity. Some targets, which relate to universal access to reproductive healthcare ...

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Shami Chakrabarti: scrapping Human Rights act harmful to LGBTI and women’s rights

Shami Chakrabarti

In an exclusive KaleidoScot interview, Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, warns that the UK government’s plans to dilute or scrap the Human Rights Act (HRA) and the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) will adversely affect LGBTI and women’s rights. Chakrabatri also warned that such a legal change will hurt the UK’s standing internationally and erode confidence in the sincerity of ...

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Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland says NO to scrapping the Human Rights Act

Nicola Sturgeon

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, warned that the Scottish Government will block any attempt by the UK government to scrap the Human Rights Act (HRA) and weaken the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) that is embedded within it. In a speech she said the responsibility for the Human Rights Act is with the UK parliament but ECHR and human ...

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European leader labels Russian laws “wrong and out of date”

Thorbjørn Jagland:

  The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has today described Russian laws banning “homosexual propaganda” as “completely wrong and out of date”. Jagland, who is a former Norwegian Prime Minister and a one-time advisor to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, has been a consistent advocate of LGBTI equality and has previously insisted Russia allows its LGBTI ...

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Anti gay Saudi to head key UN Human Rights panel

Faisal bin Hassan Trad

The Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United Nations (UN), who opposes LGBTI rights, was appointed to chair a key panel in the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Faisal bin Hassan Trad will chair the five-member Consultative Group, a UNHRC panel that is tasked with naming experts that determine global human rights standards. Human rights campaigners from the kingdom and across the ...

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Shock as trans activist found dead


A vocal LGBT activist, who was an outspoken advocate for transgender rights, has been found dead in her flat in Dundee. Danielle Robins, aged 21, was a computing student and the president of Abertay University’s LGBT Society. Her body was discovered by friends on Sunday after failing to contact her. Only last week Danielle had been making headlines after promoting ...

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Kezia Dugdale: I support equal recognition, LGBTI education

Kezia Dugdale

KaleidoScot asks the two contestants for the Scottish Labour leadership some questions about LGBTI rights, in our second interview, we speak with Kezia Dugdale. Dugdale, who is an MSP for the Lothian constituency, says transgender and intersex rights are an urgent priority, and she is committed to compulsory RSHPE.  See how she answers our questions below.  KaleidoScot: What have you ...

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Ken Macintosh: I’m committed to LGBTI equality and fighting homophobia

Ken Macintosh

KaleidoScot asks the two contestants for the Scottish Labour leadership some questions about LGBTI rights, first we speak with Ken Macintosh. Macintosh, who is an MSP for the Eastwood constituency, in East Renfrewshire, says he is committed to LGBTI equality, and tackling homophobia.  See how he answers our questions below. KaleidoScot: What have you done to promote LGBTI rights during ...

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Charlie Hides asks: Glasgow Free pride an acute case of “KneeJerkitis”?

Charlie Hides

We catch up with Charlie Hide who just launched a video posing some questions for Free Pride organisers who said they wanted to ban drag artists from their event (see below). For all those those who have been on planet Uranus for the past decade, Charlie Hides is a celebrity impersonator, stand up comedian, Royal Television Society Award and has ...

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