Around the World: Record Violence After Trump and Brexit, 8-Year-Old Ugandan Arrested as Lesbian, UK Police Dismiss Queer Complaints News

Around the World: Record Violence After Trump and Brexit, 8-Year-Old Ugandan Arrested as Lesbian, UK Police Dismiss Queer Complaints

Written by Matt Keeley on October 04, 2017
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Much ado has been made about how Donald Trump’s election has empowered bigots. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there were 867 incidents of violence against Jews, Muslims, immigrants, black people, women and the LGBTQ community. Likewise, in the UK, Brexit has led to a 147% increase in anti-gay hate crimes. This and more in our look at crime around the world.

  • For the first time, an Ivory Coast court convicted two men accused of engaging in same-sex sexual acts to prison after an uncle of one of the men reported the couple to the police. Although Ivory Coast does not explicitly criminalize homosexuality, the two were found guilty of public indecency.

  • An 8-year-old Ugandan girl was arrested by police after a neighbor reported her for having “romantic relationships” with other girls. Noluvo Swelindawo, a 22-year-old South African lesbian was dragged from her home and murdered by a gang of men in what activists say is another example of “corrective rape.”

  • The UK’s Independent Police Complaints Commission issued 17 notices of misconduct to the Metropolitan Police over the investigation of date-rape serial killer Stephen Port. Friends and activists say the police routinely dismiss complaints from LGBT community, leading to the mishandling of Port’s victims. Scotland Yard is reviewing 58 similar murders that were previously dismissed and are asking the community to come forward with any information on other victims.

  • A Turkish court sentenced to prison three men who sexually assaulted LGBTI activist Kemal Ördek during a home invasion. The European Council Human Rights Commissioner and a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights had urged Turkish authorities to honor commitments to LGBTI people in response to the attack.

  • The UK Equality and Human Rights Commission sent an open letter to UK politicians warning that their polarizing language is “legitimizing hate” and is contributing to the post-Brexit rise in racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic violence. Data from LGBT charity Galop shows a 147% increase in LGBT hate crimes following the vote compared to last year. 

  • The Southern Poverty Law Center reported that in the 10 days following the US election there were 867 incidents against Jews, Muslims, immigrants, African Americans, LGBT people, and women. The report did not include online harassment.

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