According to the Associated Press, some of the data that WikiLeaks has released from Saudi Arabia may be sensitive data about private citizens. The data in question includes HIV status, plus names of rape victims and people arrested for homosexuality. As we saw with the ugliness between The Daily Beast and gay Olympians, people need to be very careful when sharing information about gay people who are living in anti-LGBTQ countries. We’ve got that story and more in this look at the various studies and research that’s being done about queer people around the world.
- The UN Human Rights Council began evaluating candidates for the new independent expert to monitor human rights violations against LGBTI people. A five-member Consultative Group announced three top candidates. However, the Egyptian ambassador to the group refused to participate and released a statement reiterating that the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will not recognize or cooperate with the new expert.
- UNDP and the Asia-Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions published the manual ‘Promoting and Protecting Human Rights in relation to Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Sex Characteristics’ that provides definitions, case studies, and other materials as guidance for National Human Rights Institutions.
- The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice released a new report on international Intersex human rights issues that includes terminology, common questions, and human rights and legal issues.
- And a new US survey found that young adults overwhelmingly support LGBT rights. The survey also showed an increase of support for LGBT among young Asian-Americans, African-Americans, and Latinos.
- Two new studies from Kenya and South Africa analyzed how marginalized communities including LGBTQ people use technology and are impacted by transparency and privacy issues.
- Research from Canada revealed that lesbian, gay, and bi youth are more likely to have eating disorders than their heterosexual counterparts. And a new study from the US CDC found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual teens have significantly higher prevalence of rape, sexual assault, and attempted suicide than heterosexual teens.
- Human Rights Watch released a report on the violence and discrimination faced by gender non-conforming and other LGBTI people in Sri Lanka. The report emphasized how police harassment and arbitrary detention prevents victims from reporting crimes.
- The African Queer Youth Initiative and Advocates for Youth published the results of their survey on the needs, challenges, and priorities of young LGBTIQ Africans. They are denied access to comprehensive sexuality education, access to information on sexual health and life-saving services.
- Meanwhile, the Associate Press reported that over the past year data dumps by WikiLeaks have revealed sensitive information of private Saudi Arabians, including medical data and HIV status, rape victims, and names of people arrested for being gay.
- The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights announced ‘progress’ on human rights of LGBTI people, noting in particular legislative changes adopted in 2016 in Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, and Argentina.
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