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LGBTQ World News Digest: 20 International Stories You Need to Know About

KENYA. High court upholds law making gay sex illegal: ‘Same-sex relations have been banned since the British colonized Kenya in the late 19th century. Kenya’s penal code criminalizes “carnal knowledge against the order of nature.” Anyone found engaging in same-sex relationships could face up to 14 years in prison.The Kenyan High Court declined to decriminalize same-sex relations. The decision was a setback to the LGBTQI moment in Africa, where same-sex relationships are largely seen as taboo.’ ALSO: First Gay Couple Marries in Taiwan as Marriage Equality Comes to Asia: WATCH...
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U.S. Sanctions Chechen Officials Responsible for Torture and Detention of Gay Men

Chechen Leader Ramzan Kadyrov The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday sanctioned several Chechen officials and a law enforcement agency in relation to a new wave of persecution of gay men in the southern Russian Republic: Abuzayed Vismuradov, the Terek Special Rapid Response Team (a special division of first responders), Sergey Leonidovich Kossiev, Ruslan Geremeyev. Radio Free Europe reports: ‘The individuals targeted were sanctioned under the 2012 Magnitsky Act. That law, and a wider one passed four years later, gives U.S. officials the authority to sanction people and entities for human...
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Gay Men Tortured, Raped with Sticks, Electrocuted in Hideous New Round of Persecution in Chechnya

Chechnyan Leader Ramzan Kadyrov A new wave of violent persecution has begun against men perceived to be gay in the southern Russian republic of Chechnya, according to several men who were interviewed by the group Human Rights Watch. At least 23 men were detained between December and April, according to the Russia LGBT Network. HRW reports: ‘Human Rights Watch interviewed four men who were detained for between three and 20 days, between December 2018 and February 2019, at the Grozny Internal Affairs Department compound. Police officials there kicked them with...
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