Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill (New Zealand)

On August 10, 2018 the New Zealand Governance and Administration Committee issued a report on the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill, recommending that the bill be passed with proposed amendments. The bill reenacts the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act of 1995, and contains the following proposed amendments, among others:  Continue reading “Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill (New Zealand)”

Jade Follett & No Pride In Prisons @noprisonpride (New Zealand)

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Jade Follett is a Man who identifies as a Woman who stabbed a man who stalked and threatened her after they met through a dating website. Follett was sentenced to 21 months in jail. The group No Pride in Prisons wants Follett transferred to a Women’s prison, which happened mere hours after its protest.

Follett deserves to be kept safe while serving time in prison, as do Women. Housing males with Women places Women at risk of sexual and other assault and violates international standards regarding the treatment of incarcerated persons.

Incarcerated Women deserve to be treated humanely while serving their sentences, which means space away from males. The United Nations affirmed this belief in its Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners:

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Not once have we seen any of these so-called “social justice” groups express the least bit of concern for incarcerated Women who are forced to share housing with Males in the name of “social justice.”

Jailed transgender woman felt more supported by inmates than the public – National – NZ Herald News

Transgender prisoner moved to women’s jail – National – NZ Herald News

LGBT Core Group at U.N. on Ending Violence and Discrimination (United Nations)

The LGBT Core Group at the United Nations issued a declaration on Ending Violence and Discrimination against Individuals Based on Their Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

LGBT Core Group at U.N. on Ending Violence and Discrimination.

 

Sexual Minorities Uganda v. Lively (USA)

On March 14, 2012, the Center for Constitutional Rights filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Sexual Minorities Uganda, a non-profit umbrella organization for LGBT advocacy groups in Uganda, against Abiding Truth Ministries President Scott Lively. The lawsuit alleges that Lively’s involvement in anti-gay efforts in Uganda, including his active participation in the conspiracy to strip away fundamental rights from LGBT persons, constitutes persecution. This is the first known Alien Tort Statute (ATS) case seeking accountability for persecution on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Court recently denied Lively’s Motion to Dismiss, and the case has been referred for pretrial scheduling.

Sexual Minorities Uganda v. Lively.

 

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

Ten nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) signed a declaration of human rights that does not include protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The nations of ASEAN are Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, forming a collective population of 600 million people.

ASEAN Human Rights Declaration

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Phnom Penh Statement 

News Report.

Resolution on Extrajudicial Executions (United Nations)

Sweden seeks to amend the United Nations’ Resolution on Extrajudicial Executions (EJEs) to include a reference to gender identity.

For the past 12 years, this resolution has urged States “to investigate promptly and thoroughly all killings, including… all killings committed for any discriminatory reason, including sexual orientation.” Apart from Human Rights Council resolution 17/19, it is the only UN resolution with an explicit reference to sexual orientation.

United Nations Background on Extrajudicial Executions.

News Report.

U.N. Refugee Agency (United Nations)

The U.N. Refugee Agency (“UNHCR”) issued new Guidelines on International Protection for people seeking refugee status due to persecution on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

The Guidelines define “gender identity” as “each person’s deeply felt internal and individual experience of gender, which may or may not correspond with the sex assigned at birth, including the personal sense of the body and other expressions of gender, including dress, speech and mannerisms.”  The Guidelines state that “gender identity and its expression … take many forms, with some individuals identifying neither as male nor female, or as both. Whether one’s sexual orientation is determined by, inter alia, genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and/or cultural influences (or a combination thereof), most people experience little or no sense of choice about their sexual orientation.”

Guidelines on International Protection No. 9: Claims to Refugee Status based on Sexual Orientation and/or Gender Identity within the context of Article 1A(2) of the 1951 Convention and/or its 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees, 23 October 2012, HCR/GIP/12/01: Claims to Refugee Status based on Sexual Orientation andor Gender Identity

Press Release.