AJWS and Human Rights Organizations Meet with White House to Make the Case for a Special U.S. Envoy for LGBT Rights

American Jewish World Service (AJWS) and a coalition of advocacy and human rights organizations met with White House officials to ask Pres. Obama to appoint a Special Envoy for the human rights of LGBT peoples within the U.S. Department of State.

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Council Co-sponsors Reception for Young African Leaders

On Monday, a reception was held at Human Rights Campaign for the young African leaders who are in Washington, DC for the White House's Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). The reception honored the YALI participants and gave them the opportunity to meet U.S. based activists working on international LGBT issues.

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2013 Human Rights Reports

The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices continue to point to a range of serious human rights abuses directed at LGBT populations. You can view and download the section, by region, of the report that catalogues "Societal Abuses Discrimination, and Acts of Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity"


Uganda's Constitutional Court Strikes Down Anti-Homosexuality Law

royalmile-ugandaAugust 1, 2014 -- The Council for Global Equality welcomes the decision today by Uganda's Constitutional Court to strike down that country's odious "Anti-Homosexuality" Law. The Court determined that the passage of the law was not in keeping with correct democratic procedures and struck it down on technical grounds involving the lack of a quorum to pass the bill. The civil society leaders who led the challenge to the law, and stood firmly in support of human rights for all Ugandans, won a remarkable victory for human rights and democracy today. We applaud them, along with those in the international community who have steadfastly opposed this anti-democratic and discriminatory law.  

The Council urges that Ugandan officials not reintroduce the bill and instead move forward toward equality for all Ugandans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.  We also hope that President Museveni of Uganda will use the occasion of his official visit to Washington next week for the first-ever Africa Leaders Summit to demonstrate a stronger appreciation of the principle that all citizens, including Uganda's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender minority, deserve equal respect and treatment under the law.

The Council for Global Equality Welcomes the White House Efforts to Protect Human Rights in Uganda

the white house washingtonThe Council for Global Equality welcomes today’s White House announcement of new, concrete steps in our country’s bilateral relationship with Uganda in response to President Museveni’s decision to sign into law the Anti-Homosexuality Act earlier this year.  These steps reaffirm the importance the U.S. attaches to a foreign policy that prioritizes respect for the human rights of all people, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender – an important legacy of this Administration.

We take note in particular the announcement of new visa restrictions aimed at restricting entry to those deemed responsible for human rights abuses, including those enabled by this heinous law, and other corrupt practices.  In taking this action, the Administration has placed responsibility where it should lie – with those individuals who have enacted the new law, not the broader Ugandan people.  We urge that a speedy review of visa eligibility be the template for prospective U.S. responses whenever human rights are abridged, or corrupt practices undertaken, in any country.

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US Department of State LGBT Human Rights Fact Sheet

The United States Department of State recently released a fact sheet on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) human rights issues. The statement notes that "The U.S. Department of State has significantly expanded efforts to promote and protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons over the past year." The State Department has focused on five areas of engagement under the Presidential Memorandum on International Initiatives to Advance the Human Rights of LGBT Persons.

  • Combating Criminalization of LGBT Status or Conduct Abroad
  • Protecting Vulnerable LGBT Refugees and Asylum Seekers
  • Foreign Assistance to Protect Human Rights and Advance Nondiscrimination
  • U.S. Responses to Human Rights Abuses of LGBT Persons Abroad
  • Engaging International Organizations in the Fight Against LGBT Discrimination

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International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

idahot-cge-hpThis past week we joined with the worldwide LGBT community in celebrating IDAHOT – the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Visit our blog for more information.

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