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COMMENTARY: David Kato's killer convicted, but Ugandan trial was a sham

Justice Joseph Mulangira of Uganda's Mukono High Court has sentenced Sidney Nsubuga Enoch, 22, the man who confessed to the murder of gay rights activist David Kato, to 30 years in prison.

David Kato was a local and international gay rights activist. His face appeared as one of the hundred outed gay men by Uganda's Rolling Stone tabloid, with the headline "100 Pictures of Uganda's top Homos." Against all odds, Kato won his case in the Uganda courts, against the publishers of the tabloid, where his face appeared next to a headline "Hang Them!"

In Malaysia, fallout from banned "sexuality" festival prompts debate and backlash

The Malaysian state of Malacca has said it will amend its state Islamic enactment to prosecute gays and lesbians by applying the same type of Shariah legal mechanism used against deviant Muslim sects.

Did political reasons block U.S. asylum for gay Saudi diplomat?

A gay Saudi diplomat has been denied US asylum in what observes believe is a political move.

Arab news website Rasheed's World quotes a Saudi dissident living in Washington DC Ali al-Ahmed:

Arizona superintendent apologizes to LGBT community

Recently we wrote about the offensive comments made by Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal about gay and lesbian people. Along with Equality Arizona, GLAAD called on Mr. Huppenthal to apologize.

Today, his office shared with us a letter offering that apology, which was addressed to the LGBT community.

UNHRC addresses grave human rights violations against LGBT Iranians

NEW YORK -- “For years, Iranian authorities have committed atrocities against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, incited violence by others, and refused to admit that LGBT Iranians exist,” said Hossein Alizadeh, Regional Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC).

Nigeria pushes on with draconian anti-gay bill

Nigerian and international human rights bodies have opposed that country's draconian proposed anti-same-sex marriage bill.

COMMENTARY with VIDEOS: Why Does Michigan’s anti-bullying bill protect religious tormenters?

On Wednesday, the Republican-controlled state senate passed an anti-bullying bill that manages to protect school bullies instead of those they victimize. It accomplishes this impressive feat by allowing students, teachers, and other school employees to claim that “a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction” justifies their harassment.

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights creates LGBTI unit to protect rights

WASHINGTON — During its 143rd regular session, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) decided to create a Unit on the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex (LGBTI) Persons, in order to strengthen its capacity to protect their rights.

In recent years the IACHR has closely followed the situation of the rights of LGBTI persons, primarily through precautionary measures, hearings, country visits, and promotional activities.

In Zimbabwe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai continues two-step on LGBT rights

Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's support for LGBT rights, in comments to the BBC this week has been a major issue with spokespeople for his MDC party keen to play it down.

But the ruling Zanu-PF party of Robert Mugabe have an obvious interest in playing it up and that's what's been happening. On October 25 half the government-run TV news bulletin was devoted to slamming Tsvangirai's backing of gay rights.

VIDEO: South African TV looks at plight of LGBT refugees

A man carries the scars after a gang tried to hack his arms off with pangas and another was almost murdered by his own mother. Their crime? Being gay and born in countries that view homosexuality as an abomination. They have come to South Africa for refuge in fear of such persecution.