Two and a half decades after gaining independence, many former Soviet states, like Kyrgyzstan, are faced with the issue of Russian influence in their policy-making, including whether or not to recognize LGBTI rights.
An Islamic court in Malaysia has sentenced two transgender_intersex_issues women and fined nine for violating a law that prohibits "a male person posing as a woman." According to Human Rights Watch, the arrests are part of a larger pattern of arbitrary arrests and harassment of transgender_intersex_issues women.
The raid is the latest incident in a pattern of arbitrary arrests and harassment of transgender_intersex_issues women in Malaysia.
On August 28, 2008, Demetra D. and his friend Vitalii V. were detained by police on suspicion of theft. Demetra D. and Vitalii V. told Human Rights Watch that police learned about their sexual orientation from the person who had reported Vitalii V. for theft. Police raped and beat Demetra D. and Vitalii V. while they were held in detention for three days.
Chechen strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov denied Wednesday that any homosexuals have been arrested in his Russian Caucasus republic, dismissing media reports about alleged abuse of gays. "Provocative articles about Chechnya (have) reported...