Russia, Putin vara la legge anti-gay: "Sarà vietato persino parlarne"

La Duma approva il divieto di propaganda. Arrestati i manifestanti che
protestavano davanti al Parlamento. Ma un sondaggio rivela che i due terzi dei
russi sono d'accordo. E l'opposizione tace
NICOLA LOMBARDOZZI


MOSCA - Rappresentano da sempre la più fragile, la meno amata, delle tante
opposizioni al governo di Vladimir Putin. Adesso gli omosessuali di Russia
stanno per essere definitivamente emarginati per colpa dell'ennesima legge dal
gusto sovietico. Con una maggioranza pressoché assoluta il Parlamento russo ha
approvato ieri l'estensione a tutto il territorio nazionale di una legge già in
vigore a livello regionale a San Pietroburgo, Kaliningrad ed altre grandi città
russe: il divieto di propaganda omosessuale.

Da ora in poi sarà dunque reato parlare in pubblico dei diritti, degli amori e
delle speranze dei cittadini gay. La definizione, strategicamente un po' vaga,
di "propaganda" darà al giudice la possibilità di punire con pesanti multe
(fino a 15mila euro) artisti, attori ma anche comuni cittadini colti ad
esprimere un'opinione in pubblico sulla situazione degli omosessuali. Ma
soprattutto mettere al bando o vietare preventivamente eventi, manifestazioni,
concerti, che possano essere ritenuti a rischio di "propaganda gay".

Non siamo al famigerato articolo 121, imposto da Stalin nel '34 e abolito
solamente nel '93, che prevedeva cinque anni di carcere per il reato di
omosessualità ma l'evocazione del passato è evidente e pesante. E tanti anni di
omofobia di Stato hanno comunque lasciato un segno. Pochissimi contestatori
ieri davanti alla Duma. Solo un gruppetto di giovanissimi iscritti al
semiclandestino movimento Russian Lgbt Network, l'unica cellula di attivisti
Lgbt (Lesbiche, gay, bisessuali e transessuali) in tutto il paese, che da anni
lotta inutilmente per rivendicare spazi e diritti.

Nell'indifferenza dei moscoviti e dei tanti movimenti di contestazione hanno
sfidato le truppe speciali che facevano da guardia al Parlamento, provando a
baciarsi in pubblico e a gridare qualche slogan. E' bastato un solo furgone per
portare in cella i trenta ragazzi catturati dopo qualche ben assestato colpo di
manganello. Mentre salivano sul cellulare hanno preso qualche calcio e qualche
sputo anche dai soliti estremisti della Chiesa ortodossa, sempre in piazza in
occasioni come queste. Gli stessi che esultavano davanti al tribunale per la
condanna delle Pussy Riot.

In aula intanto si poteva ascoltare una raffica di pareri e di pregiudizi che
sono purtroppo largamente diffusi nell'opinione pubblica. "Siamo in Russia, non
a Sodoma e Gomorra", diceva uno particolarmente esaltato. "Non è una legge
contro gli omosessuali - spiegava in vena di giustificazioni - quanto una via
per proteggere la nostra gioventù i cui valori sono minacciati da certi
discorsi, certe immagini scandalose". E i giornali più allineati riportavano
con evidenza i risultati dell'istituto di sondaggi più serio del Paese, la
Levada Center: quasi il 65 percento dei russi è d'accordo con la decisione del
Parlamento. E c'è di peggio: due terzi della popolazione ritiene che
l'omosessualità sia una malattia e condivide la recente decisione dell'esercito
russo di radiare ogni "sospetto omosessuale" dal servizio militare.

La mancanza di solidarietà nei confronti dei giovani malmenati e arrestati del
resto parla da sola. Il blogger anti corruzione Aleksej Navalnyj, ritenuto uno
dei più coraggiosi oppositori del Cremlino e che attacca ogni giorno qualunque
decisione del Parlamento, preferiva rimanere in silenzio. Solo la scrittrice
Ljudmilla Ulitskaja, accettava di mettere tra virgolette una dichiarazione
contro "una legge medievale che gioca sull'ignoranza di una popolazione ancora
dominata da pregiudizi e da retoriche machiste".

Anche Vladimir Putin tace. Sull'omosessualità ha sempre evitato di esprimere
pareri ma ha sempre precisato: "La Russia ha un problema demografico, io ho il
dovere di occuparmi dei diritti delle coppie che generano prole".

Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini
Fonte:http://www.repubblica.it/esteri/2013/01/26/news/putin_vara_la_legge_anti-
gay_vietato_persino_parlarne-51313130/?ref=HRER2-1

Cameroon: gay man stoned to death

There are reports that a Nigerian man was stoned to death in northern Cameroon
on Sunday after he was found allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old boy.

According to camnews24.com, Lamine Goche, a wholesale medicine supplier, was
murdered by a crowd in the Central Market of Maroua, after he was caught in the
act in his shop.

A street child alerted fellow traders to the activity in the shop by crying
out "Samaroka! Samaroka!" (homosexual in the Fulfulde language).

Said to be in his thirties, Goche was an Islamic teacher, a fact which is
likely to have added to the crowd's fury.

One merchant was quoted as saying: "We suspected for years. But Allah did not
give us an opportunity to act. … Today Allah answered our prayers and we
surprised him."

Another commented: "We had never seen him in action, especially because he was
hiding beneath religious attire and pious behaviour."

Goche's body is reported to have been left out by the attackers and was later
buried by Christians. The 17-year-old was taken to the district chief. His fate
is unknown.

Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is illegal in Cameroon, with
penalties including imprisonment of up to five years.

In November, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human
Rights said it was "deeply concerned" about the plight of LGBT people in
Cameroon.

The office's Rupert Colville said he was worried about ongoing reports of the
harassment, intimidation, arrest and imprisonment of individuals on suspicion
of being lesbian or gay.

Fonte: http://www.mambaonline.com/article.asp?artid=7765
Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

Climate Of Fear Among LGBTI Cameroonians

A GAY activist in Cameroon has said that they have received reports of LGBTI
members being targeted by blackmailers through dating sites.

In an article, Yves Yomb, executive director of Alternatives-Cameroun said
that 'a climate of fear has spread in the LGBTI community of Cameroon because a
group of criminals has infiltrated dating websites frequented by homosexuals'
in recent weeks.

Earlier this week, unconfirmed reports say that a gay man was lynched to death
in a market place after he was caught having sex with a 17 year old boy.

Yomb highlighted cases of several gay and lesbian members who fell victim to
blackmailers who were using dating sites to target victims. The latest victim,
from Douala was attacked by three people who threatened to expose his sexuality
unless he gave them money.

Yomb says that the victim traced the attack after he met one of the member of
the gang in 2011 and after spending a night together, he was asked to part with
money.

'A year later, the gang returned to the victim's home with three accomplices
and demanded money under threat of revealing he was gay. After a violent fight
between the victim and his attackers, the gang escaped with some of his
possessions,' writes Yomb.

The lead member of the gang was arrested and forced to return the stolen good
after intervention from Alternatives-Cameoroun.

Earlier this year, a Cameroon court acquitted two men who had been handed 5
year sentences for 'looking gay.' According to reports, the two were alleged to
have been caught having oral sex in a car in the capital.

The judge who sentenced the two said that they were gay 'given they were
drinking Bailey's liqueur' a remark that was regarded as irrelevant.

Lesbians are also targeted, writes Yomb. A recent case of a lesbian who was
blackmailed by a lady she met online proves this.

The victim had agreed to meet in a hotel with the lady she met online but
after a while, another man joined them saying he was a police officer and
threatened to take the victim to a police station and charge her with
lesbianism.

'We have received many other complaints from members of the LGBTI community
about blackmail and ambushes,' notes Yomb. 'All these abuses were planned with
the complicity of some members of the LGBTI community and most of the abusers
are also from this community.'

He added: 'It is sad to see that a community so strongly discriminated against
by society has begun to fight itself. It is also sad to see that the LGBTI
community in Cameroon is, as the French writer Aimé Césaire said, a crowd which
doesn't know how to be a crowd.'

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Fonte: http://identitykenya.com/index.php/homepage/featured/1120-climate-of-
fear-among-lgbti-cameroonians

Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

Une ONG tunisienne accuse des militants pro-islamistes de l'avoir attaquée

L'Association tunisienne de soutien des minorités, qui lutte contre
l'antisémitisme et l'homophobie, a accusé mercredi une organisation
controversée de militants proches des islamistes au pouvoir d'avoir vandalisé
et cambriolé ses locaux.
"Notre local a été vandalisé et cambriolé, nous venons de porter plainte. Nous
savons très bien qui a fait ça, c'est la Ligue de protection de la révolution
qui nous a menacés à plusieurs reprises", a déclaré à l'AFP Yamina Thabet, la
présidente de l'assocation.
Elle a précisé que les sections de la Ligue dans les quartiers du Kram et de
la Goulette (banlieue de Tunis) avaient mis en garde l'association, via le
réseau social Facebook et oralement, contre des représailles à cause de
l'organisation le 29 décembre d'une commémoration de la déportation des juifs
tunisiens durant la Seconde guerre mondiale.
"Ils nous ont traités de sionistes, et d'autres choses que je n'ose pas
répéter. Ils nous ont dit 'on v'a s'occuper de vous'", a ajouté Mme Thabet.
Selon elle, le ministre de l'Intérieur Ali Larayedh a promis de "se charger
lui-même de l'affaire".
La Ligue de protection de la révolution, sorte de milice favorable aux
islamistes d'Ennahda qui dirigent le gouvernement, est au coeur de plusieurs
scandales.
Elle est accusée d'avoir attaqué en décembre les locaux du principal syndicat
du pays, l'UGTT, et d'être responsable du meurtre en octobre d'un militant de
l'opposition dans le sud du pays. De nombreux partis et ONG ont demandé la
dissolution de cette organisation.
L'Association tunisienne de soutien des minorités est très active dans les
domaines de la lutte contre l'antisémitisme et la reconnaissance des droits des
homosexuels, alors que l'homosexualité est passible de trois ans de prison en
Tunisie.
En décembre, cette ONG a porté plainte pour incitation à la haine contre un
imam de la banlieue de Tunis, dont un prêche appelant à un génocide divin des
juifs avait été diffusé à la télévision en direct le 30 novembre.


Fonte: http://www.jeuneafrique.com/actu/20130109T181645Z20130109T181644Z/une-
ong-tunisienne-accuse-des-militants-pro-islamistes-de-l-avoir-attaquee.html

Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini

Second Uganda gay youth worker arrested for ‘recruiting’ teens into homosexuality

Ugandan police arrest a second LGBT advocate and youth worker for law on
homosexuality that doesn't exist

BY DAN LITTAUER

Kabuye Najibu, of the LGBT group Youth on Rock Foundation, was arrested in
Uganda today while visiting his co-worker who had been arrested on New Year's
Eve.

Najibu has been arrested on charges which relate to homosexuality, and could
possibly include the unfounded allegation of 'recruitment into homosexuality',
which does not exist under Ugandan law.

Frank Mugishu, of the Sexual Minorities of Uganda (SMUG) charity, told GSN
that Najibu was arrested when he entered Kawempe police station in order to
bring food to his detained friend and colleague Joseph Kaweesi.

According to Melanie Nathan, South African attorney and LGBT rights advocate
based in the USA, both Najibu and Kaweesi have been arrested for 'crimes
relating to homosexuality' and 'recruitment into homosexuality'.

In November 2012, Rebecca Kadaga, the speaker of the parliament of Uganda,
promised to enact a revised anti-homosexuality bill (AHB), providing for
harsher penalties against suspected LGBT people and anyone who fails to report
them to authorities, including long-term imprisonment and the death penalty for
what the law terms 'repeat offenders'. The notion of 'recruiting' is implicit
in the AHB bill.

Neither bail nor a trial date has been set.

A third man, according to Nathan, whose identity has not disclosed for his own
safety, was with Najibu at the time and witnessed the arrest, but managed to
escape.

The witness stated that the police officers had Kaweesi and Najibu's Facebook
pages open on their computers when he was present and told it may be used as
'evidence' to convict the two.

Nathan expressed concern that the police may be targeting Ugandan human rights
defenders through Facebook posts.

Mugishu told GSN that the police have been extracting information out of
Kaweesi through interrogation and this may lead to further arrests.

He said: 'We are liaising with the police at all levels, working hard to get
them both released, I hope by tomorrow.

'My fear is, however, that by interrogating the two, the police are collecting
as much information as they can – they already are very likely to have by now a
list of names, telephone numbers and addresses.

'The police are operating in the same neighbourhood of the two - they know
them by name, by face and their parents.

'They have most likely been following the meetings of the youth group for
sometime now – so this operation is coordinated and planned'.

Earlier this week, the office of SMUG was broken into and vandalized, with
much its equipment having being stolen.

Activists stated that the information stored on some of the computers,
containing addresses and telephone numbers of LGBT Ugandans may now put them at
risk.

Speaking with GSN Nathan said: 'It is no coincidence, in my opinion, that
these men have been arrested shortly after the offices of SMUG had been broken
into, where computers hosting sensitive information were stolen.

'It seems to me that the frustration engendered by Speaker Kadaga's failure to
deliver the AHB by Christmas has unleashed a wave of heightened and illegal
persecution against gays'.

Nathan also stated that she has been contacted by members of the Ugandan LGBT
community who say that they have gone into hiding.


Fonte: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/second-uganda-gay-youth-worker-
arrested-'recruiting'-teens-homosexuality020113

Pubblicato da Lorenzo Bernini