Scared in Toronto

Toronto’s gay village is worried about safety following a string of disappearances, reports Vice Canada.

https://news.vice.com/story/torontos-gay-village-is-worried-about-safety-following-a-string-of-disappearances

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This is Tajikistan. Bend over

Authorities in Tajikistan have drawn up a list of 367 allegedly gay citizens, saying they would be required to undergo testing to avoid “the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases”.

A police source told Agence France Press that “strict medical records” were needed for members of the gay community because “such people have a high risk of contracting sexually-transmitted infections through infectious diseases.”

Homosexuality is not banned in Tajikistan but is frowned upon.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/17/tajikistan-gay-lesbian-register-medical-checks

More arrests in Egypt

The crackdown on gay people in Egypt has intensified in recent days, according to the Washington Post.

Security forces raided cafes in downtown Cairo and courts delivered harsh prison sentences, further driving the nation’s LGBT community underground.

More than 60 people have been arrested since a concert last month by a rock group where some members of the audience waved a rainbow flag.

Security forces have also detained people at their homes in the middle of the night and used apps and online chat rooms to entrap those perceived to be gay.

Some cafes frequented by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community have been shut down.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/with-midnight-raids-and-chat-room-traps-egypt-launches-sweeping-crackdown-on-gay-community/2017/10/17/6a8397fc-b03e-11e7-9b93-b97043e57a22_story.html?utm_term=.a92032a75fa2

What’s hot in Jakarta

Indonesian police detained 58 men including several foreigners in a raid on a gay sauna, the latest sign of a backlash against homosexuals in the Muslim-majority country.

They raided a sauna and gym in the capital Jakarta after they received information from the public that it was being used for prostitution.

“We secured 51 and seven employees for allegedly providing pornographic services,” Jakarta Police spokesman Argo Yuwono said in a statement.
Six foreigners were among those detained, including four men from China, one from Thailand and one from Holland.

Yuwono said six of those detained would be charged under Indonesia’s anti-pornography law, and could face up to six years in prison. It is not clear what – if anything – the remaining 52 would be charged with.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesian-police-arrest-58-men-in-raid-on-gay-sauna-9289614

Azerbaijan starts de-gaying

Human Rights Watch notes:

Authorities in Azerbaijan are not denying that gay men in Baku have been rounded up in official raids, from mid-September, they are just disputing the reason. Ehsan Zahidov, spokesman for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, said in a September interview with EurasiaNet.org that police were responding to complaints from residents in Baku that gay men were visible on the streets.

Government officials have also justified the Baku raids in the language of public health, claiming that the gay men arrested were tested for sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV and Syphilis. “Those who have diseases are being isolated from society,” Zahidov said. The director of the AIDS Center of Azerbaijan, Natig Zulfugarov, points out that it would be against the law for the police to do so without a court order, which they did not have.

In Azerbaijan, homosexuality was decriminalised in 2000. You’d never know, would you.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/09/29/familiar-rhetoric-anti-gay-raids-azerbaijan

Nigerian gays arrested at an HIV awareness event

More than 40 men were arrested at an HIV awareness event in Lagos, Nigeria over the weekend “for performing homosexual acts”, according to local police.
The arrested people are due to appear in court.

Homosexual acts are punishable by up to 14 years in jail in Nigeria, while gay marriage and displays of same-sex affection are also banned.

Some parts of Nigeria are under Sharia law where gay people face the death penalty.

Nigeria is a Commonwealth country with a population of around 170 million people.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-40774930

More claims of gays being killed in Chechnya

It is hard to verify news coming out of Chechnya, so Gay Activist reports them as allegations, not facts. The situation seems to be deteriorating rapidly, and details take some time to emerge.

A secret mass execution of up to 56 people was carried in the volatile Russian region of Chechnya on 25 January, says the Novaya Gazeta, which published a list of names of 27 people who it alleged were wiped out in the alleged extra-judicial killings which are alleged to have taken place in the capital, Grozny.

None of the alleged executed were given a trial, which is a gross betrayal of their human rights under international law.

The mass arrests and executions were triggered by the alleged killing of a policeman on 16 December 2016.

Dozens of people executed in Chechnya ‘without ever going to trial’