In January 2006 three LGBT groups were denied the right to a fair hearing on their application for consultative status to the UN's Economic and Social Council. The US aligned itself with severely oppressive regimes including Iran, China, Sudan and Zimbabwe prompting an Amnesty International campaign pressuring Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to change the US position and grant LGBT rights groups a voice at the United Nations. The US reversed its stance and on December 11, 2006 the applications were approved allowing the groups to be able to directly raise human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity at the United Nations. Read the ECOSOC press release »
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Tunisia: Quash Marwan’s Conviction (UA 216/15)
A Tunisian student who has been sentenced to one year in prison for engaging in homosexual relations was released on bail on 5 November. However, his appeal trial is ongoing and he is still at risk of being imprisoned.
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