Wissam Tawfiq Abyad, a Prisoner of Conscience, was released on January 15, 2004. Wissam was arrested, detained and charged with "habitual debauchery" after he went to meet a contact he made at a gay website. Wissam's private conversations with the man over the Internet were used as evidence against him.
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Honduras: Sex Workers Targeted and Killed (UA 7/14)
A transgender sex worker was killed in San Pedro Sula, Honduras on 7 January. Nine similar killings have occurred in the city since December. Investigations into these attacks are imperative.
The participation of Afghan women in shaping their country’s future and engaging as equal partners will help improve and secure their political status, security, economic and social well-being, and uphold their human rights.