Trump Considers Pulling USA Out Of Human Rights Council; Indonesian President Blames Democracy For Rise of Militant Islamism; Global LGBT Recap
| By Peter Montgomery
Politico reported this week that the Trump administration is considering pulling the USA out of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The Human Rights Council last year created the UN’s first independent expert position dedicated to investigating anti-LGBT discrimination and violence.
ILGA noted this week that three trans women were reported murdered in El Salvador in less than three days, and that violence against transgender women was reported from Argentina to Pakistan. A transgender Russian and another activists were released by security forces in the separatist-controlled area of eastern Ukraine into whose custody they had disappeared two weeks earlier.
OutRight Action International said that the Trump administration’s decision to reverse federal protections for transgender students is having an international impact. Said Executive Director Jessica Stern, “What happens in the United States makes news around the world, and so this decision will have negative impact beyond US borders, fueling hostility and persecution of trans and gender non-conforming people everywhere.”
Reuters reported that trans people in Ecuador were able to vote “for the first time according to their chosen gender,” a step activists called “signs of progress in the socially conservative and Catholic Andean nation.” Men and women wait in separate lines to vote, “which for years created uncomfortable moments for transgender voters who had to queue up according to their biological sex.” According to Reuters, the law passed last year that allows people to choose the gender on their official identity card was passed after “years of lobbying by the LGBT community and despite opposition by Catholic and increasingly powerful evangelical groups.”
Indonesia: President says fault for rise of intolerant Islam lies with democracy going ‘too far’
The Guardian’s Kate Lamb examines why anti-LGBT hatred is spiking in Indonesia while other Asican countries make progress on LGBT rights:
In the past, vitriol against LGBT occasionally flared up and died down soon enough, a one-off flash in the pan – an Islamic group up in arms about a transgender paegant, or queer film festival, a gay couple arrested and abused by police. And then all of a sudden in 2016, an unprecedented tide of vitriol and violence was unleashed against sexual and gender minorities across the country. Following a series of discriminatory comments from government ministers and officials, reinforced by medical professionals and Islamic clerics, moral panic and paranoia around LGBT set in…