web analytics
a

Facebook

Twitter

Copyright 2015 Libero Themes.
All Rights Reserved.

8:30 - 6:00

Our Office Hours Mon. - Fri.

703-406-7616

Call For Free 15/M Consultation

Facebook

Twitter

Search
Menu
Westlake Legal Group > fnc/world (Page 109)

AP Explains: The rocky rise of LGBT rights in Latin America

Despite a dark past, today many LGBT citizens in Latin America are enjoying the right to marry, choose their gender identity and adopt children. But while laws in several of the region’s biggest countries are changing that doesn’t necessarily translate into a broader societal shift toward acceptance.

Brazil’s Supreme Federal Court ruled Thursday that sexual orientation and gender identity should be included in the nation’s anti-discrimination law, providing a new layer of protection for LGBT people.

The decision comes at a sensitive moment in Brazil’s history: Leading the country is a president, Jair Bolsonaro, who has openly expressed his disdain for same-sex couples, going so far as to say he’d prefer to have a dead son than a gay one. Studies of homicide reports indicate Brazil is the most dangerous place in the world to be transgender.

Experts say Latin America needs to address long-standing cultural biases, racial and income inequality in order to make the region safer for LGBT people. Here’s a look at how far Latin America has advanced in protecting gay and transgender rights and what gaps in equality remain.

___

THE RIGHT TO BE GAY

Decades ago, several Latin American governments were ruled by iron-fisted governments that considered homosexuality a scourge to the silenced.

In Argentina, a far-right military dictatorship disappeared tens of thousands of suspected leftist dissidents. Advocates have long contended that gay activists suffered disproportionately, though their cases have received far less attention.

In the late 1970s during Brazil’s military regime, a nascent LGBT community was similarly muted by a government with strict censorship laws that pushed gay publications and demonstrators to quit or go underground.

Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas penned an anguishing account of the harassment and confinement he endured as a gay man in post-revolutionary Cuba, where homosexuality was seen as a remnant of the detested bourgeoisie.

Today most Latin American nations no longer consider homosexuality a crime, but in the Caribbean that is not the case. In former British colonies like Jamaica, a law declaring the “abominable crime of buggery” punishable with up to 10 years in jail remains on the books.

Activists have presented several legal challenges and are optimistic such laws will soon be obsolete.

“In all those countries organizing is happening,” said Mauro Cabral Grinspan, executive director of the Global Action for Trans Equality advocacy group. “And I really believe that we are going to see change in the next five years.”

___

SAME-SEX UNIONS

Today a half-dozen nations in Latin America formally recognize same-sex marriage, with Ecuador joining the list on Wednesday.

Argentina was the first country in Latin America to approve gay unions and today has some of the most progressive LGBT policies in the world.

A handful of other cities and nations grant similar benefits but do not accept gay marriage.

There are various influences driving what scholars like Bard College professor Omar Encarnacion refer to as “Latin America’s gay rights revolution.”

He points to both a new surge in activism that followed the end of Latin America’s military dictatorships and the fading sway of Catholicism.

While four of every 10 Catholics worldwide reside in the region, they are no longer a majority in several countries, according to the Pew Research Center. The number identifying as non-Catholic Christians in turn has soared.

Some worshippers are fleeing the pews entirely while others are migrating to evangelical churches offering more contemporary services.

A widening gulf from the Catholic Church has made it easier for some political and community leaders to back policies like gay marriage.

“Unquestionably, Latin America is the champion of LGBT rights in the Global South,” Encarnacion said, referring to low and middle income nations.

___

GAY RIGHTS REVOLUTION

In a few places, the wave of activism is going beyond marriage to grant rights like allowing more expansive definitions of gender identity and permitting same-sex couples to expand their families by subsidizing in vitro fertilization.

Argentina is particular is considered a global pioneer in expanding LGBT rights and has one of the region’s most open gender identity laws. Individuals who do not identify with the gender they were assigned at birth can change it without authorization from a doctor or a judge.

More and more Latin American nations are also allowing LGBT people to serve in the military.

Before Brazil’s recent Supreme Court ruling, several countries already had anti-discrimination laws on the books that included protections for gender and sexual orientation.

Javier Corrales, a political science professor at Amherst College, said despite the ruling’s shortcomings it has important implications.

“It conveys to all actors the importance of respecting sexual and gender diversity,” he said. “Brazil is not the first. But it is not late.”

___

INTOLERANCE PERSISTS

Even as laws change, scholars and advocates are quick to note that discrimination and violence remain rampant across the region.

South American nations like Brazil, countries in Central America and the Caribbean in particular are signaled out as poor environments for LGBT people.

According to the rights group the Grupo Gay da Bahia, 420 LGBT people were killed across Brazil in 2018, while at least 141 have been killed so far this year.

“Crime is complex,” Corrales said. “And it requires more than good laws.”

Evangelical groups that helped buoy Bolsonaro to the presidency remain an influential bloc likely to continue resisting any legislative initiatives.

Overall, it remains to be seen how strictly Brazil will enforce its anti-discrimination law.

Cabral Grinspan said many in the LGBT community are skeptical of criminalizing homophobia because it gives power to distrusted institutions like the judiciary. Rather than boosting a sense of security, the activist fears the new measure will be utilized as another way for police to put poor Brazilians behind bars, without addressing the root causes of violence and harassment against gay and transsexual individuals.

“It’s giving more power to corrupted police institutions,” Cabral Grinspan said, “and doesn’t contribute at all to social change.”

Westlake Legal Group ContentBroker_contentid-8d1320fd845045aface59864aa453298-1 AP Explains: The rocky rise of LGBT rights in Latin America fox-news/world/world-regions/americas fox-news/world/religion fox-news/world fnc/world fnc CHRISTINE ARMARIO Associated Press article 87a9017d-d039-58d2-bc52-767a465c0b68   Westlake Legal Group ContentBroker_contentid-8d1320fd845045aface59864aa453298-1 AP Explains: The rocky rise of LGBT rights in Latin America fox-news/world/world-regions/americas fox-news/world/religion fox-news/world fnc/world fnc CHRISTINE ARMARIO Associated Press article 87a9017d-d039-58d2-bc52-767a465c0b68

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

The Latest: Saudi Arabia says it intercepted Houthi drones

Westlake Legal Group ContentBroker_contentid-ab2e218a8ced4720896fbf943a5aeec6 The Latest: Saudi Arabia says it intercepted Houthi drones fox-news/world/world-regions/middle-east fox-news/world/world-regions/americas fox-news/world fox-news/us fnc/world fnc Dubai (United Arab Emirates) Associated Press article 8220b10b-fb60-5b70-964e-caaaa3a39209

The Latest on Mideast developments amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region (all times local):

7 a.m.

Saudi Arabia says its military intercepted five drones launched by Yemen’s Houthi rebels targeting the kingdom.

Military spokesman Col. Turki al-Maliki said early Friday that the drones targeted Abha regional airport and Khamis Mushait.

Al-Maliki in a statement carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency said that the drone attack showed the Houthis were targeting civilian infrastructure in the kingdom.

U.N. experts, the West and Gulf Arab nations say Iran arms the Houthis with weapons. Tehran denies that.

The kingdom says a similar attack Wednesday on the Abha airport wounded 26 people.

It is just the latest in a wave of rebel drone and missile attacks targeting the kingdom, which has been mired in a yearslong war in Yemen that has killed an estimated 60,000 people and pushed the Arab world’s poorest nation to the brink of famine.

The development comes as tensions are rising in the Persian Gulf region.

___

6 a.m.

The U.S. military’s Central Command has released a video is says shows Iranian forces removing an unexploded limpet mine from one of the two ships suspected to have been attacked near the Strait of Hormuz.

It released the black-and-white footage early Friday morning.

Capt. Bill Urban, a Central Command spokesman, said a Revolutionary Guard patrol ship removed the limpet mine from the Kokuka Courageous.

Iran has denied involvement in Thursday’s suspected attacks amid heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S.

Urban said in a statement the attacks “are a clear threat to international freedom of navigation and freedom of commerce.”

He added: “The United States has no interest in engaging in a new conflict in the Middle East. However, we will defend our interests.”

Westlake Legal Group ContentBroker_contentid-ab2e218a8ced4720896fbf943a5aeec6 The Latest: Saudi Arabia says it intercepted Houthi drones fox-news/world/world-regions/middle-east fox-news/world/world-regions/americas fox-news/world fox-news/us fnc/world fnc Dubai (United Arab Emirates) Associated Press article 8220b10b-fb60-5b70-964e-caaaa3a39209   Westlake Legal Group ContentBroker_contentid-ab2e218a8ced4720896fbf943a5aeec6 The Latest: Saudi Arabia says it intercepted Houthi drones fox-news/world/world-regions/middle-east fox-news/world/world-regions/americas fox-news/world fox-news/us fnc/world fnc Dubai (United Arab Emirates) Associated Press article 8220b10b-fb60-5b70-964e-caaaa3a39209

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Hong Kong quiet now, but prospect of new protest looms large

Calm appeared to have returned to Hong Kong after days of protests by students and human rights activists opposed to a bill that would allow suspects to be tried in mainland Chinese courts.

The prospect of further protests over the weekend loomed large, however, with demonstrators saying they were determined to prevent the administration of Beijing-appointed Chief Executive Carrie Lam from pushing through the legal amendments they see as eroding Hong Kong’s cherished legal autonomy.

Traffic flowed on major thoroughfares that had been closed after a protest by hundreds of thousands of people on Sunday, posing the biggest political challenge yet to Lam’s two-year-old government. Protesters had kept up a presence through Thursday night, singing hymns and holding up signs criticizing the police for their handling of the protests.

Westlake Legal Group ContentBroker_contentid-eaca5903682d493bb28584ebfc80a60b Hong Kong quiet now, but prospect of new protest looms large Hong Kong fox-news/world/world-regions/asia fox-news/world fnc/world fnc Associated Press article 3b59b91c-0bd6-5494-8676-cafcc24b09be   Westlake Legal Group ContentBroker_contentid-eaca5903682d493bb28584ebfc80a60b Hong Kong quiet now, but prospect of new protest looms large Hong Kong fox-news/world/world-regions/asia fox-news/world fnc/world fnc Associated Press article 3b59b91c-0bd6-5494-8676-cafcc24b09be

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Iranian vessel removed unexploded mine from stricken oil tanker in Gulf of Oman, US officials say

Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6048035665001_6048034340001-vs Iranian vessel removed unexploded mine from stricken oil tanker in Gulf of Oman, US officials say Lucas Tomlinson fox-news/world/world-regions/middle-east fox-news/world/conflicts/iran fox-news/politics/foreign-policy/state-department fox news fnc/world fnc c5f033c3-dc37-5105-b8e7-205358f4511d article

An Iranian vessel removed an unexploded mine that had been attached to a Japanese-owned oil tanker which suffered serious damage after an explosion in the Gulf of Oman early Thursday, U.S. officials told Fox News.

The U.S. military possessed video of the incident and has planned to release it, the official added. The imagery came from the USS Bainbridge, a guided-missile destroyer which rescued 21 sailors from the stricken tanker.

At least one other mine attached to tanker’s hull detonated, causing the blast. It happened near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a key route for oil shipments in the region.

A U.S. official told Fox News an Iranian gunboat approached the Kokuka Courageous later in the day and removed the unexploded triangular-shaped limpet mine, the same type of mine used to damage four other tankers in the Gulf of Oman last month.

The official, who requested anonymity to discuss sensitive information, said the suspected Iranian vessel did not bear any flags, nor did the crew members wear any uniforms. But, the class of vessel, what the U.S. military has called a fast inshore attack craft (FIAC), was the same type of ship used by Iran to harass American warships in the Persian Gulf in recent years.

Other Iranian small boats have remained near the stricken oil tanker since the attack early Thursday, the official added.

IRAN RESPONSIBLE FOR ‘BLATANT ASSAULT’ ON OIL TANKERS, POMPEO SAYS

The official said the order to abandon ship was given after the tanker’s captain spotted the unexploded mine, not because of the fire aboard the ship.

Another tanker, a Norwegian-owned vessel called the Front Altair, also was attacked in the Gulf of Oman Thursday. Its crew was being held in Iran, according to U.S. officials.

“This is what we’re out here for,” Cmdr. M. Kathryn Devin, the USS Bainbridge’s commanding officer, said of the rescues. “Our mission is to ensure maritime safety and to answer the call for aid when we can.”

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

At the State Department on Thursday afternoon, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for the attacks on both oil tankers.

Iran’s U.N. Mission said its government “categorically rejects” the U.S. claim that it was responsible for the attacks and condemned it “in the strongest possible terms.”

Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6048035665001_6048034340001-vs Iranian vessel removed unexploded mine from stricken oil tanker in Gulf of Oman, US officials say Lucas Tomlinson fox-news/world/world-regions/middle-east fox-news/world/conflicts/iran fox-news/politics/foreign-policy/state-department fox news fnc/world fnc c5f033c3-dc37-5105-b8e7-205358f4511d article   Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6048035665001_6048034340001-vs Iranian vessel removed unexploded mine from stricken oil tanker in Gulf of Oman, US officials say Lucas Tomlinson fox-news/world/world-regions/middle-east fox-news/world/conflicts/iran fox-news/politics/foreign-policy/state-department fox news fnc/world fnc c5f033c3-dc37-5105-b8e7-205358f4511d article

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Neymar undergoes questioning by police, denies rape claim

Westlake Legal Group ContentBroker_contentid-2335cec0814740398d4d32c98a760912 Neymar undergoes questioning by police, denies rape claim MAURICIO SAVARESE fox-news/world/world-regions/europe fox-news/world/world-regions/americas fox-news/world fnc/world fnc d5669e77-94fc-50e9-8fd6-6c627f91641b Associated Press article

Brazilian soccer star Neymar spent about five hours at a police station Thursday to undergo questioning about rape allegations against him.

Prosecutor Flavia Merlini told journalists that the player “denies the accusations and responded (to questions) in a satisfactory way.”

The woman who has accused him of raping her at a Paris hotel last month already spoke with police in Sao Paulo, which is where she filed her complaint.

Neymar was accompanied by his lawyers to the meeting Thursday.

“He answered all the questions,” Merlini said. “From now on the investigator will take other necessary measures until the conclusion of the probe. Since the probe is secret, we cannot tell about those measures.”

Just before departing in the evening, Neymar said, “The truth appears, sooner or later.” He also thanked fans for their support.

Wearing a black suit, the player was using crutches because of an injured right ankle when he arrived at the station at midafternoon. Investigator Juliana Bussacos met him at the entrance amid a media frenzy while a crowd of nearly 200 fans cheered the 27-year-old Neymar, who is Brazil’s most recognizable player.

The player is being investigated separately in Rio de Janeiro for publishing images of his accuser on social media without her authorization.

The Associated Press doesn’t name alleged sexual assault victims unless they make their identities public, which 26-year-old model Najila Trindade did in interviews with Brazilian television.

Also Thursday, Trindade reported that she had picked her fourth lawyer to handle the case. The previous three decided to leave the case.

Neymar’s jet flew into Sao Paulo’s Congonhas airport and he was driven to the police station in a black van. The player came from his mansion in the city of Mangaratiba, outside Rio de Janeiro.

Westlake Legal Group ContentBroker_contentid-2335cec0814740398d4d32c98a760912 Neymar undergoes questioning by police, denies rape claim MAURICIO SAVARESE fox-news/world/world-regions/europe fox-news/world/world-regions/americas fox-news/world fnc/world fnc d5669e77-94fc-50e9-8fd6-6c627f91641b Associated Press article   Westlake Legal Group ContentBroker_contentid-2335cec0814740398d4d32c98a760912 Neymar undergoes questioning by police, denies rape claim MAURICIO SAVARESE fox-news/world/world-regions/europe fox-news/world/world-regions/americas fox-news/world fnc/world fnc d5669e77-94fc-50e9-8fd6-6c627f91641b Associated Press article

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Putin fires police officers involved in journalist’s case

Westlake Legal Group ContentBroker_contentid-62b189d494044ad6b92edf9a52c097cd Putin fires police officers involved in journalist's case moscow fox-news/world/world-regions/europe fox-news/world fnc/world fnc Associated Press article 7dacc9f7-9626-5793-a5f3-7a7cda6dbfae

Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed two senior police officers involved in the arrest of an investigative journalist on drug charges that later were dropped when the government admitted there was no evidence he committed a crime.

Ivan Golunov, 36, was reportedly beaten and denied a lawyer for more than 12 hours a week ago following drug-dealing charges he rejected as sham.

The arrest provoked public outrage, and the interior ministry dropped all charges against Golunov Tuesday and asked Putin to dismiss two police generals.

On Thursday, the Kremlin announced the firing of Moscow police’s anti-drugs chief, Yuri Devyatkin, and head of the police department for western Moscow, Andrei Puchkov.

Their dismissal comes a day after hundreds of people were arrested at an unsanctioned rally in Golunov’s support in Moscow.

Westlake Legal Group ContentBroker_contentid-62b189d494044ad6b92edf9a52c097cd Putin fires police officers involved in journalist's case moscow fox-news/world/world-regions/europe fox-news/world fnc/world fnc Associated Press article 7dacc9f7-9626-5793-a5f3-7a7cda6dbfae   Westlake Legal Group ContentBroker_contentid-62b189d494044ad6b92edf9a52c097cd Putin fires police officers involved in journalist's case moscow fox-news/world/world-regions/europe fox-news/world fnc/world fnc Associated Press article 7dacc9f7-9626-5793-a5f3-7a7cda6dbfae

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Indian authorities say no survivors of air force plane crash

Westlake Legal Group og-fox-news Indian authorities say no survivors of air force plane crash NEW DELHI fox-news/world/world-regions/asia fox-news/world fnc/world fnc Associated Press article 9cac43b6-a807-55cd-a867-87676919b32c

Indian authorities say there are no survivors from an AN-32 transport plane that crashed in a mountainous area near the border with China earlier this month.

The Indian Air Force tweeted Thursday that rescuers reached the crash site at an elevation of 3,658 meters (12,000 feet) in Arunachal Pradesh, India’s northeastern-most state, and that none of the 13 people on board survived.

They included five air force officers and eight people of other ranks. Officials have not commented on what caused the June 3 crash.

Because of dense woods, it took the air force and navy nine days to locate the plane after it went missing while traveling to a high-altitude airstrip.

After a helicopter spotted it on June 11, a 15-person rescue team was dispatched to the site.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

German court: Breeders can keep killing male chicks for now

Westlake Legal Group og-fox-news German court: Breeders can keep killing male chicks for now fox-news/world/world-regions/europe fox-news/world fnc/world fnc ecd3df29-6950-59dc-8f0b-60352a93bb36 Berlin Associated Press article

A German federal court has ruled that hen breeders can continue to kill male chicks after they hatch, a practice that results in the death of some 45 million birds annually.

The Federal Administrative Court was ruling in a case involving a hatchery specialized in egg-laying hens that killed male chicks because they won’t lay eggs and the breed is unsuited to raising for meat. The hatchery was banned from doing so in 2013, but another court then reversed the ban.

The federal court said Thursday a company’s economic interests don’t constitute a “sensible reason” under animal protection laws for killing the birds. But it said techniques to determine chicks’ gender in the egg should soon be available and hatcheries shouldn’t be asked to change their practice twice.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

UK Conservatives set to narrow field in leadership campaign

Britain’s Conservative Party is holding the first round of knockout voting in the race to replace Prime Minister Theresa May.

The 313 Conservative lawmakers will vote Thursday by secret ballot. There are currently 10 contenders to be the next party leader, who will also become prime minister.

The candidate with the fewest votes — and any who don’t get at least 17 — will drop out. Further rounds of votes will be held next week until just two candidates remain. The winner will then be decided by a vote of all 160,000 Conservative Party members across the country.

Boris Johnson, a former foreign secretary, is the front-runner, with declared support from about 80 colleagues. Environment Secretary Michael Gove and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt are among those aiming to catch him.

Westlake Legal Group 7c2fef15-ContentBroker_contentid-6d694ca1e2184f3a87abbf8431fe7d65 UK Conservatives set to narrow field in leadership campaign London fox-news/world/world-regions/united-kingdom fox-news/world/world-regions/europe fox-news/world fnc/world fnc Associated Press article ab1c2936-419a-56bc-b020-0ce858b50341   Westlake Legal Group 7c2fef15-ContentBroker_contentid-6d694ca1e2184f3a87abbf8431fe7d65 UK Conservatives set to narrow field in leadership campaign London fox-news/world/world-regions/united-kingdom fox-news/world/world-regions/europe fox-news/world fnc/world fnc Associated Press article ab1c2936-419a-56bc-b020-0ce858b50341

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

German court: Breeders can keep killing male chicks for now

Westlake Legal Group og-fox-news German court: Breeders can keep killing male chicks for now fox-news/world/world-regions/europe fox-news/world fnc/world fnc ecd3df29-6950-59dc-8f0b-60352a93bb36 Berlin Associated Press article

A German federal court has ruled that hen breeders can continue to kill male chicks after they hatch, a practice that results in the death of some 45 million birds annually.

The Federal Administrative Court was ruling in a case involving a hatchery specialized in egg-laying hens that killed male chicks because they won’t lay eggs and the breed is unsuited to raising for meat. The hatchery was banned from doing so in 2013, but another court then reversed the ban.

The federal court said Thursday a company’s economic interests don’t constitute a “sensible reason” under animal protection laws for killing the birds. But it said techniques to determine chicks’ gender in the egg should soon be available and hatcheries shouldn’t be asked to change their practice twice.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com