April 2016


Finalists for the Martin Ennals Awards 2016 Announced

The Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders yesterday announced the three finalists who will be receiving this year’s prestigious honor. The award, created in 1993, is granted annually to individuals who have demonstrated an exceptional record of combating human rights violations by courageous means and is in need of protection.


LGBT Journalist Hacked to Death in Bangladesh

A U.S. government employee, who was also the editor of an LGBT magazine in Bangladesh, was hacked to death Monday in the capital of Dhaka, officials said. A group of assailants stormed the home of Xulhaz Mannan, a staffer for the U.S. Agency for International Development, stabbing him and a friend to death. Mannan was a senior editor of Roopbaan, the first gay rights magazine in the country.


South Africa: Health System Hails Publication addressing HIV among Trans Persons

South Africa’s health system has welcomed the much-anticipated launch of a publication that responds to the urgent need to address HIV among transgender people.

The document, entitled ‘Implementing comprehensive HIV and STI programmes with Transgender people’, represents an international collaboration between donor groups, policy makers and implementing organisations.