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Greetings Friend,

Over the past few months, OutRight’s Asia team published briefing papers, op-ed’s, and videos that I am excited to share with you!

To support activists throughout the Asia Pacific, OutRight recently released a Scorecard for National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs). The scorecard is a tool to gauge how effectively NHRIs in the region are progressing on SOGI (sexual orientation and gender identity) issues. We evaluated 15 countries on areas such as which NHRIs conducted research on SOGI and which NHRIs provided training and reporting on LGBT issues.

In August, Grace Poore, OutRight’s Regional Program Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific,authored “Indonesia is not a Sharia Nation.” The commentary, published on the Huffington Post'sQueer Voices column, has generated more than a thousand likes and shares. Grace describes the increased threats to the LGBT community:

From January to April of 2016 government leaders, politicians, and religious leaders launched several verbal attacks against the LGBT community. The national campaign was so highly publicized that the term “LGBT” entered the Indonesian public vernacular. Most people in Indonesia who had never heard this four-letter acronym were rapidly socialized to associate LGBT groups with danger, disease, deviance, and disruption—misconceptions used to inflame anti-LGBT feelings.

In June, OutRight released “To Serve and Protect Without Exception: Addressing Police Abuse Towards Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex People in the Philippines.” Since 2013 OutRight has worked with the Philippine National Police Human Rights Office and provided training to around 500 police officers on LGBT issues. The briefing paper gives insight into the experiences of violence and discrimination faced by the LGBT community at the hands of the police, and highlights the steps taken to address these violations.

Be sure to watch the accompanying videos which capture voices from the report.

Stay tuned for more from our Asia-Pacific team in the coming months!

Warmly,

Jessica Stern,
Executive Director
OutRight Action International