Burmese official seeks arrest of gays; HRW protests

Than goodness for Human Rights Watch!

76 CRIMES

Press release from Human Rights Watch:

Burma: Protect, Not Target, Gay People
Condemn Official’s Anti-Gay Statements

Location of Myanmar (Burma) in Asia. (Map courtesy of WorldAtlas.com) Location of Myanmar (Burma) in Asia. (Map courtesy of WorldAtlas.com)

(New York, September 3, 2015) – Burma’s government should publicly condemn grossly discriminatory remarks by a regional official about gay men and transgender women, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to senior Burmese officials. The Burmese government is obligated under international law to protect all people in the country regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

During a regional parliamentary session in Mandalay in August 2015, the region’s minister of border and security affairs, Dr. Myint Kyu, called on police to arrest gay people: “The existence of gay men who assume they are women is unacceptable and therefore we are constantly taking action to have the gays detained at police stations, educate them, then hand them back to their parents.”…

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