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Hong Kong’s legislature postpones debate on extradition bill for third time following “violent” clashes between police and protesters

Hong Kong’s lawmakers have postponed a reading of the controversial extradition bill for the third time on Thu (13 Jun) in the wake of clashes between the police and the tens of thousands of protesters in Admiralty a day before. South China Morning Post reported that a circular has been issued by the secretariat on behalf of president Andrew Leung …

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Ecuador legalises same-sex marriages in landmark ruling

After over a week of postponing its decision on the legality of same-sex marriages, Ecuador’s apex court has issued a ruling in favour of same-sex marriages on Wed (12 Jun), following two lawsuits by two same-sex couples intending to wed. Five out of the nine judges presiding over the closed hearing in the Latin American nation’s constitutional court voted to …

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Kirsten Han calls out Law Minister for taking a cheap shot on LGBT issue

Editor-in-chief of Southeast Asian affairs platform New Naratif Kirsten Han took to her Facebook on Tuesday (11 June) to call out Singapore’s Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam for taking a cheap shot at the LGBT issue. She was referring to the Minister’s Facebook post where he commented on an incident in the UK where a gay couple got …

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Botswana joins Angola and Mozambique in the list of African nations to decriminalise same-sex relations

Botswana has joined the ranks of two other African nations Angola and Mozambique in decriminalising same-sex relations through a landmark High Court ruling yesterday (11 Jun). Justice Michael Leburu, in delivering his judgement, said that a democratic society is characterised by “tolerance, diversity and open-mindedness.” He added that “societal inclusion is central to ending poverty and fostering shared prosperity”, and …

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MARUAH calls on the Government to do more for senior citizens in Singapore

MARUAH, a human-rights NGO, asks the Government to provide more for older people in Singapore, including those who are 55 and above. This is because there have been studies and reports on how seniors in the country are just not coping well, financially, and in some instances, in self-management. The latest study, using the Minimum Income Standards (MIS), was released …

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Bhutan succeeds India in decriminalising homosexuality as National Assembly passes Penal Code amendment

Less than a year after its neighbour India repealed a colonial-era law which criminalised homosexuality for centuries, the kingdom of Bhutan’s National Assembly had almost unanimously passed an amendment to the nation’s Penal Code on Fri (7 Jun). Local dailies Kuensel and The Bhutanese reported that only one parliamentarian in Bhutan’s lower house of Parliament voted against the amendment to repeal …

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After the pink dot scatters

(Content warning: Homophobic and transphobic violence) by Nabilah Husna Singapore’s first report on LGBTQ women‘s experiences of violence and discrimination was met with crickets from the government and mainstream media. Prejudice and hatred shape LGBTQ lives, but their stories are often drowned out by state silence. 377A and marriage equality — likely the go-to topics when you bring up LGBTQ issues to a random …

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Singapore Kindness Movement launches Kindness Carnival to promote considerate behaviour on the road

Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM) conducted the second edition of the Kindness Carnival, which celebrated and promoted kindness on the road through educational and fun-filled activities suitable for the whole family. The family-friendly carnival is the first event organised by SKM to focus on kindness on the roads through various games such as the hourly circuit game where participants were reminded …

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