AsylumConnect Week in Review 01/28/2019

This week was full of set backs and strides for LGBTQ rights across the world. While Chechneya has renewed their anti-LGBTQ purge, the United States and Angola took steps to protect the LGBTQ community. Here are five of the most important articles from this week.

DHS plans to begin turning asylum-seekers back to Mexico to await court dates

Julia Ainsley- NBC News

“ The Trump administration plans to begin turning asylum-seekers back across the southern border on Friday to wait in Mexico under a new policy designed to crack down on immigration by Central American families, according to three Department of Homeland Security officials familiar with the matter.”

‘I Have to Stay Alive’: Gay Brazilian Lawmaker Gives Up Seat Amid Threats

Shasta Darlington- The New York Times

“An openly gay federal lawmaker in Brazil who has frequently clashed with the country’s new far-right president said on Thursday that he was giving up his seat because of death threats.”

Activists say they are helping people flee new anti-gay purge in Chechnya

Patrick Reevell- ABC News

“The LGBT Network, a St. Petersburg-based rights group, said last week that 40 people had been detained and at least two were tortured to death in what they believe is a renewal of a campaign of terror that took place in 2017, and saw dozens of gay men kidnapped and tortured by Chechen security services.”

UN welcomes Angola’s repeal of anti-gay law, and ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation

UN News

“In a move to embrace equality, Angola has decriminalized homosexuality and banned discrimination based on sexual orientation, in a sweeping review of its colonial era penal code, which had stood since independence from Portugal in 1975.”

Cuomo signs GENDA, NY transgender rights bill, and conversion therapy ban

Robert Harding- The Citizen

“The conversion therapy ban and the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, which adds gender expression and identity as protected classes in the state's human rights and hate crimes laws, have been priorities for the LGBTQ community. The bills were blocked by Republicans when the GOP controlled the state Senate.”