The desperation of daily life in Honduras is driving thousands of people to join other Central American migrants in their long march northward toward what they hope is asylum in the United States. Yet the situation is especially grave for those who are LGBT, in particular gender non-conforming men and minors.
Brunei recently implemented a new Sharia criminal code stipulating, among other things, the death penalty for gay sex and adultery. Dominik Müller discusses the history of Islamic law in Brunei, how the new criminal code was shaped by foreign influence, and how international criticism is received in Brunei.
Activists in Kenya and Botswana are pursuing legal challenges to laws that criminalize same-sex sexual acts. The cases reflect growing enthusiasm for the use of so-called strategic litigation to promote the human rights of sexual minorities. But regardless of how the courts decide, the tactic comes with risks.