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Anita Kanitz
8 years ago
Lesbian and gay rights are human rights!
Back in December 2011,the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights published a landmark report identifying that violence against LGBT people “tends to be especially vicious compared to other bias-motivated crimes.” It said that states have an “obligation to exercise due diligence” to investigate and prosecute such crimes.

Thailand is a country often assumed to be LGBT friendly because of the tolerance that is part of Thai Buddhism, but human rights advocates are protesting a pattern of killings of lesbians and ‘tomboys.’ ‘Tom’ is a specifically Thai gender identity where lesbian women dress, act and speak in a masculine fashion.

Most of the killings have been dismissed by police as “love gone sour” or the fault of the victims.

They have verified information in 15 murder cases over the last few years, the youngest of whom was 17. In addition to being stabbed multiple times, suffocated, strangled, or shot to death, many of the lesbians and toms had also been raped. In two cases of double homicides, lesbian couples were killed by men who objected to their relationship and felt rebuffed when their attempts at coercing one partner into a heterosexual relationship failed.

24-year-old Nurisan Chedurame was described as a tomboy by those who knew her and in the media. Last December, she was found dead near her village’s garbage dump with her head smashed in. A three-inch club was found at the crime scene. Relatives said that Nurisan had not returned from being out with friends the night before. Thai media quote police as suspecting she was killed because “she was involved with women.”

Also in December, the body of 25-year-old tomboy Kanchana Changkwian was found two months after she went missing. In that case, police speculated that she had been raped and murdered “for becoming involved with a married woman.”

In another case from last year a ‘tom’ (who is not named in reports) was murdered by her girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend. Parents and relatives of the girlfriend (also not named) had opposed the relationship, and despite threats against the tom, had failed to stop the couple from continuing to see each other. The mother of the girlfriend engineered the murder of the tom and promised to marry off her daughter to the ex-boyfriend who committed the murder.

Most of the verified cases have not been properly investigated because of a failure to recognize possible hate crime motives.

Said Grace Poore, of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC):

“The killing and rapes of lesbians and toms represents a callous disregard for humanity. The failure of the Thai government to prevent or properly investigate these killings are not only appalling, they are evidence of poor governance and blatant violation of international human rights law.”

IGLHRC and Human Rights Watch (HRW) have written to the Thai government demanding that this pattern of killings be investigated. The letter also makes a series of recommendations that authorities work with local human rights groups to ensure that LGBT people enjoy the protections they have under Thai law and that they educate both law enforcement and the Thai public about those protections.

Thailand has signed a number of international treaties that guarantee respect for human rights, and it was one of the countries which supported the process at the United Nations, led by South Africa, which has resulted in the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ report.

Australian police have released a shocking X-ray photo showing the skull of a murdered Chinese immigrant shot 34 times in the head and neck with a high-power nail gun.

The body of gay Chen Liu, 27, was found 2008 by two children in marshland in south Sydney, wrapped in a carpet and bound with electrical wire.Detectives said the weapon used was a standard gas nail gun widely available and used in construction, firing nails up to 85mm (3.3 inches) long.
“In 36 years, I’ve never seen a murder of this nature,” Homicide Squad Superintendent Geoff Beresford said.

“It’s a particularly brutal and vicious murder and hence the reason we are seeking information from the public.”

Liu arrived in Australia in 2000 and was reported missing last year.

Police appealed to the public for help in solving the gruesome killing of a Chinese man who was shot 34 times in the head and neck with a nail gun before being dumped in a river.

Police have yet to say whether they’ve identified any suspects.

The 34 nails were found during a post-mortem examination of Liu’s body, and were located mainly in his skull. They were fired from an 85 mm nail gun at close range, Beresford said. Police have not recovered the weapon.

“We certainly believe the nail gun is responsible for the death – there’s no doubt about that,” he said.

Police believe he was killed 12 days before his corpse was discovered.

Police are investigating associates of Liu, who also went by the name Anthony Liu, but said they have no evidence to suggest he was linked to any criminal group. They refused to say whether they’ve identified any suspects or persons of interest.

Liu arrived in the city of Melbourne on a student visa from China in early 2000 and moved to Sydney, where he married for a short time and separated, police said. They declined to release any additional information about him, including whether any of his family members are living in Australia.
“In 36 years, I’ve never seen a murder of this nature,” Homicide Squad Superintendent Geoff Beresford said.

“It’s a particularly brutal and vicious murder and hence the reason we are seeking information from the public.”

Liu arrived in Australia in 2000 and was reported missing last year.

Police appealed to the public for help in solving the gruesome killing of a Chinese man who was shot 34 times in the head and neck with a nail gun before being dumped in a river.

Police have yet to say whether they’ve identified any suspects.

The 34 nails were found during a post-mortem examination of Liu’s body, and were located mainly in his skull. They were fired from an 85 mm nail gun at close range, Beresford said. Police have not recovered the weapon.

“We certainly believe the nail gun is responsible for the death – there’s no doubt about that,” he said.

Police believe he was killed 12 days before his corpse was discovered.

Police are investigating associates of Liu, who also went by the name Anthony Liu, but said they have no evidence to suggest he was linked to any criminal group. They refused to say whether they’ve identified any suspects or persons of interest.

Liu arrived in the city of Melbourne on a student visa from China in early 2000 and moved to Sydney, where he married for a short time and separated, police said. They declined to release any additional information about him, including whether any of his family members are living in Australia.

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Bernice Pitt
9 years ago
Fairness for everyone.

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Sam Fret
9 years ago
I'm just tired of all the hate being spread around, from BOTH sides. It's not good for people, and it's not good for a community. I don't know what this school's Chick Fil-A is like, but I feel bad for all the employees who are caught in the middle that might not even want to be a part of the debate. I'll sign the petition to support the school, but always keep in mind in the back of your head the people you might be hurting. People can be ignorant and stupid, but at the end of the day we're all hard working Americans just trying to get by.

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Ashleigh McClane
9 years ago
Because Chick-Fil-A's values violate WVA's Strategic Plan to Achieve Social Justice. Acknowledging that Chick-Fil-A has publicly admitted their opposition to same-sex marriage and there are no negative reprecussions could show students that they will also have no negative reprecussions if they decide to bully or violate individuals in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community. If a student was in violation of these very same accusations they would have reprecussions, perhaps honor or conduct court. This controversial and contradictory issue should be taken seriously about the message the WVA university is sending to the world and its students.

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Annemarie Moretto
9 years ago
I stand firmly in support of marriage equality

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Ashley Gao
9 years ago
I do not believe in the genecide or plans that is trying to be enforced by the organizations that Chick Fli A funds.

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Kayla Jones
9 years ago
Discrimination cannot be supported.

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Alex Stanton
9 years ago
because same sex marriage needs to be supported more than close-minded ideals do

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Megan Grosholz
9 years ago
because of where the money is going.

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Corie Lynch
9 years ago
I'm gay and I like(d) Chick-fil-A and they do not promote WVU's standards of respectful and civil policies on the public campus.