Chelsea Manning freed from prison and other international stories

United States Army photograph of Bradley Manning now known as ‘Chelsea Manning’. Image credit: Manning’s lawyer, David Coombs [2]

35-year-old US soldier, Chelsea Manning, who is responsible for leaking classified government materials to WikiLeaks, has been released from a Kansas Military prison today.

Manning was convicted of espionage and 20 charges in connection with the leaks.

She was known as Bradley Manning before transitioning in prison.

Manning served seven years of her 35 year sentence as she was granted clemency by former President Barack Obama during his last days in office last year.

Gay men prosecuted in Indonesia 

A Sharia court in the Indonesian province of Aceh has sentenced two gay men to public caning for the first time.

The couple aged 20 and 23, are the first people to be convicted of homosexuality in the country.

They have been sentenced to 85 lashes each.

The canning is due to be carried out on May 23rd in the city of Banda Aceh before the start of Ramadan.

Aceh is the only province in Indonesia that practices Sharia law.

Britons arrested in Thailand over illegal football streaming

Two British men have been arrested and turned into the British embassy in Bangkok for allegedly selling online access to illegally streamed football broadcasts.

William Lloyd, who’s 39, and thirty five year old William Robinson are accused of causing damages worth more than £2.2 million to the broadcast rights holders.

A Thai national named as Supatra Raksasat, who’s 33, has also been arrested and is alleged to have been involved in the crime.

The three men allegedly sold illegal broadcasts of football matches on the website.

May 17th is the international day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia

Today is the international day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia.

This year’s theme focuses on the role of families in the well-being of LGBTI people and respect for the rights of LGBTI families.

The joint United Nations programme on HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS has called for zero discrimination and ending AIDS by 2030.

UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé, said that ‘Many young gay and transgender people are rejected by their families, living on the streets, facing all types of discrimination and violence.’

Mr Sidibé also believes that ‘we must encourage inclusion and compassion and ensure that networks of support are in place, including access to essential health and social services.’

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