Same-sex sexual activity was criminalised only briefly in Japan's history between and , after which a localised version of the Napoleonic Penal Code was adopted with an equal age of consent. Japan is the only country within the G7 still not to legally recognise same-sex couples at all. Japan's culture and major religions do not have a history of hostility towards homosexuality. A law allowing transgender individuals to change their legal gender post- sex reassignment surgery and sterilization was passed in Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is banned in certain cities, including Tokyo. Tokyo Rainbow Pride has been held annually since , with attendance increasing every year.
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Events of In , the United States continued to move backwards on rights. In its foreign policy, the Trump administration made little use of its diminishing leverage to promote human rights abroad; continued to undermine multilateral institutions; and flouted international human rights and humanitarian law as it partnered with abusive governments—though it did sanction some individuals and governments for committing human rights abuses. The US continues to have the highest reported criminal incarceration rate in the world , with 2. The figures show a slight decrease in the number of people incarcerated from to and a 10 percent decrease from a decade earlier.
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Help us continue to fight human rights abuses. Please give now to support our work. Geneva — The UN Human Rights Council resolution passed on September 26, , to combat violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is a critically important achievement for upholding the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 25 human rights and other groups said today. The new resolution follows a June resolution by the Human Rights Council that was the first by a UN body on human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Same-sex sexual activity among persons at least 21 years of age is legal in Madagascar. Madagascar does not recognise same-sex marriage or civil unions. Only married, heterosexual couples may adopt children in Madagascar. The law in Madagascar does not outlaw discrimination with regard to sexual orientation or gender identity.