Paraguay, South America

Paraguay is a poor and unequal society. It ranks as the second poorest country in South America. A large percentage of the population derive their living from agricultural activity, often on a subsistence basis. Excessive use of police and military force, impunity, poor prison conditions, and violence against women continue to be key concerns. Conflicts over land, both agricultural and urban, often lead to excessive use of force. The Truth and Justice Commission is investigating past violations of human rights, but impunity for past and current abuses and an illegal delay in compensation for past abuses remain problems. Prisons continue to be sites of new abuses, and the vast majority of prisoners have never been convicted of any crime. Domestic violence is widespread. Thousands of children work in the streets, and women and children are vulnerable to trafficking and other forms of abuse. Judicial protection for vulnerable populations is limited.

Homophobia is a pervasive, accepted aspect of Paraguayan culture; being gay and being communist are considered the country's two greatest sins - both grounds for imprisonment or exile. See gay rights in Paraguay



An incredible court ruling just ordered 16 countries to make same-sex marriage legal

A landmark court ruling has ordered 16 new countries to make same-sex marriage legal. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights reached a decision today on a marriage equality petition submitted two years ago by Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solis. 20 countries agreed to follow the court’s rulings when they signed the American Convention on… Read more »

Pope Francis Meets With Married Gay Activist In Paraguay

Pope Francis, the spiritual leader of more than 1.6 billion Roman Catholics, on Saturday held his first public meeting with an LGBT rights activist. Simon Cazal, executive director of LGBT advocate SOMOSGAY (We Are Gay), was invited to join the conversation with the pontiff as he visited Asuncion, the capital of Paraguay. He said that… Read more »

Pope Francis To Meet With Married Gay Activist In Paraguay

Pope Francis, the spiritual leader of more than 1.6 billion Roman Catholics, will hold his first public meeting with a married gay rights activist. The meeting will take place during the pope’s upcoming visit to Paraguay next month. According to BuzzFeed News, Francis will meet with Simon Cazal, executive director of LGBT advocate SOMOSGAY. Cazal… Read more »

Video: Violent repression of gay activists in Paraguay

Paraguay LGBT activists were assaulted by the National Police while protesting against homophobia during the “44th General Assembly of the OAS.” Paraguay -. Activists Monday This LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans) demonstrated in the vicinity of the premises of the South American Football Confederation in Luque , where he holds the 44th General Assembly of… Read more »

SOMOSGAY Launches New Campaign On LGBT Human Rights

SOMOSGAY and “Diversa” Network, with support from the European Union and Fundación Triángulo (Spain), will launch on December 10th a new campaign called “Paraguay With Rights, Human Paraguay” in commemoration of the International Day of Human Rights. This campaign aims to place the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a political priority, with the prospect… Read more »

Hundreds March In Paraguay For Gay Rights

Roughly 400 gay people joined a public march in downtown Asuncion, Paraguay on Saturday to demand greater rights. Activists also want the government to investigate the murders of transgender people. Under the slogan of “holiday, in memory and protest,” the demonstrators marched through the city to the Pantheon of Heroes, Asuncion’s memorial to the country’s… Read more »

Gay couple to force Paraguay to accept marriage equality

Simon Cazal and Sergio López, a gay couple in Paraguay is mounting a legal challenge to force the country to recognize theirs and others’ gay marriage A Paraguayan gay couple demands the right to register their marriage in their country. Thirty-year old Simon Cazal and 20-year-old Sergio López were married last year in Argentina, the… Read more »

Demonstrators Demand Gay Marriage In Paraguay

A demonstration in Asuncion, Paraguay on Saturday demanded that lawmakers approve a gay marriage law. Over 500 activists participated in the 9th annual evening event, marching from the steps of Antequera to the Pantheon of Heroes, Asuncion’s memorial to the country’s fallen soldiers. Demonstrators carried signs with slogans such as “Homosexuality is not a disease,… Read more »

Gay Paraguay News & Reports

1 Being an American homosexual in Paraguay 10/86 2 Protest Abduction and Violence Against Lesbian 5/10 3 Argentine Neighbors Uruguay, Paraguay To Debate Gay Marriage 7/10 4 Dueling Gay Marriage Rallies Held In Paraguay 10/10 5 Activists In Paraguay Optimistic About Upcoming Gay Marriage Debate 10/10 6 Organizaciones LGBT de Paraguay exigieron justicia para los… Read more »