Africa

Botswana appeals ruling in favor of LGBTI rights group

The Botswana government is appealing a November 2014 court ruling that instructed it to  register the LGBTI rights organization LeGaBiBo (Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana). LeGaBiBo vowed to oppose the government’s appeal. It is currently consulting with attorneys about what steps to take next. LeGaBiBo coordinator Annah Mmolai-Chalmers said Jan. 21 that the group was disappointed by … Continue reading

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Uganda LGBTI get 2nd chance to elect legitimate reps

Efforts to increase LGBTI people’s and sex workers’ involvement in planning Ugandan health services are not going smoothly, reports Ugandan correspondent Kikonyogo Kivumbi. An election to choose representatives of those key population groups was ruled invalid on Wednesday, Jan. 21. As a result, those groups still have no official representatives on the Ugandan health policy … Continue reading

Asia / Oceania

LGBTI activists optimistic about new Sri Lankan leaders

LGBTI activists in Sri Lanka hope that a new group of reform-minded leaders who took office early this month will move the country closer to repeal of its ancient anti-gay law. “We are confident they will do the right thing,” said Rosanna Flamer-Caldera, executive director of the Sri Lankan LGBTI group Equal Ground. Kaleidoscope Australia … Continue reading

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Priest, young man arrested; Cameroon police seek bribe

We received the following statement from the CAMFAIDS (Cameroonian Foundation for AIDS), based in Yaounde, Cameroon (slightly modified): Priest and a young man arrested for homosexuality in Yaounde last Friday (Jan. 16) at around 10 pm by officers from the special operations group (GSO). According to facts gathered by CAMFAIDS’ legal officer, during the ride … Continue reading

Africa

Mozambique: Anti-gay law is gone, anti-gay bias remains

Add Mozambique to the list of countries with no law against same-sex intimacy, which isn’t to say that LGBTI people in that east African nation enjoy equal treatment under the law. The country’s LGBTI advocacy organization, Lambda, has been fighting since 2008 for official government recognition. Last year, Mozambique revised a Penal Code that had … Continue reading