Tanzania cries ‘homosexuality’ to block health-care lawsuit
Africa

Tanzania cries ‘homosexuality’ to block health-care lawsuit

The Tanzanian government didn’t like the fact that lawyers were meeting with clients on Tuesday, Oct. 17, in Dar es Salaam to discuss a planned lawsuit seeking restoration of health-care services that have been  dismantled during Tanzania’s ongoing anti-LGBT crackdown. To block that meeting, Tanzanian police moved in, arrested 13 people and accused  them of … Continue reading

Nigeria’s anti-gay law boosts anti-LGBT extortion, violence
Africa

Nigeria’s anti-gay law boosts anti-LGBT extortion, violence

Nigeria’s Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, 2013 (SSMPA) has made a bad situation much worse for Nigeria’s beleaguered lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, Human Rights Watch said in a recent report. The law has led to an increase in extortion and violence against LGBT people and imposed restrictions on nongovernmental organizations providing essential services … Continue reading

Africa / Americas

Historic meeting from Africa, Americas: End anti-LGBTI attacks

In an unprecedented meeting, human rights experts from Africa and the Americas have appealed for an end to violence targeting LGBTI people. The meeting, which involved United Nations human rights experts and representatives of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, occurred in November 2015. It … Continue reading

Americas / Europe

Bad news, briefly, from Jamaica, Gambia, Russia

In brief, some troubling news from countries with anti-gay laws, excerpted with slight modifications from UNAIDS’s Equal Eyes recap of the world’s LGBTI-related news and elsewhere: Anti-LGBTI rally in Jamaica portrays homophobes as victims In Jamaica, hundreds of Christians rallied against same-sex marriage in a move organizers said was meant to ‘give heterosexuals a voice’ … Continue reading

Africa

Cameroon: Human rights plea provokes death threat

After speaking out last month against human rights violations by Cameroonian forces opposing Boko Haram insurgents in northern Cameroon, human rights defender Maximilienne Ngo Mbe became the target of an apparent death threat on television, plus abusive criticism for advocating human rights for LGBT people. Ngo Mbe, as executive director of the Cameroon-based Network of … Continue reading

Commentary

African Commission to promote LGBTI interests

The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights recently adopted a historic multilateral agreement, along with 25 nations, the EU, UNAIDS and the UNDP. Owing to its importance for Africa in particular, we are publishing the entire communique.  This could well serve African and other LGBTI advocates well and be one more instrument to persuade their own … Continue reading

Africa / Commentary

Gambia: Life Sentence for ‘Aggravated Homosexuality’

We are republishing the entire news release from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch on the worsening situation for LGBTI in Gambia.  New Law Threatens LGBTI Community (Dakar, November 21, 2014) – Gambia’s recent passage of a homophobic law puts the already persecuted lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community at even greater risk of … Continue reading

Africa / Commentary

Activist: Cheers, fears over historic African resolution

Much work needs to be done throughout Africa to follow up on an African Commission resolution opposing violence and human rights violations against sexual minorities, says Juliet Mphande, a human rights, media and peace activist from Zambia. In this commentary, Mphande  describes the message the resolution  sends to African governments and  its meaning to African human … Continue reading