India's Decriminalization of LGBTI People Gives Hope in Looming Kenyan Case

On Thursday 5th September, 2018, the Supreme Court of India issued a historical ruling reversing over 150 years of criminalization of the country’s LGBT community. The judgment handed down by a five judge bench led by the country’s Chief Justice ruled that Section 377 of India’s penal code, that made consensual same sex acts between adults a crime, was unconstitutional. A similar case, challenging sections of Kenya’s Penal Code that criminalize same sex intimacy is currently before the High Court in Nairobi with a ruling expected in the near future. The case which is before a three judge bench is backed by rights organisation, the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC). Re

AHRC Statement On Indian Court Ruling to Decriminalize Homosexuality

Melanie Nathan: India’s Supreme Court has struck down section 377 of its Penal Code, decriminalizing homosexuality. A five-judge bench at the country’s highest court ruled that a 160-year-old law banning sex “against the order of nature” amounted to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and was unconstitutional. This is fantastic news. And so amazing that the Indian Supreme Court was unanimous in deciding to decriminalize India’s LGBT community. This is a victory, not only for India but also for the international LGBTQI community. The entire globe of LGBTI people owe its thanks to those in India who fought so hard to ensure the Colonial era Penal Code is finally put to its dea

Statement by African HRC Condemning Malaysian Torture of Lesbians

Melanie Nathan, Executive Director, African HRC, in response to the Sharia Law action where 2 women were publicly canned in the State of Terengganu, Malaysia, pursuant to a conviction for attempting lesbian sex:: At African Human Rights Coalition, we condemn in the strongest terms the conviction and punishment of 2 women, sentenced to pay $800 and canning, by the Sharia Court in Malaysia, as well as the fostering of this human rights infraction by the Malaysian government. The canning of LGBTQI people and those perceived as such is torture. Criminalizing sexuality is inhumane and lacks accuracy about the nature of human sexuality, fostering myth and lies. Human sexuality is natural and a

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