LGBTQ South Africans Closer to Victory as Crucial Amendment Adopted by Parliamentary Committee

In a victory for LGBTIQ equality and same-sex couples in South Africa, the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs in Parliament has adopted a Civil Union Amendment Bill. The Parliamentary Committee's adoption of the Bill is a major step in the proposed legislation’s journey to becoming law. Mamba Online reports the good news: "The Bill aims to remove Section 6 of the Civil Union Act which allows Home Affairs officials to refuse to marry same-sex couples on the grounds of their “conscience, religion [or] belief”. The Private Member’s Bill was introduced by Cope MP Deidre Carterin January in response to increasing numbers of same-sex couples who were turned away from Home Affairs offices when t


Friends family and community are exceedingly worried - they have not heard directly from Oros! Sakhile Oros Msibi known to always display his famous hashtag #TeamThis is an openly Gay socialite from Swaziland who has not been his usual visible vocal self for many months and community, family, friends are concerned. Friends and fans believe that the Swazi Government are concerned about his disappearance, convinced that he has been murdered. African Human Rights Coalition reached out directly to Mr. Msibi but he has not responded. We are asking for him to come forward to report being safe, and even if he is purposely in hiding, we will maintain his confidentiality and privacy and comple

Transgender in Zimbabwe Means Limbo or Exile

An Article in ALL AFRICA - By Robert Tapfumaneyi Transgender Zimbabweans are living in limbo because changing gender markers on official documents involves nearly impossible legal hurdles and insensitive verification processes, activists have said. Since the gender category is not officially acknowledged in Zimbabwe, many are forced to identify as either male or female on official documents although they are not living as such. According to Trans Research, Education and Training (TREAT), some 400 Zimbabweans are living openly as transgender. However, those who have transitioned from either male of female remain without a gender category because the country's constitution is silent on the ma

Gunmen Kidnap Young Italian Volunteer in Kenya

Gunmen kidnapped an Italian woman and wounded several other people in the first kidnapping of a foreigner in Kenya in several years, authorities and witnesses said Wednesday. Silvia Costanza Romano, a 23-year-old volunteer working with Kenyan students, had begged for help before she was violently taken away by the attackers who stormed the Chakama trading center on the coastal county of Kilifi at around 8 p.m. on Tuesday, police and witnesses said. Romano, who studied linguistic mediation in Milan, had told friends back home how happy she had been in Kenya and had planned to stay at least until the end of the year because she felt enriched "like never before in my life." Five people were wou

Lives Lost Transgender Day of Remembrance TDOR - 2018

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual event that started in 1998 after the killing of Rita Hester, a transgender African American woman, in the United Sates. Today on TDOR we memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hate and prejudice. It is difficult to obtain statistics for countries abroad. At African Human Rights Coalition, we are aware of an increase in the number of cases reported to us from various African countries, which have resulted in an upsurge of transgender people migrating to other countries, seeking refugee mandates from UNHCR, for resettlement abroad. As of November 20, Transgender Day of Remembrance, 22 homicides of trans Americans have been

African HRC Statement on Tanzanian Human Rights Abuses of LGBTI People

Statement by Melanie Nathan, Executive Director for African Human Rights Coalition: African Human rights Coalition vehemently condemns the hateful sentiment being expressed by political leaders, the arrests and all threats to the safety and human rights of people who are either LGBTQI or perceived as such on Zanzibar and in Tanzania. Leaders should not use the draconian laws delivered by the Colonizers to persecute people whose only ‘crime’ has been to love someone of the same gender or to express their authentic gender identity. To use myth and lies about any minority to further one’s popularity or as a political tool is not only insidious but also a sign of weak and ineffective leade

African HRC Condemns Trump Threat to Asylum Seekers

VIA CNN: President Donald Trump on Thursday claimed he would sign an executive order "next week" aimed at restricting US asylum rules, as he seeks to use a group of Central American migrants heading for the US border as part of his midterm election closing argument. He also suggested that the US troops he dispatched to the US-Mexico border could fire on someone in the migrant caravan if the person threw rocks or stones at them. Melanie Nathan, Executive Director of African HRC makes the following statement with regard to Donald Trump's latest threat directed at the caravan of asylum seekers making their way through Central America toward the United States border: The African Human Rights Coa


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