Kenya UNHCR Needs More Shelter for LGBTI Refugees in Nairobi

UNHCR Transfers LGBTI Refugees in Kenya to Unsanitary Crowded Conditions Posted on December 24, 2018 by Melanie Nathan On 11th December thirty LGBTQ refugees were attacked and beaten by Kenyan police while protesting discrimination and the harsh unsafe conditions at Kakuma refugee camp. We reported that attack in the words of the refugees at: https://oblogdee.blog/2018/12/11/lgbt-refugee-peaceful-protest-turns-violent-at-unhcr-compound-in-kenya/ . Some days later UNHCR issued a statement condemning the attack, noting the following in their statement: "UNHCR condemns the violence perpetrated against these refugees and asylum-seekers, and reiterates that every individual has a fundamental hum

Roberts Sways Ruling Against Trump's Asylum Ban

Conservative appointee, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. joined the U.S. Supreme Court’s liberal wing Friday in refusing to block a California judge’s ruling against enforcement of new policies that restrict asylum-seekers along the southern border. Roberts Aligns With Liberal Wing in Ruling Against Trump's Asylum Ban "The high court, voting 5-4, left in place a ruling from U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco that enjoined the Trump administration from enforcing the new asylum policies. Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Samuel Alito Jr., Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas voted to grant the Justice Department’s request to stay the ruling. The Justice Department had urged the Supreme Court to

Unconscionable New Trump Migration Protocols will Hurt LGBTQ People

African Human Rights Coalition condemns the Trump new Migration Protection Protocols (MPP) announced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this morning. Under this new policy, asylum seekers arriving at the United States’ southern border will be forced to wait in Mexico for the duration of their immigration proceedings. This move is yet another illegal attempt by the Trump Administration to rewrite our nation’s immigration laws in order to advance an inhumane, anti-refugee agenda. While this policy is harsh for all migrants, refugees who are asylum seekers we refer particularly here to LGBTQ asylum seekers. Melanie Nathan, Executive Director of the African Human Rights Coalition: This

UNHCR Statement on Kenyan Police Attack Against LGBT in Kakuma

African HRC and other advocates have been requesting UNHCR plan for the safe protection and humane living conditions for LGBTQ refugees in Kakuma Refugee Camp for several years, with only slight ad hoc and ultimately ineffective results. The harsh conditions and insecurities led to a protest this week and an attack by Kenyan police on the refugees, mostly Ugandan nationals. We reported that attack in the words of the refugees HERE. At African HRC have been communicating directly with the refugees and reaching out to UNHCR for comment and assistance. Now finally there is the hope for change and the global LGBT community, including the United States, MUST do its part to ensure a positive outco

This UDHR Day we call on South African Government to treat Asylum Seekers with Respect and Dignity

Melanie Nathan of the African Human Rights Coalition: We have had many reports of the harsh inhumane treatment metered out on Asylum seekers in South Africa: @PresidencyZA ‏ @CyrilRamaphosa ‏ @DeidreCarterMP @JacksonMthembu_ ‏ @DrBladeNzimande ‏ @HomeAffairsSA #FatimaChohan #SouthAfrica On this the day we celebrate the 70th year of the #UDHR - please take a hard look at your deplorable treatment of African asylum seekers and #refugees from Northern countries. People, including mothers with babies on their backs, are whipped by police as they stand for hours, day after day, in the baking sun, waiting to be processed, often weeks go by and nothing happens, except more beatings. LGBTQ peopl

LGBTQI Refugees on this 70th Year of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Preamble Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all member

Big News from South Africa and Botswana

South Africa: Today the Members of Parliament voted to approve the Civil Union Amendment Bill. The legislation will next go to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP). If and when it is passed by the NCOP, the Bill will then be sent to President Cyril Ramaphosa to sign it into law. Until this law passes, too many government officials continue to express personal prejudice by being able to turn same-sex couples away due to an onerous religious exemption provision that screams for this amendment: As reported by Mamba Online: The Bill, introduced by Cope MP Deidre Carter, aims to remove Section 6 of the Civil Union Act which currently allows state-employed Home Affairs officials to refuse to

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